USA seize control of Presidents Cup
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 30, 2017,
Sep 30, 2017, 17:07
"It's a challenge, but we're used to playing in winds like this", Reed said.
The Americans danced because they could.
Mickelson joined Tiger Woods for the most wins in Presidents Cup history with his 24th on Friday.
"I'm clearly the worst selfie taker". "You know, the guys are trying". "But I can putt". Fred Couples, a captain's assistant on the team, covered his eyes as he watched the pair perform the salute from "The Three Amigos". Hell, they didn't even need to win the session.
Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama were the only worldwide duo to halt America's dominance, halving with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth. A 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Mickelson has won The Masters three times, the PGA Championship and The Open Championship. "They have a knack for doing that". "We had it a couple up there going through 14, they kind of turned it on and made a few putts". The Americans are 7 1/2 points away from clinching the cup.
The International team, comprised of players from around the world except for Europe, have lost nine of the 11 competitions and Price said it was hard to come together as a team. The Internationals won three.
"It was just a tough day", lamented Price. "We are all capable out here but we definitely understood what [Stricker] wanted to do".
While there are still 20 points to play for, this event is on the verge of being a rout. "We are not laying down".
The Americans got off to a flying start with Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler giving Hideki Matsuyama and Charl Schwartzel a towelling, 6&4. The Oosthuizen and Grace pairing continue to be a thorn in the side of the Americans.
Matsuyama said that Hadwin had carried him on the back nine, as the global duo surrendered a two-up lead over the final four holes. But given the way the matches have gone so far and the confidence pulsing in the United States team, keeping this tournament alive heading into Sunday seems a tall order.
Both players sat out Thursday's opening foursomes session and both played like they had something to prove. Those two completely blitzed Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri, 6 and 5.
"If you have a look at what's happened the last two days, we could have been 3-2 up yesterday and today we were up in three of the matches, so it could be quite feasible for the whole match to be dead even now", Price said.
The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the series, their only loss coming in 1998 at Royal Melbourne.
"We are thinking that he is going to come out, but he has not yet confirmed", Monahan said. The U.S. will lead with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, who'll try to make up for grabbing only a half-point on Friday afternoon. If I actually played well, we probably would have had a good shot at winning.
Mickelson has never been No 1 in the world.