Presidents Cup 2017: How did Fowler, Thomas top International Team's unstoppable duo?

Posted October 01, 2017

The Internationals are on track for their heaviest defeat at the Presidents Cup after a star-studded United States team nearly swept the first of a double session on day three in New Jersey.

The lone highlight of the Internationals day came from Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama who were able to avoid the whitewash by splitting the point with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

The United States has opened a commanding lead at the 2017 Presidents Cup with an 8-2 lead through the first two days of play at Liberty National in New Jersey.

In Friday's other matches, Americans Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman take on South African Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri of India while the United States duo of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka face Aussie Adam Scott and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas - who will be trying to bounce back from a narrow defeat on Thursday.

Entering Friday, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace were ideal at the Presidents Cup.

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But just like every superhero has its Kryptonite, the Internationals found their weakness on Friday: Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.

The writing appeared to be on the wall when Australian Marc Leishman splashed the Internationals' first tee shot of the day into the water.

Hoffman and Chappell were three up after the first four holes, before birdies at eight and nine saw them take a five hole lead into the back nine. "Team USA won the ninth with their second birdie-4 of the match, now 1 UP, before Oosthuizen leveled the proceeding with a 37'10" birdie bang at the par-4 11th, but neither team conjured another win over the final seven holes, halving six of them with pars. Sep.

Needing to mount an early charge to battle back into contention, the global team instead got the day off to a foreboding start when Leishman sent his opening tee shot into the water in the alternate shot event handing Spieth and Reed a 1-up lead.

Sadly though, the ship might have already sailed on the tide as the equation for an global team victory is now an unlikely 13.5 points from a possible 20.

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"I know the United States team knows that, an 8-2 lead is a very strong lead for them to have, but like I say, we've only had 10 points out of 30 so there's a lot of golf left".

Justin Thomas, following his FedEx Cup victory, continues to ride a crest of a wave and showcased his supreme talent with a bunker hole-out during Friday's fourballs at the Presidents Cup. "We've got a ways to go yet and we'll keep telling them that".

In amongst that he virtually left Schwartzel one-out against the Americans with a string of bad shots.

The Americans headed into the afternoon fourball matches leading 11.5 to 2.5.

Oosthuizen will team with Day against Spieth and Reed in the first afternoon match.

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