There is still work for the USA team to do over the weekend if they are to reclaim the Presidents Cup in Australia. The International team remain two ahead as we head into the final day of action.
The international side extended their lead on the second day by four. However, the Americans came roaring back to a promising position by leading in all four of the opening clashes of the day. That strong opening was wasted, as the international side didn’t let go.
International Side Recover Well
Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer saved a half-point in their clash against Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler. They were able to achieve that despite trailing by five at one point. That resilience was on full display again as Byerong Hun An and Joaquin Niemann also fought back to save a draw in their match against Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau.
The Americans were able to claim a 3-1 win for the session. However, they remain behind the international team who started the opening days much stronger. Their 10-8 is a narrow one, but they need just five and a half points from Sunday’s action to claim the win. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods will be hoping that his side can get the seven and a half they need to get the win.
The first point of the day for the US was picked up by Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland as they beat the partnership of Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott. That particular match was tied after ten holes, but the winning pair took control of the round in the eleventh and twelfth holes.
Rest Of The Day’s Action
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay managed to pick up another point for the Americans as they managed to beat Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im. The losing pair were ahead by three after the opening five, but Cantlay and his partner came roaring back to take the lead in the tenth.
Woods wasn’t in action on the third day of action as he made the decision to rest himself. That ultimately broke up the winning partnership with Thomas, and that proved crucial. Thomas and Fowler did, however, go up by five, but the international partnership fought back in the eleventh to put themselves back in contention.
That would be the narrative that would be followed for the remainder, as there was a gripping finale as Thomas fired his effort into the trees to seal a half-point for the internationals. That result ensured that Ancer was able to keep his unbeaten record alive. Meanwhile, it ended Thomas’ momentum as his four-match winning run was ended with the draw.
The final day’s action kicks off on Sunday, with every player in attendance set to take to the course in the singles competition. There is much work to be done for the US, and much will depend on how they start on the day. However, it isn’t impossible, and Woods will be confident that he can lead his side to success.