The start of the Presidents Cup gave golf a new Big Three - former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton posing with players and wives on each team in an opening ceremony unlike any other.
The results were all too familiar.
Their heroics in Incheon were to no avail, as the Internationals fell by a point.
The Internationals have to win the session if they have any hope of getting their second ever win in this thing. And when they jumped on a ferry to take them across the New York Harbor to their Manhattan hotel, they had the lead.
The 12th Presidents Cup between the US and an worldwide team began in raucous but light-hearted fashion in front of the past three American presidents at Liberty National on Thursday with the national anthem immaculately observed. They probably need to take a full three points to be in it going into Saturday's double session. "(I) felt like we did a good job of that".
In the opening match in New Jersey, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler beat Charl Schwartzel and Hideki Matsuyama 6&4.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - The Presidents Cup is living up to its name like never before.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar played bogey-free in 20 miles per hour gusts for a 1-up victory over Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas. The reduction started in 2015, when worldwide captain Nick Price lobbied for less points because lack of depth on his side was a big contributor in the overall noncompetitive nature of this event since it started in 1994. "We have a resilient team". Just to get to meet them was a dream come true for me. "They did it last time in Korea".
The United States started strong in pursuit of a 10th Presidents Cup crown on Thursday, taking a 3.5 to 1.5 lead over the worldwide team in the biennial match play golf showdown. However, the International Team is improving with the emergence of Day and Matsuyama.
Then there was Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner, who went from way out front to inexplicably behind to happy to grab a half-point in their topsy-turvy match with Jason Day and Marc Leishman.
For the most part, everything else went the Americans' way. That pairing was even with Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger through 12 holes, but the global team won the 13th and 15th holes to take charge. "We've got a great team. It was a good start for us", Stricker said at day's end.
The stars on this day didn't hit a shot.
"We're very comfortable around each other", Oosthuizen told Sky Sports. "I was looking forward to this Presidents Cup for a very long time, and I didn't expect all the presidents to be there".
The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the series, their lone loss in 1998 at Royal Melbourne a few weeks before Christmas. Sitting will be Matt Kuchar and Daniel Berger on the U.S. side, and Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim for the Internationals. But the Americans fought back to earn a one-up victory. Scott came up short, and then missed a 6-foot par putt.
"I just wanted to know what they wanted to do and how we wanted to proceed as a team", he said.
The schedule for Friday's matches is below.
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