After twenty years of drubbings, just a dramatic cave in can deny the Internationals a hoodoo-busting Presidents Cup conquer Tiger Woods’ USA all stars.
Defying their standing as the most important underdogs in cup historical past, the Internationals breathed contemporary existence into the beleaguered biennial contest with a dream opening at Royal Melbourne.
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Ernie Els’ impressed resolution to play all 4 captain’s alternatives forward of 2 computerized qualifiers proved a masterstroke because the Internationals carved out a 4-1 lead after the first-day fourballs.
Partnering Justin Thomas, Woods stored Group USA from a humiliating wipe-out via securing the recent favourites’ most effective level on Thursday.
In an ominous opening, Woods reeled off six birdies in 14 holes in the USA’s commanding 4 and 3 victory over Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann. Nevertheless it used to be all of the Internationals after that because the jet-lagged American citizens slumped to 4 directly defeats.
“We’re clearly all elated with the results of these days. We’ve actually had a large focal point on getting off to that just right get started and it’s came about,” Internationals spearhead and 20-year stalwart Adam Scott stated.
“That used to be the activity finished for these days. Unquestionably we’ll revel in this afternoon, however we have now 4 extra periods to additionally get the activity finished.”
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An similarly crushing 4 and 3 win for Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen over former international No.1 Dustin Johnson and US Open champion Gary Wooded area marked the beginning of the Internationals’ fightback.
With 5 birdies after a shaky bogey get started, a pumped-up Scott and Byeong Hun An downed Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau two and one sooner than Adam Hadwin and Sungae Im completed one up over Xander Shauffele and Patrick Cantlay. Rounding out a memorable day for the hosts, Hideki Matsuyama and CT Pan beat Webb Simpson and public enemy No.1 Patrick Reed one up.
The Internationals have misplaced the previous seven editions and ultimate gained the trophy in 1998.
Day 2 started neatly for Aussie Presidents Cup rookie Cameron Smith who with Sungjae Im went two up after two holes in opposition to US pair Rickie Fowler and Gary Wooded area.
DAY 2 PAIRINGS – Foursomes
Fit 6: Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar (US) v Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott (INT) [Tee time: 11:02AM]
Fit 7: Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay (US) v Adam Hadwin and Joaquin Niemann (INT) [Tee time: 11:15AM]
Fit 8: Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed (US) v Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer (INT) [Tee time: 11:28AM]
Fit 9: Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods (US) v Byeong Hun An and Hideki Matsuyama (INT) [Tee time: 11:41AM]
Fit 10: Gary Wooded area and Ricky Fowler (US) v Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith (INT) [Tee time: 11:54AM]
Now not picked: Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau (US), C.T. Pan and Haotong Li (INT)
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