Lahiri suffers Presidents Cup nightmare

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

A clutch birdie putt from Anirban Lahiri has prevented the Presidents Cup from being won nearly 24 hours before honorary chairman Donald Trump's scheduled final-day visit in New Jersey.

The U.S. ended Saturday up 14.5-3.5 and nearly clinched the Presidents Cup by day's end.

But India's Lahiri drained a crucial putt at Liberty National's 17th and converted a one-up win to ensure the final day of matches aren't dead rubbers.

All they need was one more point to reach the magical clinching 15.5 points number.

Lahiri and partner South African Charl Schwartzel absorbed the worst beating as Presidents Cup rookies Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell administered a 6&5 thrashing to collect the first USA. point of the day. This is a powerful US team playing to its potential, and the result is the biggest blowout since these matches began in 1994.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, already 2-0-1 together this week, earned the US its first point of the afternoon with a 2-and-1 victory over Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen.

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Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, in the last match out, also closed out a 3-and-2 win over Marc Leishman and Branden Grace a while later.

Luckily for Lahiri, partner Charl Schwartzel managed to halve the hole against the U.S. Yet Lahiri stumbled again on the fourth, making 6 on the par 5 to give the Americans a 3-up lead through four holes.

Internationals' top-ranked player Hideki Matsuyama and Jhonattan Vegas shot out to a three-hole advantage early in the match only to be reeled in by FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.

The singles session will commence Sunday afternoon.

The 11-point margin was the largest ever going into 12 singles matches Sunday.

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