Presidents Cup 2022 – Best moments, sights and sounds from Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, NC — It was more or less the same for Team USA in the 14th round of the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club, as the Americans opened up an impressive 4-1 lead.

It would have been a shutout if world number 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler and number 12 Sam Burns hadn’t let a 3 lead evaporate by losing the last four holes to number 75 Si Woo Kim and number 66 Cam Davis. .

Still, Team USA looks set to win a ninth consecutive Presidents Cup and a 12th in 14 events. The team that led after the first day of play has won 10 of the last 13 editions, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

“We have strong pairs for the next format,” USA team captain Davis Love III said. “We will execute the same attack and try to win every session.”

The action will switch to five four-ball (best-ball) matches on Friday, which is the format in which the internationals did their damage in the last Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia in 2019. The international team went 6½ and 2½ in four-ball matches three years ago. Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas were the only American team to win in the first round; Thomas and Rickie Fowler were the only Americans to win in the third round (Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar tied).

That’s why the US team’s 16-14 victory over the internationals was much closer than expected. The internationals will need a similar success on Friday.

“We hung on,” said international team captain Trevor Immelman. “We got off to a really tough start and were behind the eight-ball early. The Americans played brilliant golf today. We’re going to hang in there and keep fighting. That’s what we’re doing.” –Marc Schlabach

Here are some of the best actions from Friday:

Luck is on the side of the Americans

As if the Americans needed anything else, they got all the good rebounds on Friday as well. Spieth’s second shot on the par-4 15th should have been in the creek, but it took a lucky bounce off a rock and ended up bouncing onto the green. He went up and down for par and halved the hole.

The local team in the house

Drama on Twitter

One of the reasons the international team is currently battered is that many of the top players they expected to have on their roster were deemed ineligible after playing LIV Golf events. This includes Open Championship winner Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen. LIV Golf CEO and President Greg Norman wished the international team well on Twitter. Team captain Trevor Immelman didn’t seem amused and replied “LOL”.

A nice place

Americans love the par-5 seventh hole at Quail Hollow. Three of the five American teams hit eagles on the hole, with Burns, Young and Patrick Cantlay all making eagle putts. Burns sank an 80-footer, the longest putt of his PGA Tour career. Two players from the international team, South Korea’s Im and Japan’s Matsuyama, birdied the 527-yard hole but still lost to the Eagles.

JT always dabs

Dabbing may have gone out of fashion a few years ago, but Justin Thomas still does it. He vomited a quick shot after sinking a birdie putt on the par-3 fourth hole. Thomas, a football fan from Alabama, surely wasn’t honoring former Auburn and Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton, who was the NFL’s dab king.

Presidents at the Presidents Cup

Rowdy on the first tee

Best of Round 1

A little bit of luck

A thumbs up either way and that shot from Max Homa would have gone straight into the water. Instead, he hit the best-placed rock possible. Homa and Tony Finau managed to make the most of it.

We’ve all been there

Not exactly what Justin Thomas intended with this shot out of the bunker. It could have been worse!

faces in the crowd

They don’t call it the Presidents Cup for nothing. According to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, former US Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton plan to attend the four-day tournament at Quail Hollow Club this weekend. Cooper told reporters that President Joe Biden could also come on Sunday. “I think it will only add to the aura of the event,” Cooper said. Cooper watched the players swing from No. 1 in a sequel with former North Carolina and Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams.

No bounce allowed

Weather a factor?

The wind howls at Quail Hollow Club, as a storm system begins to blow over Charlotte. Xander Schauffele had to take his hat off before hitting his second shot from the No. 13 fairway. Temperatures were in the mid-90s for much of the week. The passing cold front is expected to drop temperatures by almost 20 degrees; forecasts call for highs of 75 degrees on Friday.

The Justin and Jordan Show

Couple Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth practice at the start of their match against Sungjae Im and Corey Conners. On the first hole, Spieth hit his tee shot into the left rough. Thomas made a 7½ footer to save par. On the next hole, he hit his tee shot into pine straw, leaving Spieth with a tricky recovery from a bad lie. Spieth knocked him down 10 feet. Then, on the par-3 fourth, Thomas somehow clipped his tee shot, leaving the ball about 44 yards from the hole. Spieth, one of the best jammers in the game, dropped the second shot about 4 feet. As Spieth walked to the green, Thomas patted his back. Team USA finished 2 in five holes after a birdie on No. 5.

Young crushing it

It didn’t take long for Team USA rookie Cameron Young to make an impact. Playing with Collin Morikawa in Game 3, Young, one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, crushed a 306-yard drive down the middle of the No. 1 fairway. After Morikawa hit the second shot from 25 feet, Young nearly came out of the fringe. They made par and halved the hole.

Arrivals and more

Jack Nicklaus has captained the United States Presidents Cup team four times and Gary Player has captained three teams. Nicklaus was the captain in 1998, which is the only time the Americans have lost this event.

What is your AIM name?

For years, AOL Instant Messenger was the way to communicate with friends online. Almost everyone who has used it probably remembers what they used as a screen name. American golfer and number 20 Max Homa chose … “nexttigerwoods59”.

It’s the perfect encapsulation of what those screen names sounded like – goofy, a little lofty, ultimately charming. Scheffler, on the other hand, didn’t have an AIM name at all – and he had a great explanation for why.


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