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U.S have Internationals on the ropes after dominating fourballs

Sep 23, 2022; Charlotte, NEW YORK, USA; Team USA golfer Xander Schauffele hits his bunker shot on the eighth hole through the four-ball match play of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept 23 (Reuters) – International captain Trevor Immelman vowed his men would fight to the ultimate bell in the Presidents Cup however they were outclassed on Friday by america who dominated the fourballs by firmly taking four of five points.

Carrying out a 4-1 thrashing in Thursday’s foursomes (alternate shot) the Internationals returned to the Quail Hollow Club searching for a solution to slow their rampaging opponents but had no answers because the U.S. increased their result in 8-2 after two days.

“I wasn’t excellent at math in school but there’s still 20 points open to win so we will fight,” offered a defiant Immelman. “Keep putting one foot while watching other.

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“We feel just like we’ve played some very good golf, some solid golf tee-to-green but we’ve absolutely been out-putted. Without doubt about any of it.

“Back’s against the wall. Likely to need to dig deep.”

The Americans were again forced to fight a late fightback by the Internationals that saw three of the five matches drop to the ultimate hole but ended in exactly the same 4-1 scoreline with the U.S. winning three and another two finishing in ties.

The Internationals, with an archive eight Presidents Cup debutants within their 12-man team, started as massive underdogs against a U.S. squad featuring nine of the very best 15 players on the planet rankings however now require some help from the golfing gods merely to avoid a humiliating defeat.

The U.S. have dominated the biennial competition having an 11-1-1 record and so are in position to join up a Presidents Cup first – clinching the golden trophy on Saturday and making Sunday’s 12 singles matches only a victory lap for the hosts.

With two sessions scheduled for a marathon Saturday (foursomes and fourballs) the Americans will undoubtedly be targeting the 15 1/2 total points had a need to lift the Cup for a 12th time and extend their unbeaten operate on home soil.

“We need to keep carefully the pedal to the metal and make an effort to get as much points once we can, win each session,” said Jordan Spieth. “And each and every person on we that is out tries to win a spot.

” If most of us do this, then it’ll be sufficient.

“Reach 15 1/2 as quickly as it is possible to.”

Delivered first by U.S. captain Davis Love III, major winners Spieth and Justin Thomas set the tone by taming the Australian duo of Adam Scott and Cam Davis 2&1 to obtain the U.S. on the scoreboard.

Your day ended within an explosion of cheers from the pro-American crowd when Max Homa rolled in a 15-foot pressure-packed birdie putt on the 18th to save lots of a 1-up victory for him and partner Billy Horschel over Canadian duo Corey Connors and Taylor Pendrith.

“I am within the last match both days also to have the ability to note that is special for me personally,” said Homa. “The golf’s amazing, nevertheless, you remember that sort of stuff well into your days.

“I was nervous as could possibly be over that putt, nonetheless it was fun.”

Also earning a spot for the U.S. were the stellar partnership of world numbers four and five Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, who hammered the Internationals most experienced couple of Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 6&5 in foursomes.

Picking right up where they left off on Thursday, Cantlay and Schauffele charged to a 5-up lead on Matsuyama and South Korean Kim Joo-hyung after just eight holes but had a need to work to summarize a 3&2 win.

World number 1 Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, the only real American pair to reduce on Thursday, cannot enter the win column but did earn the U.S. a half point when their match with South Korea’s Im Sung-jae and Colombian Sebastian Munoz finished in a tie.

Kevin Kisner and Cameron Young also secured a half point for the U.S. as their match with Chile’s Mito Pereira and South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout finished deadlocked.

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Reporting by Steve Keating in Charlotte; Editing by Ken Ferris and Chris Reese

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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