Capsules of the matches at the Presidents Cup

Capsules of the matches at the Presidents Cup

Capsules of the matches at the Presidents Cup

The United States captain, Steve Stricker, purposefully sent out Fowler and Thomas, who had looked unbeatable on Thursday, against the South African pair, who had a 5-0 career record together at the Presidents Cup, including a 3-and-1 victory over Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger that was the global team's only win on Thursday.

Mickelson, who has played in all 12 Presidents Cups, has 24 match victories to tie the record set by Tiger Woods in eight appearances.

Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin were 2 up with four holes to play against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed and had to settle for a halve. Jordan Spieth's best intentions cost him a hole in a ruling rarely seen in match play, though that didn't matter in another point.

Stricker's toughest decision was deciding which four players to leave out on Saturday morning with their depth such that Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell were benched, despite their runaway 6&5 victory on Friday.

Despite failing to clinch, it was another ruthless performance from the USA, who won three of four foursomes matches and halved the other then followed up by prevailing in three of the four-ball contests. They closed out the match on the 17th when Berger missed the green.

The International team of players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe, started the final day needing to sweep every match to snatch victory. "If we can pull off a win here, this is going to be one for the ages for our team because it's been a long time since we've won". At the end of the day, the scoreboard reads: US: 14.5; Internationals: 3.5. Spieth returned the compliment, saying that he knows if he can get his wedge shots to within 10 feet, Reed nearly always makes the putt.

"They came in here riding a ton of momentum and a ton of confidence", Stricker said.

The Americans had an 11-point lead going into Sunday.

"I think it was just an oversight on his part", said global captain Nick Price.

"It's tough to be on the receiving end of another loss for all of us", worldwide captain Nick Price said after presiding over his third straight defeat at the helm.

The South African duo, coming off their first loss, opened with two birdies and a 2-up lead through three holes.

Just like the opening session, the matches looked as though they could go either way until the back nine. "Honestly, we're all playing really good golf right now". Mickelson hit wedge to 2 feet on the 15th for a 2-up lead, only for Grillo to stick his tee shot on the par-3 16th to 2 feet.

The U.S. have won 101 holes to 61, while the bellicose crowd have upset some of the worldwide team players.

Charl Schwartzel, International, def. Matt Kuchar, United States, 1 up. "We have a resilient team".

Thomas had represented the United States in five separate global events as an amateur or junior golfer before making his men's team national debut Thursday. It's the largest two-session lead in the history of the event and the Americans can technically clinch the cup before Sunday's singles start.

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