Presidents Cup: Friday Four-ball match recaps

The international team needed a big comeback in the second round on Friday and didn’t get it despite their preferred four-ball format. And now Team USA, which has held an 11-1-1 record since the Presidents Cup began in 1994, looks even more comfortably in control.

The home team takes an 8-2 lead in Saturday’s eight-game, two-session matchday after winning Friday’s Four-balls, 4-1.

Time and time again, the Internationals have seen putts slip past the hole, starting with Corey Conners’ 4-foot-3 mishandling putt on the first. Meanwhile, Team USA apparently couldn’t miss, with Sam Burns netting an 80-foot eagle putt on the par-5 seventh, a hole owned by Team USA.

Cameron Young also nailed the seventh, as did Patrick Cantlay. Team USA’s three eagles in three consecutive matches, winning the holeshot each time, told the story of the 14th Presidents Cup.

Team USA led all five games before none had made the rounds, once again putting the international team on their feet. But after USA picked up wins for their two stalwart teams – Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele – the international team made a comeback and were able to equalize the other three games. It was an opportunity to come back in contention, but the American rookies kept the visitors at bay, as evidenced by Max Homa’s back-to-back birdies on the final two holes of the final match to give the United States a 1- up.

Saturday morning’s four Foursomes matches kick off at 7:12 a.m., with the afternoon session of Foursomes starting at 12:05 p.m. The Presidents Cup is only a third of its 30 matches away, but the United States has already exercised at Quail Hollow.

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