Charlotte, NC (AFP) – Patrick Cantlay and Xander Shaveli, United States, are defeated. Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, Dolian, 6th and 5th.
The Americans sent one of their strongest teams against the most experienced players on the international team. It wasn’t a contest. Matsuyama missed a 4-foot shot on the third hole and the Americans led the rest of the way. Cantlay secured a birdie’s throw from about 10 feet by 20 feet in the 5th and 6th holes, and Shaveli reached the green in two on 5 par in the seventh to establish another birder to make a 4-up. Scott and Matsuyama had opportunities and rarely switched. They only won one hole with a birdie on the short Par-4 eighth. The international side lost the last three holes by a bogey.
Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, United States, defeated. Sungjae Im and Corey Conners, Dollian, 2 and 1.
Thomas had another memorable day at Quail Hollow. He hit a 9 iron piston so fat that he came 40 yards out of the green at No. 4. He hit a leg from bunker in No. 16. It doesn’t matter. PGA Champion Quail Hollow made the big moment when he put 25 feet into the 15th hole. It looked as though Connors and Em were on the verge of a tie in the game until Thomas made that kick and missed Connors from 7 feet. US 2 went up instead and halved the next two holes for the win. Spieth delivered big chips and great shots, and he and Thomas improved to 4-1 as a team in the President’s Cup and Ryder Cup matches.
Cameron Young and Colin Morikawa, United States, defeated. Tom Kim and KH Lee, International, 2 and 1.
This was the only game the international led early on, but not for long. Young Birdie made the sixth hole of the third degree for the Americans’ first lead and went up a 2-in turn. Kim and Lee won the next two holes to balance the match, only for Morikawa to hit the wedge to two feet for a 13th-place finisher in the lead. The Americans were first in 17th place when Young capped his debut by hitting 25 feet for the win. At that point, the Americans had already advanced 3-0 and confirmed their victory in the first session.
Se Woo Kim and Cameron Davis, Australia, defeated. Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, US, 2 August.
Schaeffler and Burns seemed to be in control of the match, especially when they tied Class 3 for sixth and 5th for seventh to lead 3. Kim and Davis sprinted away, winning eighth and twelfth places with the sparrows. But they were still second with four holes to play when they took advantage of American errors. Schaeffler and Burns put three 8-foot bullets to give up the 15th and Davis made a 10-foot flyer to win the 16th and match square. Davis hit his approach to 4 feet for a bird and the first lead for the international team, the Americans stunned the latter. This turned out to be the only international point.
Tony Finau and Max Homma, US, dev. Taylor Pendrith and Mito Pereira, Dooley, 1 August.
The Americans took an early lead again – they were leading in all five games by one point – but this was the toughest game of the day. Finau and Homa were leading 1 on the turn, and the match tied off the 13th hole. Homa hit a fine shot from the vault on the par-5 from 16 to a tight pin, while Pendrith matched the jumper with a 25-foot hit. But on the last hole, Pereira came off the tee and Pendrith could only go to the right bunker. Pereira jumped to 10 feet, and Pendereth missed a shot that would have cut the match in half.
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