Day two of the 14th Presidents Cup saw five four-way matches (best ball) at Quail Hollow.
The US won the tournament 4-1, but it could have gone either way as three games were tied late on Friday afternoon. The US will have an 8-2 advantage in Saturday’s double session, which will feature four quads (alternate shots) in the morning and four balls in the afternoon.
Here’s how to play Friday’s event in Charlotte, North Carolina:
Match 6: Jordan Spieth / Justin Thomas (US) defeated. Adam Scott/Cam Davis (INT), 2 and 1
The Australian duo combined 1 bird over the first 8 holes and fell 3 down. They finally started throwing punches around the turn, making them four in a row from the numbers 9-12, but they only picked up one hole.
Any chance of a comeback was eliminated at 229 yards, 3-bar, 14, as Thomas hit his own tee to 3-feet.
The resulting jumper gave the U.S. a three-time lead with four to play, and they went to Dormy after Spieth’s wild tie on the 15th. With Thomas in the water at par 4, Speth’s second shot hit the creek rocks to the left of the green and veered over the firing surface. He flaked down to 12 feet and made the knockout to peg hole. After losing the 16th hole, Spieth won the match with a 20-foot birdie on 4 17.
Match 7: Scotty Scheffler / Sam Burns (US) tied with Songjay M / Sebastian Munoz (international)
Schaeffler and Burns were the only American couples to fall on day one, missing the last four holes of their quad. They again lost a lead on Friday afternoon, but not the match.
After second place, the Internationals won hole number 13 to cut their deficit in half. Next, Im sliced into Part 3 of Level 14, forcing Scheffler to make a 10-foot side casing to line the hatch. This is exactly what the Masters champion did. In the next hole Im broke 33 feet for a birdie and Burns followed 22 feet to match. In the 5th and 16th par 5, Schaeffler was the first to make a 9 footer for birds and im responding with a 5 footer to link it to.
After cutting the 17th hole in half, Scheffler had a 9 tail to win the match. He died on the lips and both sides got a proper tie.
Match 8: Kevin Kesner / Cameron Young (USA) tied with Mito Pereira / Christian Beziudenhout (international)
This was the only match of the day he ever captained an international team. The breakup was never more than a one-hole teams and a tie was made after Young won the 14th hole equally.
Deadlocked over the next three holes, Young and Kessner both had birdie hits to win the match. Kisner left 30 feet short and 5 feet short, while 26 feet Young slipped without damage.
Match 9: Patrick Cantlay / Xander Shaveli (USA) are defeated. Hideki Matsuyama / Tom Kim (international), 3 and 2
Poor Hickey. He drew the Cantlay/Schauffele team in the first day quad and lost with Adam Scott, 6th and 5th. The new partner and new form didn’t have much of an impact on the bottom line.
The American tandem of four birds and an eagle combined over the first eight holes to build a 5-up feature. Kim went on a late flying race to prevent the match from exploding, but the outcome was not in doubt. Schauffele finished things with a bird on the 16th day.
Match 10: beat Billy Horschel / Max Homma (USA). Corey Conners / Taylor Pendrith (INT), 1 up
In his much-anticipated debut in the Cup, Horschel teamed up with fellow rookie Homa to snatch a 2-hole lead through 10 holes. However, the Canadians won the 11th and 13th holes with a tie.
It stayed that way until Homma dug 13 feet for the bird to win the 17th place.
Homma then commented on his approach from 11 feet in Bar-4 18, but Pendrith fell to 14 feet for a bird in front of him. In clutch fashion, Homma also made his shot to win the match.