The US Team leads the International Team 4-1 in the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow . The International Team made a late start in the fourth round to stun the US Team .
On the first day of the Presidents Cup, the US Team surged out to a 4-1 lead over the International Team at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte.Five alternate-shot (foursome) matches were played on the first day of the tournament, with the Americans winning the first three of the day thanks to some familiar pairings.The International Team made a late start in the fourth round to stun world No.1 Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, but Americans Tony Finau and Max Homa held on to keep the day's points.In the first round, good friends Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele beat Australias Adam Scott and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama 6 and 5 in a close contest.In the Ryder and Presidents Cups, Cantlay and Schauffele improved to 5-0-0 as a foursomes team.I think we've done a lot of alternate shot with each other, and I think we all feel really comfortable and optimistic, Cantlay said.It was really good golf on a day like today that saw no bogeys. Thomas rolled in a long birdie putt just off the 15th green after leading by a 1-up shot through 14 holes to give the US Team a cushion.In a close match, Cameron Young and Collin Morikawa defeated Tom Kim and K.H.Lee of South Korea 2 and 1.When the Americans bogeyed the par-4 second, Kim and Lee took two holes in succession at Nos. The Americans responded with a birdie to win No.13 and held on until Young made a 26-foot birdie putt at No.17 to secure the victory.In the third round, each player made his Presidents Cup debut. Si Woo Kim of South Korea and Cam Davis of Australia battled it out to defeat Scheffler and Burns 2 up.Scheffler and Burns led the way to the final four holes, 3 up through seven and 2 up through 14, but Kim and Davis did not fail to turn the tide.Kims 10-foot birdie on the par-5 16th tied the game, and a short birdie at No.17 gave the international duo the lead. 18.Davis said of his opponents, they are certainly some of the best players in the country and the best player in the world.Theyve been great this year, actually.We've been a bit of a skepticism in the background. Finau and Homa led 2 up through six holes, but they did not win another hole until the 18th hole.Taylor Pendrith of Canada and Mito Pereira of Chile tied the game with a birdie at No.13.Homas third shot landed inside 2 feet to set up a par and Pendrith blew his 10-foot par putt past the cup at the 18th hole. On Day 1, international captain Trevor Immelman was appreciative to get on the board.The South African said he was proud of the second-to-last game for sticking in and coming so close to eke out a point for us.Today, Americans played some excellent golf.In the next two days, I think we'll have to find a way to make a few putts. The format for the Friday game will be five best-ball (fourballs).The matchups were announced late Thursday (all times ET): 11:35 a.mXander Schauffele and Cameron Young of the United States vs. Internationals Adam Scott (Australia) and Cam Davis (Australia) 12:50 a.mXander Schauffele and Cameron Young of the United States vs. Internationals Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) and Tom Kim (South Korea) 12:35 p.