Presidents Cup 2017: How did Fowler, Thomas top International Team's unstoppable duo?

Sheri Evans
October 1, 2017

To put the USA rout in context, the Americans need just 7 ½ points to win the cup with eight points available on Saturday at Liberty National.

Steve Stricker's side claimed four-and-a-half points out of five on day two in New Jersey to leave Nick Price's global team staring down the barrel of a 10th defeat from 12 contests since the competition was first held in 1994. "I'm pumped that we took that team down".

Spieth and even Oosthuizen argued the common sense nature of the situation: Oosthuizen's ball was not going in the hole, and Day's birdie already had been conceded.

Jason Day and Marc Leishman, International, halved with Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson, United States. The only question was whether to use it at the Presidents Cup, and as the veteran of 23 team events, Mickelson concluded it would need to be a big moment.

As the worldwide stars remained largely irrelevant, the US enjoyed a boost on what is normally moving day at the biennial match.

In other fourball matches, Thomas and Daniel Berger will take on Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Vegas and Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell take on South Korean Kim Si-Woo and India's Anirban Lahiri.

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Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar pushed the reeling Internationals into a deeper hole with a 4&3 decision over Canada's Adam Hadwin and Australian Adam Scott. The loopers then said "we know they got something planned".

They were still two up through 10 holes before Kisner made a crucial birdie at the 11th, Mickelson added another at the 15th and then his game-changer at 18, complete with Three Amigos-style celebration with Kisner.

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Price was not about to give up, hopeful of gaining some momentum in the morning and riding it into the afternoon ahead of the 12 singles matches on the final day.

In the final match of Saturday morning foursomes at the Presidents Cup, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas halved their match against Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, ending the session with Team USA holding a commanding 11.5 to 2.5 lead.

A day after Matt Kuchar and Daniel Berger embedded with the US fans while benched during the Presidents Cup, Rickie Fowler and Kevin Kisner have joined in on the fun.

The United States have won nine of 11 Presidents Cups, including the last six and if the worldwide team, comprised of players from the rest of the world except Europe, are to end the drought they will have to overturn the biggest USA advantage ever after Day Two of the biennial competition.

The U.S. starters were always expected to deliver for the home side - Jordan, Patrick, Dustin and Rickie, these are the players who have emerged as the new core for future American teams. If that helps keep any of the six Presidents Cup rookies, including Kisner, even a little bit more comfortable, it's all worth it.

A series of errors left the match all square going into the 18th hole, where Mickelson missed a short putt, leaving both teams with half a point.

The amount of depth in the United States team means attempting to close a deficit is such a hard ask for the visitors. The match was tied at the turn before Spieth and Reed birdied the 12th and 13th holes to go 2 up.

However, the award for "Match of the Day" goes to the third of the day, Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson versus the global team of Jason Day and Marc Leishman.

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