With just one point separating the US from a 10th Presidents Cup win in 12 occurrences, everyone on the USA squad likely wanted to be that first man out Sunday to have a chance at securing the Cup.
Mickelson is the only man to play in all 12 Presidents Cups, and Stricker admitted he thought about sending the 47-year-old out earlier - perhaps putting him in position to seal the deal.
"Strick has been very, very adamant about "I want to win every single session this week", said USA star Jordan Spieth".
Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka overcame Marc Leishman and Branden Grace 3&2 to appear destined to seize the cup only for Lahiri and Kim to show great resilience against the partisan home support. After Thomas sank a 42-foot downhill putt on the 14th to push the American Team's lead to 2 up, Berger finished the match with a par on the 16th.
Friday features five matches of fourballs, followed by a full day of foursomes and fourballs Saturday and the decisive Sunday singles. Even Day and Oosthuizen said they didn't want the penalty enforced, because it didn't make any sense.
President Donald Trump didn't just present the Presidents Cup trophy to the winning American team on Sunday. They fell behind with another bogey on the par-3 seventh, only to win the eighth with a birdie. "That would be really a career moment for me if we could go over there and. keep the Ryder Cup".
"I think we're going to be sharp and ready to go because we respect and understand how good the global players are".
"We're fighting not only these guys who are the best players in the world but we're fighting the crowds", said Day.
Fowler commended Thomas for shaking off nerves and a slow start, which saw the duo fall behind after two holes, before they rallied and eventually left the Matsuyama and Schwartzel pairing in the dust.
The cup comes to Royal Melbourne in 2019, where the worldwide team celebrated its only win in 1998 but lost to the Americans in 2011. "We feel awful about this being Nick's last captaincy, and we've not played well and the Americans have played great".
"They are going to go play for their pride, they are going to play for themselves, they are going to play for the team and they are going to play for us".
The United States won four and halved another of the day's five fourball matches at Liberty National Golf Club, thwarting the Internationals' bid to bounce back from a two-point opening day deficit. The expressive Kisner holed a clutch birdie on the 15th hole to even the match. I guess that was just a good seed in my head when I started out today.
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