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United States of America dominating Presidents Cup

30 September 2017

The shortest match of the day belonged to a pair of American rookies, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman, who sat out the foursomes matches in the opening session.

- Justin Thomas, on being the first USA team to beat Oosthuizen and Grace.

With a 24th Presidents Cup match win, Mickelson tied the record held by Tiger Woods - who was watching at the 18th green in his role as an assistant captain.

Where the US team appears to be forging a foundation for future competitions, Price's global side continues to be mired in a jigsaw puzzle of divergent personalities and cultures that just doesn't fit together.

"Our goal was to not be complacent, to be sharp and be ready to play and we've been doing that so far so I don't think continuing that will be a hard challenge for us".

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They got off to the flawless start with a win at the first and went to the turn 2up and looking comfortable but the back nine again proved their undoing. They won four straight holes early in the match against worldwide rookies Si Woo Kim and Emiliano Grillo. Stricker's dozen may not live up to that billing just yet, but they are closing in on something truly special. I'm sure he was still the same kind of guy. The Americans did well to keep hanging around then birdied two of the final four holes to heist this point.

The Americans got off to a flying start with Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler giving Hideki Matsuyama and Charl Schwartzel a towelling, 6&4.

They were 3 up after four holes against Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri and never let up in a 6-and-5 victory. But this team I think is better still than that.

Remember, the Americans can technically clinch the Cup today if they win 7.5 of the 8 available points Saturday.

"We need to refocus and get back into contention on Sunday, " Day said. "If we can pull off a win here, this is going to be one for the ages for our team because it's been a long time since we've won".

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"I can't dance. I can't take selfies", Mickelson said.

Saturday morning's four alternate-shot foursomes will be followed by four four-ball (better ball) matches in the afternoon.

Day and Leishman seized early control of the match with birdies on the first four holes to go 2-up, where it remained until a Kisner birdie on No. 11 cut it to 1-up and another on 15 got it to all-square.

Justin Thomas, last week's FedEx Cup champion, and Rickie Fowler overcame South African duo Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace 3&2 to hand a first defeat for the South African in the Presidents Cup after winning their opening five matches as a duo.

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United States of America dominating Presidents Cup