2017 Presidents Cup Live Blog: U.S. leads 8-2 after Friday

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2017 Presidents Cup Live Blog: U.S. leads 8-2 after Friday

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2017 Presidents Cup Live Blog: U.S. leads 8-2 after Friday

The Presidents Cup continued Friday. The biennial event between the U.S. and International squads may see a blowout at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., as the U.S. opened up an 8-2 lead after a dominant four-ball session.

It was nonetheless an exciting day. Catch up with what you may’ve missed…

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Match Scores

  • Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Adam Hadwin/Hideki Matsuyama (I): Halved (Story)
  • Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace (I): U.S. wins, 3 and 2 (Story)
  • Phil Mickelson/Kevin Kisner (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Marc Leishman (I): U.S. wins, 1 up (Story)
  • Kevin Chappell/Charley Hoffman (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Anirban Lahiri (I): U.S. wins, 6 and 5 (Story)
  • Dustin Johnson/Brooks Koepka (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Jhonattan Vegas (I): U.S. wins, 3 and 2 (Story)

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Presidents Cup Tracker

UPDATE No. 36 (5:29 p.m.): The recap for the day.

UPDATE No. 35 (5:29 p.m.): The Internationals birdie the first four holes in the final match … AND STILL CAN’T WIN.

Leishman and Day took an early 2-up lead after birdies won them the first and third holes against Mickelson and Kisner. They were still 2 up until Kisner won the 11th with a birdie.

Now 1 down, Kisner nearly jarred a 67-foot putt from off the green at No. 14, but the ball hit the flagstick and scurried inches away. He simply came back the next hole and birdied to square the match.

It was still All Square on 18 when Mickelson buried a 12-footer for birdie. Leishman had an 11-footer to halve the match, but it missed low and to the right.

With that, the final match saw Mickelson and Kisner sneak out a 1-up win.

UPDATE No. 34 (5:28 p.m.): Wow, Mickelson makes a 12-footer for birdie at 18 to win this final match.

The U.S. takes this session, 4.5-.5. The team is up 8-2. What a two days.

UPDATE No. 33 (5:18 p.m.): It’s now 7-2, U.S.

The all-power pairing of Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson came through.

Jhonattan Vegas made an 18-footer for birdie at No. 1 to have him and Adam Scott quickly go 1 up in this match, but little went right from there.

The Americans won No. 2 and fell back to 1 down after losing the fifth. But they never trailed again after squaring the match at the seventh.

A win at the 10th moved them in front and they were 2 up after a birdie at 12. Vegas made a 34-footer for birdie from off the green at 13 to cut the deficit to 1 down, but Johnson’s 20-footer for birdie to win the 15th essentially sealed the match.

Now 2 up, Johnson and Koepka peppered the flagstick at No. 16 and Johnson closed it out by rolling in his 5-footer for birdie to win the hole and match.

Koepka redeems himself after he was part of a 3-and-1 loss on Thursday.

With two days left, the Internationals must already be desperate.

UPDATE No. 32 (5:03 p.m.): Dustin Johnson holes a 20-footer for birdie at 15 to win the hole, and now he and Koepka are 2 up in the final match with three to play.

That would make it 7-2, U.S., if they can close out.

UPDATE No. 31 (4:50 p.m.): That opening match was something.

Reed made a 23-footer for eagle at the second to quickly put he and Spieth 1 up, but Hadwin and Matsuyama won the fourth and then the sixth and eighth with birdies (the latter a 25-footer from Matsuyama) to move 2 up.

The star American duo tried to fight but were still 2 down through 14 … and that’s when they put on the afterburners.

Reed buried a 16-footer for birdie to win the 15th and halve the deficit. Spieth followed by stuffing his tee shot at 16 and draining a 7-footer for birdie to win the hole and square the match.

Spieth actually had an 8-footer to win the 17th and move the team 1 up but surprisingly couldn’t get it to drop. It all came down to the closing par 3, where Spieth had his 19-footer for a 1-up victory right on line before it viciously caught the left lip and spun out.

Still, a big halve that moves the young pair to 6-1-3 as a team.

UPDATE No. 30 (4:47 p.m.): Wow.

Spieth’s birdie putt at 18 to win the match looks good all the way but brutally lips out. Tough, but they go from 2 down with four to play to a halve. Spieth and Reed are now 6-1-3 in these competitions as a pair and the U.S. leads 6-2 in this Presidents Cup.

