THE American team have got off to a flying start in the Presidents Cup, grabbing a 4-1 lead over the International team after the first five matches on Thursday.
Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker got the first point on the board for the US with a dominant 5 and 4 victory over rookie duo Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Anirban Lahiri of India.
South African pair Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace were the only ones in the International team who offered any resistance with a solid 3 and 2 win over the out-of-sorts Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed.
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Australia’s Adam Scott had the honour of the first tee shot of the 11th Presidents Cup but set the tone for a day of scrappy play from the International side by finding the right rough.
Player of the year Jordan Spieth and partner Dustin Johnson had an uncharacteristic sloppy front nine against the similarly wayward pair of Australia’s Marc Leishman and New Zealander Danny Lee.
But the American duo showed their class after going to the ninth just one up and eventually ran away with the match 4 and 3.
Only one match went to the final hole as Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson led most of the way against Aussie pair Jason Day and Steven Bowditch.