United States continue dominance at Presidents Cup

United States continue dominance at Presidents Cup

United States continue dominance at Presidents Cup

The USA have one hand on a seventh successive Presidents Cup triumph after forging a record-breaking lead at the competition's halfway mark.

Having performed well on Thursday to take a 3.5-1.5 advantage after the foursome matches, the home team stepped things up again on Friday, winning four and halving one of the five fourball tussles. The putt rolled well past the hole and - because the Americans already had conceded Day's birdie-3 for that hole - Spieth went over to pick up Oosthuizen's ball.

If the USA team bags a clean sweep of the best-ball format, they will clinch the Presidents Cup before the Sunday singles matches for the first time in the event's 23-year history.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, United States, def. Si Woo Kim and Emiliano Grillo, International, 5 and 4. Reed told Spieth he would do a belly flop in the lake on the hole if Spieth holed out the second shot. The Americans almost won that one, too, except that Spieth narrowly missed birdie putts on the last two holes. Kisner took the par-4 11th with a birdie then nailed a clutch 20-footer on 15 to square the match late.

"We just want to beat each other", Spieth said after being asked why he and Reed play so well together.

"This team is a unique team from any in the past in that the talent level is high or higher than we've ever had, and the camaraderie amongst each other on and off the course is a whole different environment; that there's this great support system", Mickelson said.

United States continue dominance at Presidents Cup

The last chance for a full point came in the final match, between the South African pair of Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace and the undefeated American team of Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.

In three matches so far at Liberty National, Spieth and Reed are 2-0-1, and they're a lipout on No. 18 on Friday away from going 3-0-0. Grace and Oosthuizen closed out Koepka and Berger with a conceded win at 17. "Today was a grind".

The final match up of the day featured Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman against the American team's Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner, in what turned out to be a closely-fought battle right to the final hole.

Their match was all square on the 18th hole Friday. They just could not let the two-point margin widen, especially in a format, Four-ball, where they have held their own and been even slightly better than the Americans in recent years. Barring something insane, expect the afternoon four-ball to send Chappell and Hoffman out first, with the morning pairings somewhere behind. The International Team is made up of players not from Europe. "They came into this event riding a lot of momentum, a lot of confidence, and they really get excited to play these team events and it's showing". That story hasn't changed this year at Liberty National, as the United States crushed the worldwide side on Friday, opening a massive 8-2 lead.

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