2017 Presidents Cup live blog: U.S. leads 3.5-1.5 after Day 1

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2017 Presidents Cup live blog: U.S. leads 3.5-1.5 after Day 1

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2017 Presidents Cup live blog: U.S. leads 3.5-1.5 after Day 1

The Presidents Cup is finally here! The biennial event between the U.S. and International squads began Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., with an afternoon foursomes session.

We tracked all the action below. Catch up with what you may’ve missed…

How to follow the action:

All times Eastern

  • TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday, 1-6 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.); NBC (Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-6 p.m.)
  • PGA TOUR RADIO: Thursday-Friday, 12-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
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Match Scores

  • Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Charl Schwartzel (I): U.S. wins, 6 and 4 (Story)
  • Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Jhonattan Vegas (I): U.S. wins, 1 up (Story)
  • Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Si Woo Kim/Emiliano Grillo (I): U.S. wins, 5 and 4 (Story)
  • Brooks Koepka/Daniel Berger (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace (I): Internationals win, 3 and 1 (Story)
  • Kevin Kisner/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Marc Leishman (I): Halved (Story)

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Presidents Cup Tracker

UPDATE No. 33 (6:30 p.m.): Here’s the day’s recap, with detailed looks at each match.

UPDATE No. 32 (6:03 p.m.): Oof.

Day and Leishman bogey 18 and Mickelson has an 8-footer for par to win the hole and the match but can’t get it to drop. That means that match is halved and the U.S. leads, 3.5-1.5, after Day 1 at the Presidents Cup.

UPDATE No. 31 (5:52 p.m.): Kisner with a great lag putt at 17, and after Day misses 9-footer for par, Mickelson rolls in 4-foot remainder for par to win hole and square this final match heading to 18!

If U.S. can somehow win this match, the Americans take the session 4-1.

UPDATE No. 30 (5:31 p.m.): The first losing U.S. pair is Berger/Koepka. That’s despite winning the first hole with a birdie.

By the fifth, Grace/Oosthuizen had taken the lead with wins at Nos. 3 and 5. The match was squared at No. 6, but Koepka hit his tee shot in the water at No. 9 and Berger hit the approach in the water, too, after dropping. That meant a concession and a 1-up lead for Grace/Oosthuizen.

A concession at the 10th the other way squared the match up. But the Internationals won 13 and 15 to move 2 up and then got the ending concession at 17. Despite this loss, the U.S. is guaranteed to win the session. This will mark 27 straight sessions at the Presidents Cup where the Americans have the lead in the competition.

UPDATE No. 29 (5:29 p.m.): Grace and Oosthuizen close out Koepka and Berger, 3 and 1, with a conceded win at 17.

That means the Internationals are on the board, down 3-1! If the Internationals can hold on in the one remaining match, that’ll be huge for them.

UPDATE No. 28 (5:21 p.m.): Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar hold on for a 1-up victory in the second match.

That means the U.S. has won the first three matches and lead 3-0.

This was a pretty stellar win considering Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas started birdie-birdie to go 2 up. The American pair immediately fought back, winning Nos. 3 and 4 to square the match. The Internationals won the fifth, the Americans captured the seventh (with Johnson holing out a bunker shot) and the Internationals took back a 1-up lead by winning the ninth. Oh, and the Americans captured the 10th to square it back up.

That’s just two halved holes in the first 10.

The match stabilized thereafter, the difference proving the Americans winning the 16th with a birdie to move 1 up. Scott holed a 6-footer at the 17th for par to essentially extend the match.

But the Internationals hit a poor tee shot at the par-3 18th, and Johnson had two putts from 18 feet to win. He lagged perfectly for the match to be conceded.

With Thursday’s wins, it’s worth noting that the American duo went bogey-free in this match. Pretty impressive.

UPDATE No. 27 (5:19 p.m.): Berger buries 4-footer for par to halve 16 and continue match. But Oosthuizen and Grace are dormie-2 in that penultimate match.

UPDATE No. 26 (5:15 p.m.): Leishman and Day win 14 and that means the Internationals lead two of the three remaining matches. If they hold on in both, they likely get out of Day 1 only down 3-2.

UPDATE No. 25 (5:07 p.m.): Big win on 16 for Kuchar and DJ to move 1 up in their match. But Internationals might take upper hand in final match, as Leishman hits this beauty into 14 and Kisner knocks his and Mickelson’s into bunker.

UPDATE No. 24 (4:45 p.m.): Spieth and Reed had this one really from the fourth hole on.

The duo never trailed. Spieth and Reed won the second to move 1 up before losing the third. But then they went on a tear – winning four straight holes from Nos. 4-7 to move 4 up. Kim and Grillo won the eighth to move back 3 down and captured the 10th to move within two. And Spieth and Reed faced a 35-footer for par at the 11th.

