2017 Presidents Cup live blog: U.S. now leads 14.5-3.5, will enter final day with incredible lead

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2017 Presidents Cup live blog: U.S. now leads 14.5-3.5, will enter final day with incredible lead

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2017 Presidents Cup live blog: U.S. now leads 14.5-3.5, will enter final day with incredible lead

The Presidents Cup nearly was decided Saturday. The biennial event between the U.S. and International squads will likely have little drama Sunday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., as the U.S. leads 14.5-3.5. The Americans are one point from clinching the Cup, and they nearly finished things off Saturday!

But they just need one of 12 singles points to do so Sunday. It was a vibrant Saturday at Liberty National, catch up with what you may’ve missed below…

How to follow the action:

All times Eastern

  • TELEVISION: NBC (Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-6 p.m.)
  • PGA TOUR RADIO: Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
  • ON GOLFWEEK: Tour Tracker | All coverage

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Match Scores

Afternoon four-ball

  • Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Louis Oosthuizen (I): U.S. wins, 2 and 1
  • Justin Thomas/Daniel Berger (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Jhonattan Vegas (I): U.S. wins, 3 and 2
  • Charley Hoffman/Kevin Chappell (U.S.) vs. Si Woo Kim/Anirban Lahiri (I): Internationals win, 1 up
  • Dustin Johnson/Brooks Koepka (U.S.) vs. Branden Grace/Marc Leishman (I): U.S. wins, 3 and 2

Morning foursomes

  • Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Marc Leishman (I): U.S. wins, 4 and 3
  • Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Adam Hadwin (I): U.S. wins, 4 and 3
  • Phil Mickelson/Kevin Kisner (U.S.) vs. Jhonattan Vegas/Emiliano Grillo (I): U.S., wins, 2 and 1
  • Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas (U.S.) vs. Branden Grace/Louis Oosthuizen (I): Halved

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Presidents Cup Tracker

UPDATE No. 38 (6:22 p.m.): Here’s the recap of a day that saw even more U.S. dominance.

UPDATE No. 37 (6:11 p.m.): Well, Lahiri and Kim hold on for a 1-up victory after Lahiri’s short par putt at 18 is conceded. The Internationals, down 14.5-3.5, survive to another day. But they’ll need to win all 12 singles matches to take the Cup. Or 11.5 of 12 points that session will produce a tie.

UPDATE No. 36 (5:56 p.m.): Hoffman holes a 65-foot chip shot, but Lahiri buries a 19-footer for birdie to halve the hole and keep the Internationals 1 up.

That guarantees at least a halve, so the U.S. won’t win the Cup today.

UPDATE No. 35 (5:52 p.m.): Koepka and Johnson close out a 3-and-2 win and that puts the U.S. up 14.5-2.5. The U.S. can close this out if Chappell and Hoffman can pull off a victory.

UPDATE No. 34 (5:44 p.m.): Lahiri birdies 16 to make it back-to-back wins for he and Kim. That moves them 1 up in this match. As long as they don’t lose the final two holes, they’ll get the half-point needed to stop the U.S. from clinching today.

UPDATE No. 33 (5:40 p.m.): Koepka buries a 6-footer for birdie at 15 to win the hole and move him and DJ 3 up.

They have guaranteed a half point in this match, but a win would make it 14.5-2.5, U.S.

UPDATE No. 32 (5:30 p.m.): Si Woo Kim buries a 7-footer for birdie at No. 15 and that wins the Internationals that hole and squares the penultimate match.

The Internationals may need the halve (or better) here to stave off defeat today.

UPDATE No. 31 (5:07 p.m.): Berger and Thomas conceded the 16th and win this match, 3 and 2. Thomas goes 3-0-1 this week. Berger winning this match means every American player has won a match this week.

It’s now 13.5-2.5, U.S. This is crazy.

UPDATE No. 30 (5:05 p.m.): Spieth and Reed birdie 17 to win the hole and their match, 2 and 1.

They go 3-0-1 for the week and are 8-1-3 as a team overall.

UPDATE No. 29 (4:55 p.m.): Hoffman pars 13 to win that hole, and every match is a U.S. lead. We will keep reminding, if the U.S. does sweep, they reach 15.5 points and win the Cup.

The Americans are now projected to win the Cup before Sunday singles starts.

UPDATE No. 28 (4:47 p.m.): Patrick Reed coaxes in 5-footer for birdie at 16 to win the hole and move the Americans 1 up in an opening match where they are 8 under.

He and Spieth closing in on being 3-0-1 so far this week.

Now just one match not in Americans’ favor, and that one is All Square.

UPDATE No. 27 (4:37 p.m.): The U.S. leads in two matches, is all square in two others.

If the Americans hold onto their two leads and win the other two for an afternoon sweep, they end Saturday with 15.5 points and win the Presidents Cup.

Yes, with one day left, the U.S. could already have won.

Here’s Thomas making a bomb to win 14, by the way.

UPDATE No. 26 (4:05 p.m.): Berger birdies Nos. 9, 10 and 11 and Thomas birdies 12. The Americans won 9-11 to move from 2 down to 1 up. They halve the 12th to stay there.

UPDATE No. 25 (4:03 p.m.): A full explainer on the Spieth situation.

