The Internationals stayed ahead in the second session at the Presidents Cup, but the United States salvaged 2.5 points to shift the momentum in Melbourne.

Ernie Els' Internationals threatened to sweep all five foursomes at one stage on Friday before defending champions the USA rallied to win two of the final three matchups.

Clutch birdies from Patrick Cantlay and Justin Thomas ensured Tiger Woods' team ended the day only 6.5 - 3.5 adrift at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Only once in history has a team come from behind after two sessions to win the Presidents Cup – the USA in 2005 when they trailed 6.5 - 5.5 and won 18.5 - 15.5 in Virginia.

Leading 4-1 following Thursday's four-ball, the Internationals looked on track to secure another four points in their bid to claim a first Presidents Cup title since 1998.

After Dustin Johnson's flawless foursomes record at the Presidents Cup was ended in a 3 and 2 loss alongside Matt Kuchar against Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen, the Internationals stretched their lead to 5-1.

While another 3 and 2 victory – this time for Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman over Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson – secured one more point for the International team, Cantlay's late heroics inspired a USA fightback.

The clash between Cantlay/Xander Schauffele and Joaquin Niemann/Adam Hadwin was tied from the 15th hole until the former birdied the par-four 18th.

That sensational 1up win had a knock-on effect for seven-time reigning champions the USA as captain Woods and Thomas added another point in dramatic fashion.

Level through 17 against Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An, Woods set up Thomas for the chance to win the match and he held his nerve to drain a memorable long-range birdie – sparking celebrations.

That result saw 15-time major champion Woods equal Phil Mickelson's record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup with 26.

With the USA on a roll, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland also battled in the fifth and final contest to halve their match against Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae.

Fowler and Woodland had trailed from the opening hole but a clutch birdie putt – set up by Woodland's approach – tied things up through 17 against Smith and Im before pars at the last.

The Internationals are on track to extend their advantage against the United States in the foursomes at the Presidents Cup.

Already leading 4-1, the Internationals are projected to score another four points as Ernie Els' red-hot team continued to impress in alternate shot on Friday.

Up against a formidable USA roster – led by playing captain Tiger Woods – the odds have been stacked against the Internationals, who last won the Presidents Cup in 1998.

But thanks to a dominant display in Thursday's four-ball, the International team are daring to believe at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Of the five matches in progress, the Internationals lead four thanks to Adam Scott/Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer/Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama/Byeong Hun An and Cameron Smith/Im Sung-jae.

Only once in history has a team come from behind after two sessions to win the Presidents Cup – the USA in 2005 when they trailed 6.5 - 5.5 and won 18.5 - 15.5 in Virginia.

The Melbourne greens were merciless on Friday but the Internationals have had no trouble negotiating the course, with Australian Smith – drafted in after sitting out day one – teaming up with Im to help the challengers go 2up through seven holes against Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland.

Former world number one Scott and Oosthuizen had been 2down after seven holes but rallied to go 1up through 11.

Woods and Thomas were the only pairing to score a point for the USA on Thursday, thanks to the former's masterclass, which included six birdies in the four-ball.

A 15-time major champion, Woods continued to stay hot however that matchup had An and Matsuyama 1up heading to the ninth hole.

In a tight session, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele have flown the flag for the USA – leading Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin 1up after 10.

Tiger Woods led by example in the opening session but the United States have work to do against the Internationals on day two of the Presidents Cup.

Woods delivered in front of an appreciative Melbourne crowd on Thursday, the USA captain roaring to lead him and team-mate Justin Thomas past Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann in the four-ball.

It was a Woods masterclass in the opening match, however, it was the USA's only point on a stunning day for the International team – who raced out to a 4-1 lead at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

All eyes will be on Woods and seven-time defending champions the USA on Friday as the Internationals hold their largest lead after the first session in Presidents Cup history.

Playing in a foursomes format in the second session, USA pair Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar will get proceedings underway against Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott.

