It’s easy (and probably right) to be optimistic heading into Day 1 of the 2022 Presidents Cup Thursday. Perhaps that was wishful thinking or simply the goodwill of those on both sides of the matchups to play this event rather than simply getting into LIV Golf. Whatever the case may be, the United States will start the festivities at Quail Hollow by running out to a big lead, where they stopped early and often again.

A 4-1 advantage in the US seems huge, but it could be much worse. After playing just three of the 83 holes in five alternate shootouts on Thursday, the international team, and luckily for the visitors, the last two of those holes were played by Cameron Davis and Se Woo Kim, the titanic duo of the American side. Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns. It was the only bright spot on a difficult day for Trevor Immelman’s side.

It wasn’t particularly unexpected from either, given the depleted international roster and the format of the event. The US has now won 16 consecutive fours (alternate batting) matches, the biggest difference in the format between them and an international team this century. The US has not lost a Presidents Cup since 1998.

The odds on the international team, which has moved into a 20-1 underdog according to Caesars Sportsbook, are immense. They play four games in five more matches on Friday, but they have to face a powerful American side again in four hours on Saturday, and it doesn’t look like it will be any better than Thursday. Plus, the US now leads by a wide margin after the only first day loss in Presidents Cup history (coincidentally, it was the International team that blew a big lead after the first period, and it came back in 2019. Royal Melbourne).

The words between the two captains after the match were telling. Immelmann kept his chin up but his eyes flashing with confidence, saying the international team would keep fighting because that’s the only way they have to do it. Davis Love III spent the next few days agonizing over who should sit in the world.

A tale of two captains and the teams at their disposal. Optimism about the upcoming Presidents Cup has all but disappeared after the first five matches this week. That’s not to say there isn’t still plenty of value in continuing the event, but it could indicate what it’s meant for the past eight Presidents Cups in a row: The United States will be victorious.

Here is the list of every match from Day 1 of the 2022 Presidents Cup.

2022 Presidents Cup results, results

Day 1 (Foursomes) — United States: 4 | International: 1

Match United States Point International

1

Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele

6&5

Adam Scott & Hideki Matsuyama

2

Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas

2&1

Corey Conners & Sungjae Im

3

Cameron Young & Colin Morikawa

2&1

KH Lee and Tom Kim

4

Sam Burns & Scottie Scheffler

2 up

Cameron Davis & Si Woo Kim

5 Tony Finau and Max Homa 1 up Mito Perera and Taylor Pendrit

Match 1: Cantlay/Schaufele 6&5 over Matsuyama/Scott

Early and often the Americans took it to international people. After winning four of the first seven holes, Cantley and Shuffle saw their lead balloon to 4 UP as they left the seventh green. Scott and Matsuyama tried their best to fight and had little time to tighten up the game in turns.

With a chance to cut his lead to 2 d at the par-3 10th, Scott let his short birdie bid fall on the low side and later compounded this mistake by hitting his tee shot into the water at the par-4 11th. That was all she wrote in the first match as Cantley and Schaufele eventually went 6-5 to improve their career record to 5-0-0 between the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup.

Match 2: Thomas/Speight 2&1 over Conners/Im

This is a very tight matchup as all four players are fantastic iron players. After trading pars on the first two holes, Spieth and Thomas put their foot on the gas, winning three of the next four holes. Leading by 3 up by 6, Im punched back to lead the International team to a pair of wins to cut the margin to one at the turn.

That was as close as the international would get to letting opportunity after opportunity fall by the wayside on the back nine. Despite getting a little help from Connors, he held the international team with a steady green-to-green presence.

The biggest loss of the match came at the par-4 15th (typically the 18th for the Wells Fargo Championship) when it looked like the international team would finally break even. Instead, Thomas made a putt from 20 feet and Connors missed from 10 to push the American margin to two with three holes to play.

“It was the difference in the game,” Spieth said.

The U.S. went on from there and in the process improved Spieth’s team record to 17-6-3 and Thomas’ to 11-2-3 — both unbeaten in four Presidents Cup games.

Match 3: Yang/Morikawa 2&1 over Lee/Kim

Without Dustin Johnson on the roster, Cameron Young was paired with Colin Morikawa. Given how he played on some of the bigger stages this past season, it’s no surprise that Young thrived on this stage. Hitting the rising tee shot off the first tee, he set the tone for the day’s presumptive PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

Battling back and forth with Lee and Kim, the Americans took their first lead on the par-3 sixth. Adding an edge to their rotation, a short miss from Young on the par-3 10th gave the international players some hope. They took it and won the next two holes to tie the match.

An approach from Morikawa on the par-4 13th squashed any thoughts of an upset as the US clawed its way back to a 1 UP lead. Three consecutive pars from both teams with Young’s 25-foot birdie putt the match on the 17th.

Match 4: Davis/Kim 2 over Burns/Scheffler

The biggest shock of Day 1 came from the fourth game. After birdieing the opening hole, Burns and Scheffler felt like they were going to get away with it, but Kim and Davis persevered in the face of adversity. The international team quickly tied the match, but Davis fell to 3-under after dropping his putt into the water on the par-5 seventh.

Kim and Davis had fire on the inside half as they made the turn back to 2DN. Slowly, but surely eating into the American’s lead, after birdying the par-4 15th, he finally squared off with a big birdie on the par-5 16th.

Another birdie putt by Davis followed on the par-4 17th to take their first lead of the day. With the Americans in trouble on the 18th, Davis and Kim comforted their birdies for a 2 UP win and the first point of the 2022 Presidents Cup World Cup.

Match 5: Homa/Finau 1 UP by Perera/Pendridge

There wasn’t a ton of quality golf in this match, but it was a very competitive second and he finished 18th. Penderitt and Pereira made bogeys on four of the first six holes and only saw their deficit grow to 2 pars. As the two teams completed the front nine, the Internationals finally moved to 1-under with birdies on the par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth.

The Americans maintained their lead until the international made birdie on the difficult 13th. As with Thomas and Spieth’s win, the key moment came when the US miraculously stayed within three games of no-man’s land at 4-15.

They regained the lead until Penderith converted an international birdie from 23 feet on the next hole – the only international putt outside of 15 feet on Day 1. The camel’s back and Homa and Finau opened the door and won 1 UP in the final match of the day.



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