Americans running away in the Presidents Cup

Posted September 30, 2017

Mickelson and Kisner never led until that hole.

The photo, showing Mickelson, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton was taken at the 2017 Presidents Cup in New Jersey.

Their match was all square on the 18th hole Friday. A victory would give the Americans a record lead.

"And when a player tells you that, he's basically telling you: 'Sit me out tomorrow.' That's what we made a decision to do". The Americans are out to another big lead in the event they haven't lost in almost two decades.

The Presidents Cup could have a presidential audience on Sunday as tournament officials said US President Donald Trump is considering attending.

"I'm clearly the worst selfie taker".

"I think that it will be done", Mickelson said. "But I can putt".

But the 37-year-old said it was no excuse after he and Cup rookie Jhonattan Vegas led their match against world No.1 Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, only to be shot down 3-and-2.

"It was one of the most exciting moments of my life, standing there", Schwartzel said. "They have a knack for doing that".

And with a team containing the likes of FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas, world number one Dustin Johnson, Open champion Jordan Spieth and US Open victor Brooks Koepka, it is no surprise that the home side are prohibitive favourites to retain the trophy at Liberty National in New Jersey.

Even on a day when Spieth and Reed weren't Spieth and Reed - with the USA pair halving their match with Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin - the American team's commanding performance had some observers whispering about a potential 10-point rule.

"I can't, especially because I was 1 when he playing in his first one, which is really insane to think", Thomas said.

The International team, comprised of players from the rest of the world except Europe, also trailed after the first sessions in 2013, 2011, 2009 and 2007.

There is a mathematical chance that the Americans could clinch Saturday. The Internationals won three.

"We have another 20 points left". "We are not laying down". "It's going to be cold tomorrow". Matsuyama gets a new partner after losing big with Charl Schwartzel.

The International pair were two up through two holes but lost the match on the par-threes, losing the first three of them before halving the final hole when needing to win it to force a half.

Hoffman and Chappell, who sat out Thursday's opening foursomes, were 3-UP after four holes before birdies at the eighth and ninth saw them hit the turn with a five-hole advantage. That Matsuyama, the No.3 player in the world and ostensibly the leader of the worldwide side, has to sit out a session - any session at all the entire week - should be indicative of just how dire this thing is heading into the weekend.

The stars on this day didn't hit a shot.

The U.S. have won nine of 11 Presidents Cups, including the last six over the global team, comprised of players from the rest of the world, except Europe.

The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the series, their lone loss in 1998 at Royal Melbourne a few weeks before Christmas.

Stricker didn't reveal what was going on with his team, but it's possible they could be practising their dance moves for more - and better - celebrations, which are sure to come.

"It's very rare that you get three presidents in one place - very rare", he said.

As the cliche goes, it got late early. The final nine holes were halved as each side played even par on the back nine.