Former world number one and 2016 U.S. Open champion Johnson has never lost a foursomes match in the Presidents Cup.

Woods and Thomas will combine again in the fourth match of the day, facing off with Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An.

Tiger Woods roared but he and the United States were upstaged by the Internationals in a stunning start to the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

Woods cruised to victory alongside Justin Thomas but the four-ball format belonged to Ernie Els' team, who took a 4-1 lead on Thursday.

The Presidents Cup has been dominated by the USA, who entered the 13th edition at Royal Melbourne Golf Club having won seven successive titles.

Not since 1998, when the event was last staged in Melbourne, have the Internationals topped the United States.

But the International team have boosted their chances of dethroning the USA thanks to Louis Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer – who set the tone before Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An, Adam Hadwin/Im Sung-jae and Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan followed suit.

With Port Phillip Bay nearby, players and fans were greeted by cool and overcast weather, instead of summer conditions, at the start of play.

While the weather was cold, USA captain Woods was red hot as the 15-time major champion produced a masterclass alongside good friend Thomas against Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.

Woods had six individual birdies - including back-to-back to begin his four-ball matchup and a chip for birdie on the fifth hole - to give the USA a 4 and 3 victory in the opening clash.

It was the USA's first and only point of the day as the Internationals made a dream start - South African Oosthuizen and Mexican Ancer the highlight as the sun eventually broke through the clouds.

Oosthuizen and Ancer put former world number one Dustin Johnson and his partner Gary Woodland to the sword in a comprehensive 4 and 3 win.

Johnson's woes were headlined by a missed eagle putt on 11, which would have reduced the deficit to two and generated some sort of momentum.

Australian star Scott also had the locals cheering courtesy of his 2 and 1 triumph alongside An against Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau, while Hadwin and Im went 1up over Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

Embroiled in controversy pre-Presidents Cup, public enemy number one Patrick Reed was silenced by defeat and heckles on Thursday.

Reed was penalised two shots for improving his lie in a bunker, hitting the sand twice during his practice swings at last week's Hero World Challenge, sparking claims of cheating.

Fans poked fun at Reed amid a chorus of boos as he teed off in Melbourne and he was unable to have the last laugh, the 2018 Masters champion - partnered with Webb Simpson - missing a birdie putt which would have halved the match against Matsuyama and Pan.

United States captain Tiger Woods roared in a scintillating display and Justin Thomas was under no illusions who inspired the pair's victory at the Presidents Cup.   

Thomas took a backseat in the opening four-ball matchup on Thursday as Woods birdied six holes against Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann for a 4 and 3 win.

After birdieing his first two holes on day one of the 13th Presidents Cup in Melbourne, 15-time major champion Woods sensationally chipped in for birdie on the fifth.

Woods' masterclass continued with further birdies on holes 11, 14 and 15 to secure the first point at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Thomas hailed the red-hot performance, with the USA eyeing an eighth consecutive Presidents Cup triumph.

"He played great today. It's no coincidence why we won," Thomas said after the win. "He really carried me out there, and you know, it was a tough day out there, and to have as many birdie putts as he had on a couple holes was the reason we won the match."

Thomas added: "Tiger was working so well between the two of us today. He played great. I mean, I just didn't really take advantage of the opportunities, but that's what you have a partner for. 

"It was awesome. It's nice knowing when I step up on a par three or a par four that I feel free just because I know he's playing well, and he did."

Before taking on his captain responsibilities, with his player portion done, American superstar Woods said: "Well it was important for us and the USA.

"J.T. and I went out there and partnered up well. Got off to a quick start and got up on them early, and kind of held on from there."

Tiger Woods showcased his quality but the United States have work to do against the International team at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.    

All eyes have been on USA captain Woods, who has basked in the limelight in the four-ball format on day one at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Woods birdied his opening two holes and three of five to help put the USA 3up through 14 alongside Justin Thomas against Australian favourite Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.

