W2W4: Best matches to watch Saturday at the Presidents Cup

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, International, def. Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, United States, 3 and 1.

Hope remains for the worldwide side thanks to Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, who secured a hard-fought 2&1 victory over Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka.

After falling behind by 3.5-1.5 margin on the first day of competition, the global team hoped to cut into the lead at the Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, New Jersey. Thomas holed his bunker shot for the Americans to stay 2 up, and Thomas birdied the next hole for a 3-up lead.

"I took it pretty well, but yesterday was hard", said Hoffman of having to watch the opening matches from the sidelines.

There's still a lot of golf left to be played, but with this comfortable of a lead, the American team will feel relaxed come Sunday.

I think that, by Sunday, the American team will win the Cup again. Obama, Bush and Clinton all served as honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup while in office. But someone clearly forgot to relay that message to Thomas, who repeatedly displayed that competitive fire on Friday.

"We can still get out there and hopefully finish the week off strong", Grace said, adding, "I think if we get the pairings right tomorrow and guys put the foot down, you never know".

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The Japanese player, ranked third in the world, has gone off the boil since he finished tied for fifth at the US PGA Championship in August and has no idea why.

Day found water off the tee going for the green at the short par-4 12th to fall back to level and with the winds swirling on the back nine the match became a dogfight.

He's quietly one of the very best players in the field between both teams. "We need to be focused, stay to what we are doing'". Kim and Lahiri took a slim 1-up lead to the 17th when Hoffman chipped in for birdie to presumably square the match.

Oosthuizen's putt on the drivable par 4 had missed and was rolling well past the hole. "Our motto is, 'Let's win every session.' If we so that the next two days we'll be in great shape". The Americans won the last four holes. So they were hanging tough. If they are better together, it might be because of all the money matches that they have played against each other at Old Palm Golf Club. Much like the Spieth/Reed combination, Fowler and Thomas can be a team to be reckoned with for years to come.

Match referee Andy McFee, a top rules chief on the European Tour, stepped in and informed Spieth that it was a violation of the first rule in golf (Rule 1-2): "A player must not take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play".

With the Americans starting as heavy favourites for the biennial teams event at Liberty National, the host nation leads by three points with two matches still in play during the Thursday foursomes.

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