UPDATE No. 24 (3:35 p.m.): A strange situation at No. 12, it ends in the Internationals taking the lead. More on this soon…

UPDATE No. 23 (3:28 p.m.): Daniel Berger squares the final match with this BOMB.

UPDATE No. 22 (3:19 p.m.): When you know, you know.

Si Woo Kim puts the Internationals 2 up in the penultimate afternoon match.

UPDATE No. 21 (3:04 p.m.): Once again, the U.S. players on the bench at the Presidents Cup are still having fun.

UPDATE No. 20 (2:49 p.m.): This would end up halving the hole, but ANOTHER birdie from this pair.

UPDATE No. 19 (2:28 p.m.): Spieth birdies the eighth that comes after Reed birdied the seventh and Spieth birdied the fifth.

They’ve gone from all square to 2 up in that span.

UPDATE No. 18 (1:38 p.m.): The Internationals now lead in three of four matches, but they also were up three in four matches later in the front nine in the morning foursomes.

So this is what they need to do, but they must keep it up after this. They ended up losing that morning session, 3.5-0.5.

UPDATE No. 17 (12:51 p.m.): What a shot, Daniel Berger.

He nearly puts his tee ball in the water, and then almost holes out for eagle. He still only halves the hole, too! Regardless, we could watch this all day…

UPDATE No. 16 (12:32 p.m.): Jason Day hooks his drive LEFT of the left water hazard on No. 1. But Louis Oosthuizen makes birdie to win the hole anyway.

UPDATE No. 15 (11:31 a.m.): Justin Thomas rolls in a 6-footer for par after Grace knocks in a 7-footer for par to halve that final match. The Internationals avoid the morning sweep.

But with the U.S. now up 11.5-2.5, an afternoon sweep means they clinch the Presidents Cup a day early.

UPDATE No. 14 (11:16 a.m.): Kisner buries a 7-footer for birdie at 17 to win the hole and the match!

He and Mickelson are now 2-0-1 at the Presidents Cup! It’s now 11-2, U.S. Wow.

UPDATE No. 13 (10:49 a.m.): Kuuuuuuch buries a 16-footer for birdie to win the 15th and that’s another 4-and-3 victory for the U.S.

It is now a 10-2 lead for the home team. This is getting obscene.

UPDATE No. 12 (10:42 a.m.): What an ending it could’ve been to the Spieth/Reed match…

UPDATE No. 11 (10:30 a.m.): Spieth nearly holes his wedge shot for eagle at 15 – the ball nearly landed in the cup, rolled some 6 feet by and then nearly spun back in the cup – but Reed cleans up the remaining 7-footer to win the hole with a birdie and capture the opening match, 4 and 3.

This duo is now 7-1-3 in these competitions and the U.S. now leads this competition 9-2.

UPDATE No. 10 (9:55 a.m.): JT and Rickie win Nos. 7-9 to move from 2 down to 1 up in the final match. Spieth and Reed birdie No. 12 to win that hole and move ahead in their match.

Jason Day hit his tee shot so far right on No. 12, it actually missed the hazard and landed behind a scoreboard in a TIO structure. But even with a free drop, the Aussies lost the hole.

The U.S. now leads in three of four matches, trail in none.

UPDATE No. 9 (9:22 a.m.): Matt Kuchar on Friday … A Presidents Cup fan.

Matt Kuchar on Saturday … 4 up in his match.

Kuch and DJ are rolling in the second match at the turn. This is the only match that isn’t all square in morning foursomes.

UPDATE No. 8 (9:01 a.m.): Interesting … the Internationals now lead three of four matches after Grillo lags for par at No. 7 to win the seventh in the third match.

The U.S. does lead 3 up in the second match out, though.

UPDATE No. 7 (8:34 a.m.): Jason Day with a brilliant chip-in from well right of the green at No. 7 gives the Internationals an unlikely birdie. It ends up winning them the hole, and they’re now 1 up in that opening match.

UPDATE No. 6 (8:13 a.m.): There’s the International fight!

The U.S. now leads in ZERO matches, and the Internationals are ahead in the final one. They’ll need a lot more than that, but this is certainly better for them than trailing in the first three matches like they were 20 minutes ago.

UPDATE No. 5 (7:55 a.m.): The U.S. leads in the first three matches. They are all 1-up leads, but this could get out of hand quickly…

UPDATE No. 4 (7:37 a.m.): Three-for-three for the Americans in opening hole wins.

Kevin Kisner buries a 16-footer for birdie to win the opening hole for he and Mickelson against Jhonattan Vegas and Emiliano Grillo.

Remember, the Americans can technically clinch the Cup today if they win 7.5 of the 8 available points Saturday. We’re still a long ways off from that, but it’s something to keep in mind.

UPDATE No. 3 (7:31 a.m.): Two straight matches the Internationals have found the water in some way at No. 1. This time it’s their second shot, as Adam Scott hits one long left in the water. Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar make a simple par and win the opening hole.

The Americans win the first in each of the first two matches.

UPDATE No. 2 (7:17 a.m.): Marc Leishman hits his opening tee shot in the water and the Aussies make a mess of this opening hole. They conceded after knocking it to 11 feet for bogey after Spieth stuffed the Americans’ second inside 4 feet for a short birdie look.

The opening U.S. duo is already 1 up through one.

UPDATE No. 1 (7 a.m.): The first match on this long day is about ready, and it should be a good one!

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