That’s when Spieth shut the door. He buried the downhill snake and Grillo couldn’t match from 20 feet, and the U.S. had won the hole to move back 3 up. Spieth and Reed then won No. 12 with a birdie to move 4 up and Spieth made a 10-footer for par at 13 to remain 4 up.

The pair won the 14th to close out the match, 5 and 4. Sounds like Spieth and Reed, huh? The amazing young U.S. duo is now 6-1-2 as a pair in the Ryder and Presidents cups.

UPDATE No. 23 (4:43 p.m.): Spieth and Reed close out, 5 and 4.

That puts the U.S. up 2-0. But the Internationals lead one remaining match and the other two are all square. So it’s still possible (if unlikely) for the U.S. to lose this session. Keep a close eye…

UPDATE No. 22 (4:31 p.m.): Spieth makes a 10-footer to halve the 13th. That’s big. Tough seeing him and Reed giving up a 4-up lead.

Mickelson and Kisner lose their third hole in their last four to fall 1 down in the anchor match. But Jason Day hit his tee shot in the water at No. 12, so this match may be all square soon.

UPDATE No. 21 (4:13 p.m.): The U.S. is on the board first! Fowler and Thomas win the 14th to close out Matsuyama and Schwartzel, 6 and 4.

Could the Americans have another young power duo? Maybe. As it stands now, U.S. has won or leads in two matches while the other three are all square.

UPDATE No. 20 (4:08 p.m.): Jordan Spieth buries a 35-footer down the hill for par at No. 11 and that ends up winning him and Reed the hole. Wow, Jordan. They are now 3 up!

UPDATE No. 19 (3:58 p.m.): Marc Leishman with a wild chip-in for eagle at No. 9, and that gives the Internationals this hole! They go from potentially 3 down to 1 down at the turn in this final match.

UPDATE No. 18 (3:52 p.m.): Thomas rolls in a 10-footer for birdie to win the 12th, and he and Fowler are closing in on a dominant victory in the opening match. If they can win 13, they win the match.

UPDATE No. 17 (3:48 p.m.): The wind has been present all day, but it’s really picked up in last 30 minutes or so. Definitely wreaking a bit of havoc out here.

UPDATE No. 16 (3:40 p.m.): Pretty cool to see Tiger and Obama together like this.

UPDATE No. 15 (3:10 p.m.): Spieth and Reed win the seventh to move 4 up and Fowler and Thomas are now 4 up at the turn after winning the ninth.

UPDATE No. 14 (2:58 p.m.): Dustin Johnson is here to play. This hole out from the bunker for birdie at No. 7 wins the hole and squares this match.

UPDATE No. 13 (2:35 p.m.): Philip. Alfred. Mickelson.

What a shot from 219 into the wind to TWO FEET. That birdie on this really difficult par 4 moved the team to 2 up.

UPDATE No. 12 (2:19 p.m.): Fowler and Thomas win the fifth, their third in a row, to move 2 up!

UPDATE No. 11 (2:07 p.m.): Mickelson and Kisner win the first in the anchor match after Kiz drops in a long birdie putt, and the U.S. now leads in four of five matches.

UPDATE No. 10 (2:01 p.m.): The U.S. has now taken early control. Fowler rolls in 12-footer for birdie at No. 4 and they win that hole. The U.S. now leads 1 up there after taking back-to-back holes. The Americans lead in three matches, the International in one. The U.S. looks likely to lead the final match after first hole soon, too.

The Americans have quickly gained control.

UPDATE No. 9 (1:55 p.m.): Fowler’s grandparents are also killing it today so far…

UPDATE No. 8 (1:48 p.m.): Rickie Fowler with this incredible chip in for birdie at No. 3 wins the hole to square the opening match!

UPDATE No. 7 (1:39 p.m.): Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are now up against Si Woo Kim and Emiliano Grillo. Kim had a good birdie look to win the opening hole but missed. This one is All Square through 1.

UPDATE No. 6 (1:33 p.m.): Schwartzel and Matsuyama are conceded an eagle at No. 2 as Thomas and Fowler make a mess of it. They are now 1 up. The first two matches, the Internationals lead.

UPDATE No. 5 (1:29 p.m.): We now have the first flag on the board! In Match No. 2, Jhonattan Vegas rolls in a birdie putt to win him and Adam Scott No. 1 against Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson. Just like that, 1 up!

UPDATE No. 4 (1:20 p.m.): Matsuyama recovers nicely and Internationals make par. Thomas can’t take advantage of Fowler’s drive and they par as well. The opening match halves the opening hole.

UPDATE No. 3 (1:08 p.m.): Charl Schwartzel went wayyy right off the first tee. Fowler follows by blasting a driver down the fairway. Good start for the U.S.

UPDATE No. 2 (1:04 p.m.): A pretty cool opening ceremony. Now we’re onto the first match … Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Charl Schwartzel.

UPDATE No. 1 (12:28 p.m.): We’re getting ready … first match goes off in about 30 minutes. GET. PUMPED.

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