A 15-time major champion, Woods - who has managed five birdies so far - produced a moment for the highlight-reel when he sensationally chipped in for birdie on the fifth hole on Thursday.

However, the USA - seeking an eighth straight Presidents Cup crown - have not had it all their own way against Ernie Els' Internationals.

Of the five matches, the Internationals lead three against the USA in overcast conditions.

Louis Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer are 3up over stars Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland through nine holes.

With a strong South African presence around the course, Oosthuizen's three birdies have helped set the pace in the fifth match.

Adam Scott/An Byeong-hun and Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan are 2up for the Internationals, who have not won the Presidents Cup since it was held in Melbourne in 1998.

Former world number one Scott - buoyed by strong local support - and An have enjoyed success against Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau, never trailing the American duo.

The same goes with Matsuyama and Pan, who are also 2up against 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson.

Meanwhile, the Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay versus Adam Hadwin/Im Sung-jae match is tied after 12 holes.

United States captain Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas made a strong start as the Presidents Cup got underway on a cold and overcast morning in Melbourne.

Woods purred at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where the 15-time major champion birdied his opening two holes to put the USA 2up against the International team on Thursday.

There was plenty of colour and noise as fans descended on the opening tee, with a group of USA supporters - including a man dressed up as a tiger - belting out a rendition of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

Woods and team-mate Thomas did not miss a beat in the opening four-ball contest against Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.

Seeking an eighth consecutive Presidents Cup triumph, Woods set the tone with back-to-back birdies in a flawless start to the day.

Patrick Reed - embroiled in penalty controversy entering the tournament - and Dustin Johnson are among the USA players in action on day one, while Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen are among the Internationals flying the flag for Ernie Els' team.

Tiger Woods had "zero hesitation" in picking himself to start the United States' bid to retain the Presidents Cup along with Justin Thomas.

Captain Woods and Thomas will come up against International duo Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.in the first of five four-ball matches at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Thursday.

Woods has an impressive 24-15-1 record in the competition but is 7-9-0 in the four-ball format.

The 15-time major champion is determined to lead by example and get his side off to a strong start as they attempt to win the event for an eighth time in a row.

"There was zero hesitation here." Woods said when asked about his selection.

"I think from our side, we had a game plan [of] who we wanted to start out, and we were committed to putting Justin and myself out there, and that's who we’re rolling with."

The Masters champion added: "Having my responsibility as a player, I want to get out there and play with Justin, but also as a captain, I want to see my guys play."

Woods has no concerns about the fitness of Dustin Johnson, who will play competitively for the first time since undergoing knee surgery as he teams up with Gary Woodland to face Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen.

"More than anything with DJ, it’s just making sure that he recovered from the flight," said Woods.

"He’s feeling good. He's worked out each and every day we’ve been here. He was chomping at the bit to get out there."

Heavy rain forced the second round of the Zozo Championship to be postponed, organisers announced on Friday.

Officials made the decision to push the start of the second round back to Saturday due to forecasts of bad weather throughout the day in Chiba, Japan.

The second round is scheduled to get underway between 06:30 and 08:30am local time at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where Tiger Woods is tied for the lead.

"The golf course has already taken on 4/10s of an inch of rain, so it has actually reached the point of saturation and it's become unplayable," said vice-president of rules and competitions Gary Young.

"With more rain in the forecast and three to five inches of rain for the day, we thought the right decision was to call play for the day."

Woods delivered a masterclass on Thursday as the 15-time major champion earned a share of the lead after the opening round.

American superstar Woods – featuring at the first official PGA Tour tournament held in Japan – rode a birdie spree to card a stunning six-under-par 64 and join Gary Woodland atop the leaderboard.

Woods endured a nightmare start in Japan, where the former world number one found water after his opening tee shot.

Another shot went into the trees as Masters champion Woods was left reeling at three over through just three holes.

However, Woods – who underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August – produced a remarkable recovery, making nine birdies over the ensuing 15 holes to catapult himself up the standings.

