United States poised for four-ball rout at Presidents Cup

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed continued their match-play dominance with a 2 and 1 win over Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Jason Day of Australia in the afternoon session, recording birdies on holes 15, 16 and 17 to erase a 1 down deficit and break the spirit of the two veteran major championship victor.

"I think it was just an oversight on his part", worldwide team captain Nick Price said. They won the opening session for the sixth straight time, and more ominously, have never lost the premier team tournament when leading after day one. Conceding the hole to the American team of Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman, the 30-year-old Lahiri innocuously retried this shot for practice. Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger had some great moments.

Spieth and Reed, fresh off a 4 & 3 foursomes win over Day and Leishman, triumphed again in the afternoon despite Spieth's hotly debated disqualification from the 12th hole.

The latter can only occur if the International Team, which has been outplayed, out-thought, out-coached and out-everything-elsed for the first three days by Team USA, wins every one of the 12 singles matches today.

Jordan Spieth shook off a rules controversy to grab a third win this week with Patrick Reed - a 2 & 1 fourball victory over Australian Jason Day and South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Hoffman and Chappell, who sat out Thursday's opening foursomes, came out flying, 3-up after four holes.

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"I don't think any of us have really focused much on the scoreboard until this afternoon, when we actually had a chance to finish it off", Spieth said. "In fact, I have been waiting for this for the past two years".

At 17, Hoffman chipped in from in front of the green before Lahiri poured in a 19-foot birdie putt to halve the hole.

On a day when windy conditions made it a battle of attrition for players, Price was delighted with the comeback, especially with the U.S. leading in four matches and all square in the fifth midway through the session. "Club selection was so hard, and we got behind the eight-ball pretty early with a few of our guys being 2-down, 3-down at the turn", said the Zimbabwean.

"Obviously it's been a tough week for the team, so we were trying our hearts out," Lahiri said.

But the clutch shot wasn't even the best part. So the team is not discouraged at all. "It wasn't a good start for us this afternoon, either, and these guys just, you know, they get in that position where they are down and they keep fighting and scratching".

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