UPDATE No. 29 (4:40 p.m.): Well, Kisner comes back to birdie 15 by draining a 21-footer. That wins the hole and squares that match!

UPDATE No. 28 (4:37 p.m.): Kisner gets robbed on 14. If this had dropped, match would’ve been all square. He and Mickelson are 1 down with four to play.

UPDATE No. 27 (4:36 p.m.): Spieth surprisingly misses an 8-footer for birdie to win the 17th and move the team dormie-1. That would’ve been huge.

Still, this team was 2 down through 15 and could still win this match. This may be a critical point, as an American win could put the U.S. on the way to a four-ball romp.

UPDATE No. 26 (4:33 p.m.): Vegas makes this incredible birdie to move his team 1 down in the final match.

UPDATE No. 25 (4:27 p.m.): Thomas nearly goes hole-out bunker birdie, birdie, hole-out bunker birdie to close out this match.

JT’s bunker shot on the par-3 16th hits the pin dead but somehow the ball doesn’t drop. No matter, that’s a par, and when Oosthuizen’s short birdie putt can’t fall, Thomas and Fowler closed out a 3-and-2 victory to make it 5.5-1.5, U.S.

Oosthuizen and Grace have been slain. The South African pair was previously 5-0 as a team in the Presidents Cup. This is not only their first loss, but the first time they haven’t gotten a full point.

That makes it all the more impressive that Thomas and Fowler never trailed in this match. They won the third with a Fowler birdie from 16 feet to move 1 up. The pair won the fifth to move 2 up, lost the sixth and then won the eighth.

The pair was still 2 up on the 12th, and that’s when Thomas took over. The PGA champion made an incredible up-and-down, burying a 14-footer for birdie for a crucial halve. Two holes later, he holed a greenside bunker shot for birdie to eventually halve that hole, too, and stay 2 up.

His birdie at 15, after rolling in a 7-footer, put the team dormie when Oosthuzen missed his own 7-footer. Then it all ended at 16.

Thomas and Fowler are now 2-0 this week with 6-and-4 and 3-and-2 wins. They are a long way from matching the Spieth/Reed golden duo, but they are well on their way.

UPDATE No. 24 (4:23 p.m.): Thomas continues his clutch play. He buries 7-footer for birdie, and Oosthuizen misses from closer. That means the Americans are now dormie-3 in this match.

UPDATE No. 23 (4:15 p.m.): Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell are your first winners Friday!

Hoffman seals the penultimate match with a birdie at 13. That’s a 6-and-5 win. Both of these guys competed in their first ever Presidents Cup match today. Wow.

The two rookies simply never let up. The pair won the opening two holes, capturing the second with a conceded eagle after Hoffman stuffed his second shot to 3 feet, and went off from there. Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri were actually lucky to halve the third after Lahiri was disqualified from playing the hole after breaching Rule 7-2 by practicing a bunker shot following the conclusion of the second hole. Schwartzel parred to halve the hole.

But Chappell birdied the fourth to move the team 3 up, and birdies from him on Nos. 8 and 9 moved the team 5 up.

Lahiri and Schwartzel both made birdie at 10 to move 4 down, but it was their sole bright moment. The U.S. pair won the 12th and then the 13th to seal it when Hoffman made his 4-footer.

Quite a start for these rookies.

UPDATE No. 22 (4:11 p.m.): Spieth and Reed are now all square in the opening match.

Spieth stuffs it at 16 and knocks in a 7-footer for birdie to tie it up. The pair has won 15 and 16 to get this match back all square. Would be huge for U.S. if they could swipe away a win from the Internationals here.

UPDATE No. 21 (4:01 p.m.): Patrick Reed wasn’t going to be quiet forever.

He rolls in a 16-footer for birdie at No. 15 to win that hole and move he and Spieth 1 down. That pair is 6-1-2 in Ryder and Presidents cups. They’re looking to stave off a rare defeat.

UPDATE No. 20 (3:53 p.m.): JT!!!!

Justin Thomas holes out a bunker shot for birdie at 14 and then goes nuts. That ends up halving the hole, which is huge, as that keeps him and Fowler 2 up on Grace and Oosthuizen (who are 5-0 as a team).

UPDATE No. 19 (3:46 p.m.): Koepka rolls in an 11-footer for birdie at No. 10 and when Vegas can’t get his 8-footer to drop, the Americans win that hole and move 1 up.

The U.S. now leads in three matches to the Internationals’ two. Still tight here, but the Americans are now projected to win this session.