Tiger Woods delivered a masterclass as the 15-time major champion earned a share of the lead after round one at the Zozo Championship.

American superstar Woods rode a birdie spree to card a stunning six-under-par 64 and join Gary Woodland atop the leaderboard on Thursday.

Featuring at the first official PGA Tour tournament held in Japan, Woods endured a nightmare start at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where the former world number one found water after his opening tee shot.

Another shot went into the trees as Masters champion Woods was left reeling at three over through just three holes in Inzai, Chiba.

However, Woods, who underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, produced a remarkable recovery, making nine birdies over the ensuing 15 holes to catapult himself up the standings.

"I certainly was not expecting to shoot six under after that start,'' said Woods following his career-low season-opening round. "That was a very ugly start.

"To be able to flip it like that, I felt if I could get to under par for that, I figure most of the guys would be about two, three under par with the wind blowing as hard as it was today, that I wouldn't be that far behind. It flipped and I got hot and made a bunch of putts.''

Woods and fellow American Woodland held a one-shot lead over Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who birdied the last to reduce the deficit heading into day two of the inaugural event, while Daniel Berger, Sung Kang and Ryan Palmer were tied at three under.

Justin Thomas – fresh off his CJ Cup triumph in South Korea last week – posted an even-par 70.

Thomas had three birdies and as many bogeys to be in an eight-way tie for 25th, alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia and Danny Lee.

It was a tough start for four-time major winner and FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, who shot a 72 to be eight shots off the pace, while Jason Day was a stroke worse off at three over and Jordan Spieth stood four over.

Justin Thomas claimed his second CJ Cup trophy after reigning supreme in South Korea on Sunday.

American star Thomas carded a five-under-par 67 in the final round to triumph by two strokes on Jeju Island.

Playing outside of the United States, where Thomas won the PGA Tour tournament in 2017, the former world number one withstood a duel with runner-up Danny Lee.

Thomas entered the final day tied for the lead alongside South Korean-born New Zealander Lee (69) at Nine Bridges Golf Club.

The pair continued to go toe-to-toe during the final 18 holes, sharing the lead down the stretch, but back-to-back bogeys at the 15th and 16th dashed Lee's hopes.

Thomas birdied three holes on the back nine, capping his triumphant performance with another birdie at the last to finish 20 under for his 11th Tour crown.

Hideki Matsuyama (65), Gary Woodland (66) and Cameron Smith (69) finished in a share of third position, five shots adrift of Thomas.

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth was unable to maintain his charge following a final-round 71.

Spieth had four bogeys to go with five birdies as he fell four positions into a tie for eighth – eight shots off the pace.

Meanwhile, American veteran Phil Mickelson (68) ended the event tied for 31st, a shot ahead of former world number one Jason Day (71).

Danny Lee moved into a joint lead with Justin Thomas after round three of the CJ Cup in South Korea.

South Korean-born New Zealander Lee was in a tie for second place with first round leader An Byeong-hun at Nine Bridges overnight and enjoyed a remarkable final hole swing on day three to draw level with Thomas.

The American was moving towards an 11th PGA Tour win midway through the round when Lee double-bogeyed hole 10 and local hope An triple-bogeyed at the 11th.

But Thomas bogeyed the last and Lee capitalised with superb eagle on the par-five 18th to complete a three-shot turnaround and cap a round of 68, ending the day with momentum.

The pair sit at 15 under par with one round remaining, three shots clear of Australian Cameron Smith, with Jordan Spieth and Wyndham Clark tied for fourth and a shot further from the pace.

Elsewhere, Ian Poulter made two eagles on the back nine to spring into contention at nine under while Viktor Hovland's tour record streak of 19 consecutive sub-70 scores ended with a two-over 74.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka pulled out of the event with a knee injury on Friday.

Justin Thomas earned a two-stroke lead with a sizzling performance at the halfway stage of the CJ Cup in South Korea on Friday.

