United States lead worldwide team after first day at Presidents Cup

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz arrives at the temporary government center setup
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So, he and Patrick Reed had to settle for rallying from two down through 14 holes to halve their match against the global team's Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin. Over a 4-day event, it's hard to see the International Team out-playing the Americans.

The United States have won nine of 11 Presidents Cups, including the last six and if the worldwide team, comprised of players from the rest of the world except Europe, are to end the drought they will have to overturn the biggest US advantage ever after Day Two of the biennial competition.

Phil Mickelson missed an 8-foot par putt on the par-3 18th at Liberty National or the US lead could be even greater. On this day in this event, they were the only Americans who didn't win.

So complete has been the United States dominance that they can clinch the Cup on Saturday, leaving Sunday's singles nothing more than dead rubbers. They lost to Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, 3 and 2.

After leading three matches in the Friday four-ball, the underdog Internationals lost four matches and halved one to plummet to a 8-2 points deficit after two sessions.

Hoffman said the two of them were "biting at the bit" after not having cracked captain Steve Stricker's rotation Thursday.

Ms Yulin posted this image of herself on Twitter
Ms Yulin posted this image of herself on Twitter Credit Twitter

The shortest match of the day belonged to a pair of American rookies, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman, who sat out the foursomes matches in the opening session.

"I think we saw the strength of the USA team come out today", Price said. Those two completely blitzed Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri, 6 and 5.

"We can catch up on sleep, and we're doing one round and one round tomorrow in an alternate-shot format, it nearly feels like you're playing less golf. There's 20 points left", Price said.

It was dispiriting for the other team, an amalgam of players from all parts of the globe. "To finish like that is huge for us going into tomorrow". "It probably wasn't the prettiest of matches at times, but a half's a half".

The leader of every country where the Presidents Cup is held are invited to be honorary chairman, but this was a first - three US presidents together at this event, sitting together in a box on the first tee and then posing with the trophy, the players and their wives. "I get goosebumps", Thomas said.

"It gave us a little more fire and momentum going into today". I think we come into this week feeling a lot better about ourselves knowing that we do have an opportunity to beat the American side, even though it's been one-sided throughout the years.



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