UPDATE No. 18 (3:21 p.m.): The action is really getting good.

Reed and Spieth won the 11th with birdie. Then Hadwin buried an 11-footer for birdie at 12 and Spieth made a 6-footer to halve that hole. Hadwin and Matsuyama are still 1 up in that opening match.

Justin Thomas makes an unreal up-and-down for birdie short-sided from a downslope at the par-4 12th. He rolls in a 14-footer for birdie while Grace matches from 7 feet. That halve keeps Fowler and Thomas 2 up.

Kisner and Mickelson win the 11th with birdie to move to 1 down against Leishman and Day.

Schwartzel and Lahiri both nearly make hole-in-one at the 10th on the way to birdie and moving to 4 down against Hoffman and Chappell.

Koepka and DJ halve the ninth with Vegas and Scott with a birdie.

UPDATE No. 17 (3:10 p.m.): Chappell and Hoffman are both rookies, but an eagle and three birdies on the front nine has them out in 5 up in the penultimate match.

This could be a big point for the U.S. The Americans are only projected to earn two from this session as it currently stands.

UPDATE No. 16 (2:45 p.m.): The Internationals did lead three of five matches, that is until Koepka and DJ won the seventh to square the anchor match with Vegas and Scott. Now both sides lead two matches, with that final match all square.

This session continues to be TIGHT.

UPDATE No. 15 (2:35 p.m.): Well, Jordan Spieth is creative. We’re glad Spieth is OK after this whiff.

He and Reed are still 2 down in their opening match against Hadwin and Matsuyama, though.

UPDATE No. 14 (2:15 p.m.): Justin Thomas CAN’T HEAR YOU!

Birdie at No. 8 moves him and Fowler 2 up in crucial second match against Oosthuizen and Grace.

UPDATE No. 13 (1:55 p.m.): Well look at this … Matsuyama drains a 25-footer for birdie at the eighth to win the hole and that International team is now 2 up on Spieth and Reed.

This is the lead match and a huge tone-setter if the Internationals can pull off this upset.

UPDATE No. 12 (1:35 p.m.): The Internationals lead two matches, the U.S. lead two and one match is all square.

So this session is tight so far! The leads are mostly big actually, but if we were to end this session now, it would be tied.

UPDATE No. 11 (1:20 p.m.): Anirban Lahiri did not play the third hole in the penultimate match. Why? Check out below for explanation. Schwartzel managed to halve it by himself, but that team is still 2 down.

UPDATE No. 10 (1:10 p.m.): Boom! Koepka and DJ birdie the second to bring the final match back to All Square.

UPDATE No. 9 (12:50 p.m.): Jhonny Vegas! He runs in an 18-footer for birdie to win the hole and give the Internationals the early lead in the anchor match.

UPDATE No. 8 (12:45 p.m.): Hoffman can’t roll in a lengthy birdie putt, but he and Chappell win the opening hole anyway with a par.

UPDATE No. 7 (12:40 p.m.): Matt Kuchar and Daniel Berger may be out this session, but they are still getting in on the action as fans!

UPDATE No. 6 (12:35 p.m.): Fowler and Thomas have taken the lead in their match as Fowler buries a 16-footer for birdie to win the third. Both that young duo and the Spieth/Reed pair are up in their matches. AGAIN.

UPDATE No. 5 (12:11 p.m.): A 23-foot eagle putt from Patrick Reed at No. 2 wins that hole for he and Spieth in the opening four-ball match!

Oh yeah, it’s on!

UPDATE No. 4 (12:06 p.m.): An ugly first hole for the second match, as Thomas goes in the water off the tee and Oosthuizen finds the hazard on the approach.

Grace actually has birdie putt from inside 10 feet to win the hole, but he misses. Hole i halved.

UPDATE No. 3 (11:55 a.m.): Spieth and Reed both hit lackluster approaches, with Spieth almost going in the water left. His ball does hold up, though.

Spieth has 25-footer from fringe next to water, Reed about same distance from green, both miss to settle for par. Hadwin rolls in a 3-footer for par to halve the hole.

UPDATE No. 2 (11:42 a.m.): Spieth and Reed are off vs. Hadwin and Matsuyama. The Americans look good off the tee as does Hadwin. Matsuyama, though, went wayyyy right.

UPDATE No. 1 (11:30 a.m.): The first match in Friday four-ball is coming in five minutes. Spieth and Reed are off first for the U.S. We’re ready to go!

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