Presidents Cup: Team USA leads the international team after the second day


Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have won both matches so far

The United States is on course to retain the Presidents Cup after extending its lead over the international team to 8-2 in the second round.

Trailing 4-1 after the first round, Davis Love III’s team won three of its five four-ball games Friday and tied the other two to open up a six-point lead.

With 21 more points on offer at Quail Hollow, the USA need 7 1/2 points to win for the 12th time in 14 games.

“The back is against the wall,” international captain Trevor Immelman said.

“He’s going to have to dig deep. But he’s going to have to start making some putts.”

The U.S. can hold on to the trophy with four foursomes and four fourball matches on Saturday before Sunday’s final 12 singles matches.

The USA has won the last eight editions of the Ryder Cup-style event against a team made up of players from around the world outside of Europe and leads 11-1 in head-to-head matches.

Good friends Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas won the first point of the day by beating Australian pair Adam Scott and Cam Davis 2&1.

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele defeated Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and South Korea’s Kim Joo-hyung 3&2, and Max Homa holed a birdie putt to eventually win 1UP with Billy Horschel over Canada’s Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith.

The international team got one point from the two games they split on Friday.

Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz won on par 18 as he and Sungjae Im won by half a point over Scottie Scheffler and his partner Sam Burns, while Chile’s Mito Pereira and South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout also gained half a point over Cameron Young and Kevin Kisner.

Despite the six-point lead, USA captain Davis Love III said, “We’re not sitting around saying, ‘OK, this is great.’

“We’ve seen a lot of big leads lost. We’ll try to motivate and not really talk about the result until the end.”