Last updated 23 September 2022 14:38 (UK time)
The 14th edition of the Presidents Cup was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the United States in the international team, and if you talk to several experts before the competition begins on Thursday, you would think that the Americans already have. Their hands are on the cup.
This is because the international side has been thinned out by the LIV Tour, a tour run by former Australian golfer Greg Norman, where many players who were eligible to join the international team have decided to transfer jump and join the LIV golf party, meaning they are ineligible for this competition, which meant Cameron Smith, Joaquin Neiman, Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen, among others, could not play for the international team.
This meant that the highest-rated player representing the visiting team was Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama, who was ranked seventeenth, while the hosts topped the rankings with ten players out of twelve, the average international ranking around the 50th mark, and with eight starters the odds were tough against Trevor Immelman’s team.
But with American captain Davis Love III also missing out, the internationals were still full of quality despite their inexperience in this kind of battle, so the Americans couldn’t feel good about themselves and had to stamp their authority to make sure that they weren’t. shocked by it. Very young visiting group.
The first day featured four-way matches, meaning that the pairs sent there on the opening day alternated, there were five matches to be played over the course of the afternoon, and these were those matches:-
Match 1 – Patrick Cantlie / Xander Shaveli Vs. Adam Scott / Hideki Matsuyama
Match 2 – Jordan Spieth / Justin Thomas Vs. Songjae M / Corey Conners
Match 3 – Cameron Young / Colin Morikawa vs Tom Kim / KH Lee
Match 4 – Scotty Sheffler / Sam Burns Vs. Se-Woo Kim / Cam Davis
Match 5 – Tony Finau / Max Huma vs. Taylor Pendrith / Mito Pereira
So what did the experts say about the international’s chances of getting anything right from day one? The first game was a guaranteed American win, the second game could go either way but the American duo would probably top it, the third game was probably the international’s best chance for a point, but games four and five would likely also the American’s way, they were They expect a 4-1 result for the hosts after the first day.
Should the international team have been able to push for another point or even half a point and maybe come out with a 3-2 or 3-1 deficit on day one, they would have been satisfied if they could have made it.
The underdogs needed a good start but unfortunately for them their opponents came out of the blocks leading all five games and with about two hours of play left on the first day 5-0 looked a real possibility, Kantelay /Shaveli proceeded to demolish Scott/. Matsuyama 6 and 5 to put First Point on the board, but the other four games ended up being too close, especially the last two.
Spieth/Thomas managed to hold on to win 2&1 against Im/Conners on the 17th hole, Young/Burns also managed to outscore their opponents by the same score against Kim/Lee, meaning the hosts 3- 0 ahead, so the last two games were successful Or two broken for the international team I felt.
Well, take the bow Si Woo Kim/Davis, who were four behind the others to play Scheffler/Burns, but a good late comeback from the international duo saw them eventually win the 2up competition, meaning that they took their first point on the board. in the match. The visiting team, and with the final between Finau/Homa and Pendrith/Pereira all right from the last hole, the internationals can pick up at least half a point to make it a decent day after a poor start.
Unfortunately they couldn’t as they misplaced a draw to cut the match in half meaning the American duo narrowly left with a 1-up win meaning the hosts after day one a had a 4-1 lead in four-ball play. On the second day, the American team finally got the better of the opening day, and while the internationals made good comebacks in four of the five contests, they could only collect a single point after a day of competition.
Five more matches to come on Friday, Four Ball, here are those matches:-
Match 1 – Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas Vs. Adam Scott/Cam Davis
Match 2 – Scotty Sheffler / Sam Burns vs Songjay M / Sebastian Munoz
Kevin Kesner / Cameron Young – Christian Bezuidenhout / Mito Pereira
Patrick Cantlie/Xander Shaveli vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Tom Kim
Billy Horschel/Max Homma vs. Cory Conners/Taylor Pendrith
Day two will see Munoz and Bezuidenhout make their competitive debuts this year after sitting out the first day, and Americans will also see Kisner and Horschel in the 2022 edition of this tournament. Can the internationals take a few hits on day two and try to get back into this thing, or are the Americans, with Spit, Thomas, Scheffler and Burns playing together again for the second day in a row, completely this thing control on the way to day three , we will soon find out what is enough in it.