Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Internationals Lahiri, Kim make USA wait for #PresidentsCup win

Internationals Lahiri, Kim make USA wait for #PresidentsCup win

Meanwhile, Stricker smartly rolled out the duo of Spieth and Reed, who always step up when they're wearing the colors of Team USA. If they are better together, it might be because of all the money matches that they have played against each other at Old Palm Golf Club.

A group of about 40 global "fanatics" - mainly Australians and South Africans supporting the visiting team - mischievously chanted: "Justin, you've got two first names, Justin you've got two first names" as Thomas stood on the tee. "I thought after I looked up at the board and [Kevin Chappell] was 2 up with, you know, some holes to play, I thought he would have done it".

One point would see America, looking for a seventh successive title, win the trophy outright at Liberty National.

Also losing 3-and-2 was Internationals' top-ranked player Hideki Matsuyama and Jhonattan Vegas, who shot out to a three-hole advantage early in the match only to be reeled in by FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.

He examined various ways to play it from there for a few minutes, before ultimately conceding the hole to Marc Leishman in the opening singles match on the course.

Ceremonies over, it was down to golf, with the United States defending the Presidents Cup against an global team of players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe. "I hope that we close them out today and we go out there tomorrow and beat them even worse". When asked Thursday who is the more talkative, Grace laughed, and Oosthuizen, who was seated next to him, wordlessly pointed at Grace and said, "I just do whatever he tells me to do".

Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen fell 2-and-1 to world No.2 Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, despite being gifted a hole courtesy of a controversial ruling against Spieth to lead the Americans with four holes remaining. He won it on the 17th hole against Adam Hadwin.

But rather than a big stroke or long putt, the third day of the tournament was defined by a technical law book ruling that sparked an on-green argument between officials, Spieth, American assistant captain Tiger Woods and other golfers and caddys. That didn't dampen his mood.

The US had led by five points at the same stage in three prior editions, most recently in 2007.

"Not if I was one of them", Spieth cracked.

The result left the global team searching for ways to make the event more competitive heading into the 2019 instalment at Royal Melbourne in Australia. This was a snoozer.

"It was a bit of a slaughtering".

The first three matches went to the home side at Liberty National in New Jersey, but the global side's most trusted pairing ensured a whitewash would be avoided by putting blue on the board late on.

They have to wait two years to try again at Royal Melbourne.

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