Golf Presidents Cup 2015: USA Lead 4-1 On Day One

Golf Presidents Cup 2015: USA Lead 4-1 On Day One

The Presidents Cup wasn’t an hour old when Nick Price took a gander at the scoreboard and had that sinking feeling.

What’s more, there wasn’t much Price or the International team could do about it Thursday in an opening session that finished just like such a variety of others in this one-sided undertaking.

Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson topped off a performance which was businesslike as their handshakes, that the Americans had a lead 4-1 after foursomes in which they never trailed in any match aside from the one they lost.

“An intense day for us,” Price said. “Having said that, we are just five points into 30. Despite everything we have another 25 points forgotten there. So we have far to go, and that is that I told my team. Just to keep their buttons up and do as well as can be expected tomorrow.”

The International team was resolved that the quantity of matches be reduced – it was lowered from 34 to 30 – to keep it a nearby challenge. Following one day, possibly having one less match on Thursday made a difference.

It could have been more awful.

The Americans, who have lost the Presidents Cup one and only time since it started in 1994 and are going for their 6th straight triumph, had a lead after the opening session for the fifth straight time. The edge was their biggest since a four-point lead in 2007 at Royal Montreal.

That makes the five matches of fourballs on Friday much more basic.

“He’s going for the murder,” Price said. “On the off chance that we get energy going, it can change things.”

All the energy fit in with the Americans on Thursday.

Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes kept running off four straight birdies from the get-go in their match against Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott that set the tone. They twisted up winning a tight match when Matsuyama and Scott missed key putts and finished it on the sixteenth gap.

“That was my entire objective,” Watson said. “Get out there quick, change the shading so alternate fellows see that and it sparkles them going ahead.”

Watson and Holmes didn’t convey the first point. That originated from Fowler and Walker, who got their first win as a team. They split three matches at the Ryder Cup a year ago, and on Thursday they had the most brief match at the Jack Nicklaus Korea Golf Club, 5 and 4, against Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and India’s Anirban Lahiri.

The lone International triumph originated from Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, who exploited some messy play by Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed in a 3-and-2 triumph. Kuchar hit a tee shot into the water on No. 11, and he hit a wedge so far on No. 14 that it didn’t even achieve the rivulet.

October 9th, 2015 by