12 December 2019 12:38
Tiger Woods provided the rare bright spots for the United States as the International Team enjoyed their best ever opening session at the Presidents Cup. The Internationals ended the day 4-1 up at Royal Melbourne – the largest lead they have ever had at the end of day one, beating the 3 and a half-1 and a half lead they had in 1998, the only time they have won the Cup, which was also in Melbourne. Woods, captaining the United States for the first time, did his best to lead by example as he and Justin Thomas delivered America's only victory, beating Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann 4 and 3. Woods made six birdies – three on the opening five holes – with the International pair never ahead. He played great," Thomas said on the PGA website. Sungjae Im and Adam Hadwin beat Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele 1up; Byeong Hun An and Adam Scott beat Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau 2 and 1; Hideki Matsuyama and CT Pan beat Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson 1up; and Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen defeated Gary Woodland and Dustin Johnson 4 and 3.
American struggles could now see Woods play more than expected over the weekend and he has already put himself in the line-up for Friday's foursomes alongside Thomas, with the pair due to face Hun An and Matsuyama. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A brief look at the opening session Thursday from the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club: MATCH OF THE DAY: Tiger Woods made six birdies as he and Justin Thomas won, 4 and 3, against Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann. SHOT OF THE DAY: Hideki Matsuyama made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole for a 1-up as he and C.T. Pan defeated Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. TIGER TALES: Woods became the first playing captain in the Presidents Cup since the first one in 1994. He won his 25th match, one short of the Presidents Cup record held by Phil Mickelson.
Adam Scott-Louis Oosthuizen; Patrick Cantlay-Xander Schauffele vs. Hideki Matsuyama-Byeong Hun An; Rickie Fowler-Gary Woodland vs. The Internationals lead at the Presidents Cup for the first time since 2005 after a dominant display on day one Internationals Lead 4-1 After Opening Day At Presidents Cup Ernie Els' International team stormed to a 4-1 lead after the opening day at the 13th Presidents Cup. USA player-captain Tiger Woods led his side out with Justin Thomas and the pair got the first and only point for the Americans with a 4&3 win over Joaquin Niemann and Marc Leishman. However, Woods then witnessed all four of his remaining teams lose as the Internationals opened up an unexpected lead. In the second match, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay's bogey on the 16th cost them the match as they lost 1 down to Adam Hadwin and Sungjae Im. Adam Scott and Ben An then defeated Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau 2&1 whilst Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen steamrolled Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland 4&3 in the final match.
"This is a long four days," Woods said. Presidents Cup 2019 Day One Results – Match 1 – Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas (U.S.) def. Marc Leishman/Joaquin Niemann (INT), 4 and 3 Match 2 – Adam Hadwin/Sungjae Im (INT) def. Match 3 – Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An (INT) def. Match 4 – Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan (INT) def. Match 5 – Abraham Ancer/Louis Oosthuizen (INT) def. Presidents Cup 2019 Day Two Matches UK Time Friday Morning- – Louis Oosthuizen/Adam Scott (International) vs. – Adam Hadwin/Joaquin Niemann (International) vs. – Marc Leishman/Abraham Ancer (International) vs. – Byeong Hun An/Hideki Matsuyama(International) vs. Justin Thomas/Tiger Woods (U.S.) For all the latest golf news, check the Golf Monthly website and follow our social media channels @golfmonthlymagazine on Facebook and @golfmonthly on Twitter and Instagram Sky Sports Golf, midnight Thursday The Internationals have never made a better start in the history of the Presidents Cup and a 4-1 advantage from the opening fourballs session at Royal Melbourne has seen the home side cut from 11-4 to 11-10. The United States got the first point on the board, courtesy of Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods cruising to a 4&3 success, but the Internationals claimed the other four points, three by narrow margins and a 4&3 romp for Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen over Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland. There are five foursomes contests on day two, then four fourballs and four foursomes on day three, before 12 singles matches on day four, so USA captain Woods will not be panicking. This is just the fourth time the Internationals have won the opening session, though, so the States are not used to playing catch-up in this competition. The action resumes at 12.02am tonight with a strong Internationals duo of Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen taking on Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar. With Johnson rusty after an injury lay-off and Kuchar teeing up for the first time this week after sitting out the fourballs, the Internationals will expect to go 5-1 up. Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay is a rock-solid foursomes pairing, who can win a point for the States against Adam Hadwin and Joaquin Niemann in the 12.15am match, then what will probably be the tightest contest of the session immediately follows. Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer take on Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. Thomas and Woods can be fancied to keep their 100 percent record by beating Byeong Hun An and Hideki Matsuyama in the 12.41pm contest, but Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler look vulnerable against Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith in the final match of the night. The seemingly fearless Im made an excellent Presidents Cup debut in the fourballs and could be the key to the Internationals moving 6.5-3.5 up going into the weekend. MELBOURNE, Australia — Ernie Els wanted to inspire his International team at the Presidents Cup, and he found the one video that might do the trick. Els is the lone person on this team, including his four assistants, who was at Royal Melbourne in 1998 for the only International victory. They took the lead after the opening session and never were challenged the rest of the way. "I watched a couple times because I love it," said C.T. Pan, one of seven rookies on the International team who certainly didn't play like one Thursday. Tiger Woods did his part, at least as a player. The first playing captain in 25 years, he opened with two birdies for a 2-up lead and finished with two more birdies as he and Justin Thomas won the opening fourballs match at Royal Melbourne.