Presidents Cup 2017: Friday's four-ball pairings

Anirban Lahiri of India and the International Team plays a shot during practice rounds prior to the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City New Jersey

Anirban Lahiri of India and the International Team plays a shot during practice rounds prior to the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City New Jersey

The Americans are out to another big lead in the event they haven't lost in almost two decades.

The United States took a 3.5-1.5 lead over the global team on the opening day of the Presidents Cup as they chase a seventh consecutive title.

" I let the team down two years ago in Korea", Day admitted. Hadwin hit tee shots in the water at the par-4 fifth and par-3 seventh. "I didn't know what I was missing, " said Hoffman. "It's actually about as bad as I could have done".

Fowler added, "I like the ride going back better". Fowler made a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 3 for a 1-up lead, and the Americans never trailed.

A star-studded American team put the underdog Internationals to the sword during Friday's four-ball format, racing six points ahead in the biennial teams event to earn the biggest ever lead after two sessions.

"What's different about it is you look at the camaraderie amongst the young players and how they support each other even outside of these team events", Mickelson said.

But Reed then birdied the 15th, before Spieth birdied the following hole to bring the match all level. Daniel Berger, looking on from the side of the green, somersaulted backward in disappointment when the ball popped out.

"It's nice to see that he got a little redemption". It just held on that left side and took a dirty lipout.

Three former presidents were on hand Thursday to watch - President Bill Clinton, President George Bush and President Barack Obama.

Global captain Nick Price was philosophical, pointing out that there are plenty of points to be decided.

The birdie neutralised Oosthuizen's brilliant second shot to keep the lead at 2 then Thomas all but ended the match with a long birdie putt to go 3up at 15.

Fellow South African Charl Schwartzel handed in another disappointing effort, combining with Anirban Lahiri to be smashed 6-and-5 by Cup rookies Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell. They both missed 8-foot putts to win holes early in the match. The rout was on.

File this one under: "It happens to all of us".

The Americans had a chance to win the final match of the day but Phil Mickelson, who was paired with Kevin Kisner, missed a six-foot putt on the 18th hole that ended up halving the match with the worldwide team of Jason Day and Marc Leishman. He informed Kisner that he would say something to him if Mickelson started holding the pair back.

It was a back-and-forth day for most of the matches. We had to fight hard. A small group of devotees clad in full-body Canadian-maple-leaf spandex suits were out tailing Hadwin as things slowly turned grim. And I know the US Team knows that.

There are not expected to be any political statements this week by golfers on the 12-man USA and worldwide teams, but Monahan said he was not issuing any orders.

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