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12 December 2019 18:36

Getty Images 1/20 Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia One of the most famous golf courses in the world.

A Presidents Cup rivalry all but buried by decades of American dominance flickered back to life at Royal Melbourne on Thursday, as the unfancied Internationals stormed to a 4-1 lead by routing Tiger Woods' United States in the fourballs matches. Ernie Els' rookie-laden outfit played fearlessly on a gusty day at the sandbelt course as the Internationals secured a day one lead for the first time at the biennial tournament since 2003. Woods, only the second playing captain in the 25-year history of the tournament, upheld his end of the bargain, as he anchored a comprehensive 4&3 win with Justin Thomas over Australian Marc Leishman and Chilean debutant Joaquin Niemann. Download the new Indpendent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines But that was as good as it got for the US who were consistently bamboozled by Royal Melbourne's undulating greens. Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland had been branded a dream team by US media after their pairing was announced on tournament eve.

Presidents Cup 2019: Tiger Woods scores first point but Team USA slip to shock 4-1 deficit

The 20 most beautiful golf courses in the world Show all 20 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. The 20 most beautiful golf courses in the world 1/20 Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia One of the most famous golf courses in the world. Getty Images 1/20 Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia One of the most famous golf courses in the world. Getty Images 2/20 Tralee Golf Club, Co. Kerry Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Getty Images 3/20 Cave Course, Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort, South Africa The Cave Course in particular is one of the most striking courses in the world. Getty Images 4/20 The Old Course, St Andrews Renowned worldwide as "The Home of Golf". Getty Images 5/20 Oconee Course, Reynolds Plantation, Georgia Hosted the 2007 PGA Cup. Getty Images 6/20 Old Head Golf Links, Co. Cork The Old Head's unique headland reaches out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Getty Images 7/20 Doonbeg Golf Club, Co. Clare A Trump International course, but don't let that put you off. Getty Images 8/20 Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West, California PGA West boasts six legendary golf courses, with the Arnold Palmer Private Course particularly striking. Getty Images 9/20 Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, New Zealand One of New Zealand's finest courses. Getty Images 10/20 Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, New Zealand The Tom Doak designed course regularly features in top 100 golf courses in the world. Getty Images 11/20 Thracian Cliffs Golf Course, Bulgaria A Gary Player Design signature course. Getty Images 12/20 Banff Springs Golf Course, Canada A stunning course located under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle. Getty Images 13/20 Royal Aberdeen Golf Club The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club claims to be the sixth oldest golf club in the world. Getty Images 14/20 Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Switzerland A striking course in the shadow of the Alps. Getty Images 15/20 Whistling Straits, Wisconsin Has hosted the PGA Championship three times. Getty Images 16/20 Liberty National Golf Club, New Jersey Boasts stunning views of the New York City skyline. Getty Images 17/20 Pebble Beach Golf Links, California Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Getty Images 18/20 Corales Golf Club, Dominican Republic Designed along natural cliffs, bays and ocean coves. Getty Images 19/20 Kingsbarns Golf Club Stages The Alfred Dunhill Links along with the Old Course. Getty Images 20/20 Spyglass Hill Golf Course, California Part of the world famous Pebble Beach Company. Getty Images But they walked off 4&3 losers after a thrashing by South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and Mexican debutant Abraham Ancer. Home hero Adam Scott and South Korea's An Byeong-hun made it 2-1 for the hosts when Scott rolled in a six-foot putt for par on the 17th, clinching a 2&1 win over Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau. Canada's Adam Hadwin and South Korean Im Sung-jae stretched the lead further with a hard-fought 1-up win against Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay. A banner day for the Internationals was complete on the 18th hole, when Patrick Reed missed a long putt to halve the hole and concede a second 1-up win to the east Asian duo of Hideki Matsuyama and CT Pan. Reuters