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2022 Presidents Cup scores, results, standings: Stars push Americans to lead after day one

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It was easy (and perhaps even fashionable) to be optimistic about the 2022 Presidents Cup quartets kicking into action on Thursday. Perhaps it was wishful thinking or just a nod of goodwill to those on both sides of the matches who stayed to play this event rather than defecting to LIV Golf. Either way, the United States ended it early and often, once again rushing into a massive advance to start the festivities at Quail Hollow.

USA’s 4-1 lead looks huge, but it could have been much worse. The international team led after just three of the 83 holes played in five alternating shot matches on Thursday, and fortunately for the visitors two of those holes were the last two Cameron Davis and Si Woo Kim played against the titanic duo on the American side by Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns. It was the only positive of a difficult day for Trevor Immelman’s team.

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None of this was particularly unexpected given both the depleted international roster and the format of the event. The United States have now won or tied 16 consecutive games in foursomes (alternating shots), which has proven to be the biggest format difference between them and the international team this century. The United States has not lost a Presidents Cup since 1998.

The problems for an international team that moved to a 20-1 underdog, according to Caesars Sportsbook, are myriad. They’ll fourball Friday in five more games, but they’ll have to face the powerhouse American team again in foursomes on Saturday, and that doesn’t bode much better than Thursday. Moreover, the United States now leads by a margin after the first day which resulted in only one defeat in the history of the Presidents Cup (coincidentally, it was the international team which lost one). massive lead after the first session, and she returned in 2019 at Royal Melbourne).

The verbiage between the two captains after the games was telling. Immelman, head held high but eyes belying his confidence, saying the international team was going to keep fighting because that’s all they know how to do. Davis Love III saying he was worried about who in the world he would have to sit for the next few days.

The story of two captains and the teams at their disposal. The optimism of a tight Presidents Cup has completely disappeared after the first five games this week. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of value in continuing to watch the event yet, but it probably means what it means for the last eight consecutive Presidents Cups: the United States will finish victorious.

Here’s a breakdown of every game from Day 1 of the 2022 Presidents Cup.

2022 Presidents Cup results, results

Day 1 (Foursomes) — United States: 4 | International: 1

Match United States Score International

1

Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauele

6&5

Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama

2

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas

2&1

Corey Conners and Sungjae Im

3

Cameron Young and Collin Morikawa

2&1

KH Lee and Tom Kim

4

Sam Burns and Scottie Scheffler

2 UP

Cameron Davis and Siwoo Kim

5 Tony Finau and Max Homa 1 TOP Mito Pereira and Taylor Pendrith

Match 1: Cantlay/Schaulele 6&5 against Matsuyama/Scott

Very early and often, the Americans took him to the internationals. Winning four of the first seven holes, Cantlay and Schauffele saw their lead ball 4 UP as they left the seventh green. Scott and Matsuyama did their best to fight back and had a moment to tighten the match on the turn.

With an opportunity to cut the lead to 2 ND on the par-3 10th, Scott let his short birdie bid fall on the low side and then compounded that mistake by hitting his tee shot into the water on the par-11. -4. That’s all she wrote in the opener as Cantlay and Schauffele eventually secured a 6&5 victory and improved their career foursome record together to 5-0-0 between the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup.

Game 2: Thomas/Spieth 2&1 against Conners/Im

This is the most surrounded match because all four players are excellent iron players. After trading par on the first two holes, Spieth and Thomas put their foot on the accelerator by winning three of the next four holes. With a 3 UP lead from six, Im fought back and led the international team to a pair of wins to reduce the margin to one on the turn.

It was as close as the internationals would get as they let opportunity after opportunity fall by the wayside on the back nine. Although he received little help from Conners, Im kept the international team afloat with his constant presence from tee to green.

The biggest blow of the match came on the par-4 15th (usually the 18th for the Wells Fargo Championship) when it looked like the international team would finally equalize. Instead, Thomas connected from 20 feet for par and Conners missed from inside 10 to bring the American margin back to two with three holes to play.

“That was the difference in the game,” Spieth said.

USA held firm from there and in doing so improved Spieth’s team record to 17-6-3 and Thomas’s to 11-2-3 – they both remain unbeaten in the foursomes of the Presidents Cup.

Match 3: Young/Morikawa 2&1 vs. Lee/Kim

Without Dustin Johnson on the roster, Cameron Young was the man to team up with Collin Morikawa. Seeing how he performed on some of the biggest stages last season, it’s no surprise that Young has thrived in this arena. Hitting a booming tee shot on the first start, the presumed PGA Tour Rookie of the Year set the tone for the day.

Fighting back and forth with Lee and Kim, the Americans took their first lead on the par-3 sixth. Adding to their advantage at the turn, a short miss from Young on the par-3 10th gave the internationals some hope. They took it and ran winning the next two holes and tying the game.

A close approach on Morikawa’s par-4 13th immediately crushed any thoughts of upset as the United States bounced back to a 1 UP lead. With three straight pars from both teams, a 25-foot birdie from Young’s blade ended that game on the 17th.

Match 4: Davis/Kim 2 UP vs. Burns/Scheffler

The biggest shock of Day 1 came in Game 4. After birdie on the first hole, it looked like Burns and Scheffler were going to run away with it, but Kim and Davis held on in the face of adversity. The international side quickly tied the game but fell to 3 NDs after Davis threw his approach into the water at the par-5 seventh.

Returning to 2 DN as they made the turn, Kim and Davis caught fire in the inside half. Slowly but surely eating away at the American lead, after winning the par-4 15th with a par, they finally tied with a huge birdie on the par-5 16th.

Set up by Davis, another birdie followed on the par-4 17 to take their first lead of the day. With the Americans struggling on the 18th, Davis and Kim birdied their putt to secure a 2 UP victory and the first point of the 2022 Presidents Cup international.

Match 5: Homa/Finau 1 UP vs Pereira/Pendrith

There wasn’t a ton of quality golf in this game, but it was the most competitive and the second to reach 18th. Pendrith and Pereira bogeyed on four of their first six holes and only saw their deficit increase to 2 DN. The internationals eventually bounced back with birdies on the par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth to come within 1 DN by the time both teams finished the top nine.

The Americans maintained their lead until the internationals birdied in the difficult 13th. As in the Thomas and Spieth victory, the pivotal moment came on the par-4 15th when the United States made a miraculous par from no man’s land to stay level with three players left.

On the next hole they were ready to regain their lead until Pendrith converted a 23ft international birdie – the only international putt from outside 15ft to fall on Day 1. A temperamental drive from Pereira on the 18th was the last straw to break the camel’s back and opened the door for Homa and Finau to earn a 1 UP win in the final game of the day.

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