Capsules of the matches at the Presidents Cup
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) A capsule look at Saturday’s matches at the Presidents Cup:
Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, United States, def. Jason Day and Marc Leishman, International, 4 and 3.
Leishman began this match by driving into the water to fall behind the Americans early, and the match was square when Reed gunned a birdie putt some 12 feet by that led to a three-putt bogey. Day chipped in from below the seventh green for a 1-up lead, and the International team kept the lead with matching bogeys on No. 8 when the Americans three-putted again. The match was all square at the turn, and then it ended quickly. Day drove into a video board tower complex on the 12th. Spieth hit wedge to 6 feet on the 13th. Day drove into a bunker that led to bogey on the 14th. And the Americans closed them out when Spieth hit a wedge to 6 feet on the 15th.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, United States, def. Adam Scott and Adam Hadwin, International, 4 and 3.
Johnson and Kuchar didn’t have to work very hard in this match. Starting at No. 5, the Americans won three straight holes with a bogey, par and birdie as Scott and Hadwin couldn’t put anything together. The Americans were 4 up at the turn when Adams tried to chip away. They won the 10th with a birdie and pulled to within 2 down with a birdie on the 13th. Scott drove into a fairway bunker on No. 14, Hadwin laid up and Scott was 50 feet right of the flag on the third shot. They three-putted for a double bogey to fall 3 down with four to play, and the Americans closed without with a birdie on the 15th.
Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner, United States, def. Jhonattan Vegas and Emiliano Grillo, International, 2 and 1.
Kisner holed a 15-foot putt on the first hole for an early lead that the Americans gave back with a bogey on No. 3. They fell behind with another bogey on the par-3 seventh, only to win the eighth with a birdie. The next five holes were halved until Mickelson and Kisner took control at No. 14 when the International team fell behind with a bogey. Mickelson hit wedge to 2 feet on the 15th for a 2-up lead, only for Grillo to stick his tee shot on the par-3 16th to 2 feet. Mickelson again delivered with a shot into 6 feet, which Kisner converted for a birdie and the victory.
Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, International, halved with Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, United States.
The South African duo, coming off their first loss, opened with two birdies and a 2-up lead through three holes. They couldn’t hold it. They made bogey on No. 7, followed by a double bogey on No. 8, and the match was square. Thomas and Fowler took a 1-up lead at the turn with a birdie, and the South Africans answered with a birdie on the 11th to square the match. It stayed that way the rest of the match. On the 17th, Thomas missed a 6-foot par putt, and Grace missed his par putt from 5 feet that would have given them a 1-up lead. Both teams missed the green to the right on the par-3 18th. Grace’s 4-foot par putt caught the left edge and dropped, and then Thomas made his from about that range for the halve.
Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, United States, def. Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen, International, 2 and 1.
The Americans appeared headed toward another victory when Day hit his tee shot on the windy, par-3 10th to 6 feet for birdie, and Oosthuizen hit an approach to 10 feet for birdie on the 11th. On the reachable par-4 12th, Oosthuizen was just over the green with his tee shot and Day was already in for birdie. Spieth had 12 feet. Oosthuizen’s eagle putt raced by the hole, and with the crowd urging it to go in the water, Spieth scooped up the moving ball to quiet the crowd. That violated Rule 1-2 about deflecting a moving ball, and the penalty is loss of hole. That meant Spieth couldn’t attempt his birdie putt and his side lost the hole. Spieth squared the match with a birdie on the 15th, Reed birdied the next and Spieth won it with a birdie on the 17th.
Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, United States, def. Hideki Matsuyama and Jhonattan Vegas, International, 3 and 2.
The International side birdied three of the first four holes for a 3-up lead until Berger pecked away with a birdie on the fifth, and then three straight birdies starting on the par-5 ninth for a 1-up lead. Thomas delivered the big moment, as he has done all week, by making a 40-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole for a 2-up lead. By then, the International side was losing hope. The Americans won with a par on the 16th, and Berger had his first point of the matches.
Si Woo Kim and Anirban Lahiri, International, def. Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell, United States, 1 up.
This was the last match on the course Saturday and by then, the International team had gone 13 consecutive matches without winning dating to Thursday. If the Americans won, they would have 15 1/2 points to win the Presidents Cup. Trailing the entire match, they took the lead for the first time with a par on the 13th, only for Kim to win the 15th with a birdie to square the match. Lahiri gave them a 1-up lead with a tough 12-foot birdie on the 16th. On the 17th, the Internationals were poised to close it out until Hoffman chipped in for birdie on the 17th. When the celebration died, Lahiri poured in a 20-footer for birdie to stay 1 up. All four players missed the 18th green. Lahiri chipped to 3 feet for the winning par.
Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, United States, def. Branden Grace and Marc Leishman, International, 3 and 2
This was the only fourballs match in which the International team never led. Koepka, who sat out in the morning, did most of the damage after Johnson birdied the first two holes. Leishman made a pair of birdies to square the match, and Koepka made eagle on the ninth to go 1 up. Koepka holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole for a 2-up lead, and he hit wedge to 6 feet on the 15th for a 3-up lead that made it only a matter of time before they won.
- Adam Hadwin
- Branden Grace
- Emiliano Grillo
- Jason Day
- Kevin Kisner
- Matt Kuchar
- Phil Mickelson
- Rickie Fowler