The 2022 Presidents Cup is effectively over, and has been for some time. But, despite the U.S. leading the international standings 8-2 after two days of play, Friday afternoon’s four-ball match at Quail Hollow Golf Club was about as much fun as golf.

That’s the power of team golf, and nowhere was that more evident than in the final match on the course. Max Homa and Billy Horschel beat Taylor Pendrith and Corey Conners 1 UP to close out Friday’s matches, and Homa hit a one-two cross that none of the Canadians will forget for a long, long time.

With four matches in the books and the Presidents Cup nowhere in doubt (the U.S. is now -10,000 favorites to win a ninth in a row), Homa sent the cast to work with a 3-3 shutout and two in his career. An emphatic punch in front of — as he later pointed out — 10 of the best golfers he’s ever seen.

What makes team golf so special, and why does it create so much drama? Why do I have a sudden burst of chills on Friday afternoon? It’s a million dollar (or hundred million dollar) question that doesn’t have a specific or clear answer. The short answer: Because players rarely get to celebrate with anyone other than their caddies, the red, white, and blue envelope looks like a small circle and a duct tape parade in front of the people you care about the most. significantly.

The longer answer is probably much deeper and more complicated.

Regardless, Homa and co. The Americans aren’t reflecting on that as they take an 8-2 lead (tied for the lead after two days) into Saturday’s eight matches and then into Sunday’s singles. Davis Love III team He will attempt his 2017 record of 19 points after going from 34 total points to 30.

Still, there will be a few more moments like Homa’s on the 18th green at Quail Hollow on Friday, and Team Golf will remember that — at this level and this way — it’s always undefeated. . It’s hard to imagine that will ever change.

Here is the schedule of each match from Day 2 of the 2022 Presidents Cup.

2022 Presidents Cup results, results

America: 8 | International: 2

Day 2 — Four-ball — USA: 4 | International: 1


Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas


Adam Scott & Cameron Davis


Scottie Scheffler & Sam Burns


Sungjaim and Sebastian Munoz


Cameron Young & Kevin Kisner


Mito Pereira & C. Bezuidenhout


Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele


Hideki Matsuyama & Tom Kim

5 Billy Horschel and Max Homme 1 up Corey Connors and Taylor Pendrit

Match 1: Spieth/Thomas 2&1 over Scott/Davis

A slow start was the eventual demise of Australia’s partnership. With just one birdie between the two through eight holes, the International team got 3 down early. In the average area, the quality of golf is as high as the birdie after a birdie is made.

Scott moved to 2 down on the par-4 ninth and then the two teams traded birdies over the next three holes — drawing no blood. The Americans went 7 in 13 on their own and Thomas hit one of his best shots of the week on the par-3 14th.

Extending their lead to 3 up, a bogey from the Spit on the 15th underlined this game’s dormishness before a birdie on the 17th sealed the match. With the win, Thomas became the first player in Presidents Cup history to start his four-game career 5-0-0.

Match 2: Burns/Scheffler tied Munoz/Im

As the birds fly, this was easily an afternoon match. Burns got the party started when he hit an 80-foot eagle on the par-5 seventh. He and Scheffler played the first 10 holes in 5 under and added another birdie on the ninth and 10th to command a 2 UP lead.

That’s when the real fireworks began. Even Im and Munoz tried their best to draw but the American duo met each other in every round. The international players played Nos. 11-16 in 6-under – slicing all the rabbits out of their hats – but only managed to bogey one hole.

The tide finally turned when both Burns and Scheffler hit trouble on the 17th and allowed the Internationals to make the game. Pars from Scheffler and Im on the closing hole ended the second match in a tie.

Match 3: Young/Kisner TIED Bezuidenhout/Pereira

Neither team commanded a lead higher than 1 on the afternoon. Backing each other up, a series of birdies from an international cast around the turn saw them take the lead heading into the back nine. They caught up before a bogey on the par-3 14th allowed the US to tie the match. Despite some late drama, it stayed that way until the end and led to the second round of Day 2.

Match 4: Cantlay/Schaufele 3&2 over Matsuyama/Kim

Kim’s American name may be a train reference, but the only one in this matchup is the runaway version of Cantley and Shuffle. After crushing Scott and Matsuyama on Day 1, the two were at it again in the four-ball. A perfect ham and egg recipe, Schauffele connected on a pair of birds before giving way to Cantley.

Highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 seventh, the U.S. is again 4-up on Thursday. This time, another birdie on the eighth smothered Kim and Matsuyama, leaving the quartet in no doubt before their turn. The International team rallied late on the back nine to win 14-15, but delayed their inevitable defeat.

After going 0-2-0 in four balls at Royal Melbourne, Cantley and Shuffley recorded their first win in the Presidents Cup.

Game 5: Horschel/Homa 1 over Conners/Pendridge

The telecast called this match a “pillow fight” and I have no problem with the front nine’s assessment. The Americans made six straight pars out of the gate, and 2 UP was enough to gather an early lead. Conners’ birdies on the par 4 11th and 13th on par 4 took that fair margin into the back half after losing composure.

After exchanging birdies on the par-5 16th, the first big moment of the match occurred on the 17th green. As Penderitz’s birdie bid was about to go out, Homa stepped up and turned it around from 13 feet, encouraging Horschel.

That seemed like enough to secure the US full point, but Pendrit had other ideas. The senior Canadian made a rare birdie on the final 18th green, only to be matched by Homa moments later. The California boy finished birdie-birdie for a second consecutive 4-1 session win and an 8-2 lead for the Americans — the largest margin over two sessions in Presidents Cup history.

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