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Aussies Fight Hard But US In Control at Presidents Cup

01 October 2017

Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are arguably to the two best all-around players on the team.

At one point of the day the global team led three of the five matches and looked likely to haul itself back into the contest.

Another International team member who had a day to forget was India's Anirban Lahiri, who was disqualified from playing the third hole after taking a practice shot out of the bunker at the second. 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".

Day and Leishman led by one hole going into the 15th, and that's where the Americans tied it up. Wouldn't want to do it with anyone else other than my dude right here.

It's a very, very strong team and we can't make a lot of mistakes.

Be sure to keep it locked here at PGN for more President's Cup stories. But someone clearly forgot to relay that message to Thomas, who repeatedly displayed that competitive fire on Friday. This is going to be a tough team to beat. However, Rule 1-3 says players can not mutually agree to waive any rule or penalty, so the ruling stood, even as Tiger Woods and the other players asked the referee for a better explanation or to change the ruling. "We need to be focused, stay to what we are doing'".

Matsuyama said that Hadwin had carried him on the back nine, as the worldwide duo surrendered a two-up lead over the final four holes. The Americans almost won that one, too, except that Spieth narrowly missed birdie putts on the last two holes.

Mickelson again came up trumps on the Presidents Cup stage, all square before a clutch birdie on the 18th from the veteran stole the match from the Aussie's 1up.

But on both occasions, Oosthuizen and Grace held firm, knocking in a pair of 6-foot-8 birdie putts to stay within two holes.

KEY STATISTIC: There were 16 holes won on the back nine - 13 by the Americans.

Unfortunately, their best performed player over the past two years, Hideki Matsuyama, is one of them, despite earning today's half point alongside Adam Hadwin.

But Reed then birdied the 15th, before Spieth birdied the following hole to bring the match all level. Much like the Spieth/Reed combination, Fowler and Thomas can be a team to be reckoned with for years to come.

There are four foursomes matches followed by four four-ball matches tomorrow, and then 12 singles matches on Sunday.

"I think we saw the strength of the USA team come out today but in all fairness to my guys, I don't think they played as well as they were capable of", said worldwide captain Nick Price, who was refusing to wave the white flag.

Aussies Fight Hard But US In Control at Presidents Cup