Day 2 of the 14th Presidents Cup featured five four-ball (best-ball) matches at Quail Hollow Club.
The USA won the session, 4-1, but it could have gone either way as three games were tied late Friday afternoon. The USA will hold an 8-2 advantage in Saturday’s doubleheader, which will feature four four-a-side (alternate shots) in the morning and four four-a-side in the afternoon.
Here’s how Friday’s action played out in Charlotte, North Carolina:
Match 6: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) def. Adam Scott/Cam Davis (INT), 2nd and 1;
The Australian duo combined for a birdie over the first eight holes to go 3 under. They finally started puttingts around the turn, making four in a row from Nos. 9-12, but only made one hole.
Any chance of a comeback was nullified at the 229-yard, par-3 14th, where Thomas hit his tee shot to 3 feet.
The resulting birdie gave the US a 3-up lead with four to play, and they went to dormie after a wild Spieth at the 15th. With Thomas in the water on par 4, Spieth’s second shot hit the creek rocks left of the green and rolled over the putting surface. He chipped to 12 feet and made the par putt to tie the hole. After missing the 16th hole, Spieth closed out the match with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th.
Game 7: Scotty Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA) drew Sunjae Im/Sebastian Munoz (INT)
Scheffler and Burns were the only U.S. pair to fall on Day 1, losing the last four holes of their four. They lost a lead again on the back nine Friday, but not the race.
After 2 under, the Internationals birdied the 13th hole to cut their deficit in half. He then chipped in at the par-3 14th, forcing Scheffler to make a 10-foot par putt to tie the hole. The Masters champion did just that. On the next hole, Im holed a 33-footer for birdie and Burns followed with a 22-footer to match. At the par-5 16th, it was Scheffler who first holed a 9-footer for birdie and Im responded with a 5-footer to tie.
After halving the 17th hole, Scheffler had a 9-footer to win the match. It died on the brink and both sides earned a fitting draw.
Match 8: Kevin Kisner/Cameron Young (USA) drew Mito Pereira/Christian Bejudenhout (INT)
This was the only match of the day in which an international team led at any point. The split was never more than a one-hole difference and was tied after Young won the 14th hole with a tie.
Deadlocked over the next three holes, both Young and Kisner made birdies to win the match. Kisner left his 30-footer 5 feet short, while Young’s 26-footer slipped harmlessly by.
Full match scoring from the Presidents Cup
Match 9: Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) def. Hideki Matsuyama/Tom Kim (INT), 3 and 2
Poor Hideki. He dragged the Cantlay/Schauffele team to the blocks on Day 1 and lost to Adam Scott, 6 and 5. A new partner and a new format did not have much effect on the final result.
The American tandem combined for four birdies and an eagle over the first eight holes to build a 5-up advantage. Kim went on a late birdie run to prevent the match, but the result was never in doubt. Schauffele finished things off with a birdie at the 16th.
Match 10: Billy Horschel/Max Homa (USA) def. Corey Conners/Taylor Pendrith (INT), 1 up
Making his long-awaited cup debut, Horschel teamed with his new Homa to take a 2-up lead through 10 holes. The Canadians, however, birdied the 11th and 13th holes to tie.
It stayed that way until Homa holed a 13-footer for birdie to win the 17th.
Homa then stuck his approach to 11 feet at the par-4 18th, but Pendrith holed a 14-footer for birdie in front of him. In clutch fashion, Homa also made his putt to win the match.