American star Thomas used a bogey-free nine-under-par 63 to surge to the top of the leaderboard following the second round.

Thomas started his day with four successive birdies and finished with nine in total, including one at the last as he catapulted himself eight positions into the lead at 13 under through 36 holes.

Winner of the PGA Tour tournament – which is being played outside of the United States this year – in 2017, Thomas leads An Byeong-hun and Danny Lee heading into the third round.

Local hope An (69) and New Zealand's Lee (66) are tied for second at the Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju Island.

An carried a one-shot lead into the second round but the South Korean lost his spot at the front of the queue following two bogeys and five birdies, while Lee improved to 11 under but he could have ended the day a stroke better off if not for a bogey at the 18th.

Emiliano Grillo (66) and former world number one Jordan Spieth (65) are four shots off the pace ahead of Saturday's penultimate round.

Spieth was a big mover at the CJ Cup, with the three-time major champion climbing 25 positions into a tie for fourth, thanks in part to back-to-back birdies to end the day.

The American almost aced the 17th after his tee shot fell just short of the hole, highlighting a fine display from Spieth.

Jason Day struggled as the Australian's second-round 73 saw him drop down to five under, while defending champion Brooks Koepka also had a round to forget.

Looking to defend his title, Koepka was unable to back up his opening-round 69 after shooting a three-over-par 75 – a round that included five bogeys and left him even par.

Tiger Woods should select himself as a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup provided he is fit to play, says Justin Thomas.

Fitness woes in the backend of the season, including surgery to repair knee cartilage in August, hindered Woods, who is due to return at this month's ZOZO Championship in Japan.

Woods failed to gain automatic selection for the biennial Presidents Cup, which pits the United States against an international team not including European players.

The 15-time major champion can still feature, though, by naming himself among four wildcard selections, a scenario Ryder Cup team-mate Thomas is backing.

"I think if he's healthy and playing well, I mean, I'll take him 100 times out of 100," Thomas said in quotes reported by Sky Sports. 

"I think he knows his body and knows himself well enough to make that decision.

"He's asked me about it and I've told him that exact same thing. For him, it's all about health, and for anybody. They need to make sure their game is ready and their body is ready because it's not just something that you do just to do.

"If he's going to pick himself, he's only going to do it if he's ready and he's playing well. So I guess we'll just have to wait and see." 

Several players are vying for a pick, with Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland among them, and Thomas says Woods has been conversing with players already on the team over who should get the nod.

"[Woods] has reached out to all of us on the team about what we think and what we want," Thomas added. "It is kind of a different year, but that being said, it's not a bad thing, it's a good thing.

"It shows how deep our team is and how many great players we truly have with the chance and the possibility of having on the team playing. He's going to make the right decisions."

Cameron Champ earned a commanding three-stroke lead after the third round of the Safeway Open.

American Champ carded a five-under-par 67 in the penultimate round at Silverado Country Club on Saturday.

Winner of last year's Sanderson Farms Championship, Champ – seeking his second PGA Tour title – was flawless as he holed five birdies in Napa, California.

Champ improved to 14 under through 54 holes, ahead of last week's Sanderson Farms Championship winner Sebastian Munoz (67), Adam Hadwin (67) and Nick Taylor (70).

Justin Thomas – winner of the 2017 FedEx Cup and US PGA Championship – is a stroke further back following his one-under-par 71.

Thomas was among five players tied for third heading into day three, however, the American star was unable to maintain that charge.

A second 71 saw Thomas fall into a tie for fifth alongside Chez Reavie (69), Collin Morikawa (70) and Nick Watney (72), who was two shots off the pace at the start of the round.

Overnight leader Bryson DeChambeau endured a forgettable round as he slid down the leaderboard following a four-over-par 76.

A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau held a two-stroke lead when he teed off but the American had a double bogey and two bogeys to be six shots adrift.

Page 4 of 4
© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.