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Sport Presidents Cup: Team USA struggles as Internationals win Saturday four-ball

04:55  14 december  2019
04:55  14 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Visit www. PresidentsCup .com/Citi for Rules, details and prizes. Odds of winning are dependent upon the LACOSTE, the official apparel providers of the Presidents Cup , have unveiled the 2019 As a new Captaincy era begins with Ernie Els, the International Team rallies around a new shield.

Internationals dominate four - ball at Presidents Cup , lead after first day. A 21-year-old Presidents Cup rookie, Sungjae Im heard the first roar of the day playing in the second group after holing-out for Bryson DeChambeau struggled and Tony Finau didn’t have enough to keep up with Adam Scott and

MELBOURNE, Australia – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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In 1998.

Back then, the Internationals were still celebrating their rout of the Americans in the Presidents Cup earlier that month. The heavily favored Americans were flat after an absence of play following the end of the season and were trounced, 20½-11½, at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Little did anyone know that it would be the only Internationals victory in the first 12 editions of the biennial competition.

But hit the fast-forward button to 2019 and the Internationals, the youngest team in the event’s history and sporting seven rookies, are on the brink of win No. 2.

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The first Mexican to play at the Presidents Cup is making quite an impression on his peers on the International team . The way he's been playing, there's a good chance International captain Ernie Els will send out Ancer again in the afternoon fourballs with a partner to be determined.

ICYMI: International stars struggling at Presidents Cup . Mathematically, the International team could be done Saturday , the first day of a double session -- four matches of foursomes in the morning, followed by four matches of four - ball in the The Americans won 13 holes on the back nine.

With Royal Melbourne providing the setting once again, the huge underdog Internationals have ruled over their rivals through three sessions of the 13th Presidents Cup.

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In Saturday morning’s four-ball session in cool conditions under overcast skies, the Internationals won two of the four matches and tied another to stretch their lead to 9-5 heading into the afternoon Foursomes matches. The Internationals need 6½ points out of the remaining 16 matches to win the Cup.

The U.S. again needed late-round heroics akin to what happened on day two to stay within striking distance. Tony Finau, playing with Matt Kuchar, made birdies on the final two holes to pull out a desperate half-point for the Americans.

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At the Presidents Cup opening four - ball session on Thursday in Melbourne, Australia, the International Team won four of the five matches Josh Sens, senior writer (@JoshSens): The odds I’m looking at now have the Internationals as slight favorites to win it all, which seems right to me.

Tiger Woods won again, but his United States team had to battle back from a "bleak" position to stay within three points The Internationals led 4 -1 after Thursday's first fourball session and were ahead in all five foursomes matches READ: Woods wins but US struggles on day one in Presidents Cup .

But the Internationals have won two of the first three sessions and split the other. They’ve been in control from the get-go, so much so that American duos have never gotten a lead in a match in six of the first 14 played.

Rookies Sungjae Im and Abraham Ancer put the first point on the board for the Internationals on Saturday with an authoritative 3-and-2 victory against Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele. The Internationals never trailed and combined for six birdies.

“Obviously on paper they are a lot stronger than us, but if we stick to our plan and just play golf at an elite level, we can definitely beat anybody,” Ancer said. “We just have to stay focused and keep doing what we’re doing.

“I don’t think they underestimated us. I think they were just clicking right now as a team, and we feel like a team and it’s been a lot of fun.”

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Day 3 Four - Ball @ PresidentsCup :@marcleish /@haotong_li 🆚 @JustinThomas34 The two sides will play two sessions on Saturday , with four fourballs matches in the morning before switching to Tiger Woods provided the rare bright spots for the United States as the International Team enjoyed

How the International team can win the Presidents Cup . But as great as the start was for Woods, the rest of his U.S. team was struggling as he finished off his match against the Woods had been 0-4 in his previous four - ball matches in two Presidents Cups at Royal Melbourne and 7-9 overall.

Point No. 2 on the day came from Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan, who turned in a commanding performance to defeat Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, 5 and 3.

Reed and Simpson made just one birdie between them – by Simpson – and lost for the third consecutive match. They lost 1 up the first day and 3 and 2 on day two.

Reed, who is 8-1-3 with Jordan Spieth as a partner in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup, fell to 0-7-0 when paired with anyone else.

The U.S.’s only full point came in the leadoff match as Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler toppled Marc Leishman and Haotong Li. Thomas and Fowler never trailed and combined for six birdies.

Thomas is now 3-0, having teamed with Tiger Woods for victories on each of the first two days of the match. But Thomas will stay paired with Fowler for the afternoon foursomes session as Woods, the captain, decided to bench Woods the player despite his 2-0-0 record this week. Woods said he isn’t hurt and his decision is according to plan.


“We need to get it back as a team,” Thomas said. “I’d much rather be 0-3 and us be winning by five or six points. You know, everyone that goes out there, we just have to go out there and try to do our job, and whoever I’m with or whoever Rick is with, we’ll go out there and see what we can do.”

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