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Americans keeping rolling, 1 point away from Presidents Cup
December 16 2017, 04:50 | Van Peters
That story hasn't changed this year at Liberty National, as the United States crushed the worldwide side on Friday, opening a massive 8-2 lead.
Mathematically, the worldwide team could be done Saturday, the first day of a double session - four matches of foursomes in the morning, following by four matches of fourballs in the afternoon. They're hungry. They want to win. But they had to at least split it - get 2.5 points.
What occurred was not that.
The mighty United States team built a commanding 8-2 lead over the first two days and are more than halfway to the 15.5 points they need to lift the trophy.
However, the 29-year-old Australian won just half a point from his five matches as the United States won by a single point after Bill Haas defeated Sangmoon Bae in the final singles.
Despite Spieth's unfortunate mishap Team USA managed to half the hole after Reed carded a birdie to match the effort from the global duo.
It's gotten to the point that captain and player came to a mutual decision to sit the World No.3 out of tomorrow morning's Foursomes matches, along with the struggling Anirban Lahiri.
The Americans have won the opening session of the Presidents Cup for the sixth straight time, winning three matches and rallying to a halve in the final one.
A courageous move, considering the team need to scrape together every possible point they can tomorrow to give themselves a slim chance of a comeback on Sunday.
New Jersey: U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to visit this week's Presidents Cup, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said on Wednesday. On our weeks, we can beat anyone, and that goes throughout the whole team here.
Thomas and Fowler have obviously yet to be able to forge any history together, but the Spieth-Reed tandem dates to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, where they were bright spots in an otherwise bleak USA defeat.
The Presidents Cup, matches between Americans and players from every other continent except Europe, began in 1994 and since 1998 has invited sitting heads of state from the host country as honorary chairman. And the two had an awesome celebration ready for their debut in a match they dominated from the very first hole.
They got off to the flawless start with a win at the first and went to the turn 2up and looking comfortable but the back nine again proved their undoing.
The worst celebration was our last of the day.
"I think it comes down to on the greens", he said. However, at this point, we should know better than to count either of these stars out of anything.
Phil Mickelson rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to cap off another big day for the Americans in the Presidents Cup.
Mickelson took it from there. "Early in the day, it wasn't looking like it ended up being". Tiger's fist in the air in victory was pretty freaking cool too in the background. Thomas short-sided himself in a bunker, but got out of the trouble by just holing out from the sand. This year is another step towards the 2018 Ryder Cup. This birdie from Jason Day helps a little.
Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler were next in with a 3&2 victory over the previously unbeaten South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace. On Day 1, Thomas - a five-time victor on the PGA Tour this season and the FedExCup champion - admitted to being nervous, but by the time he and partner Rickie Fowler wrapped up their match he'd emerged as the team's emotional spark.