Presidents Cup 2017: Jordan Spieth attributes 'trust' to recent USA success

Presidents Cup 2017: Jordan Spieth attributes 'trust' to recent USA success

Presidents Cup 2017: Jordan Spieth attributes 'trust' to recent USA success

Look, the US team is going to win Sunday.

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

Only two matches won out of 18, one of them a generous four-foot concession by American Kevin Chappell on the final hole on Saturday that allowed a relieved Indian Anirban Lahiri to avoid having to make the knee-knocker in a howling wind.

Going into the final day of competition, the Americans have a 14.5 to 3.5 lead.

Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson needed to go a little deeper into the round to beat Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela in a back and forth match that the Americans win 2 and 1 by taking the 17th hole.

The point earned by the 24-year-old PGA Championship victor came as one of 3½ points for the USA, who yielded just 1½ points to its opponent Thursday. The Presidents Cup is just too one sided an event to be of any real interest.

Under the gaze of the Statue of Liberty, the United States have been domineering hosts, winning four of five four-ball matches and halving the other surging to a 8-2 lead to the delight of a giddy home crowd at Liberty National.

Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth d Louis Oosthuizen/Jason Day 2 and 1. "It's the way this team has really come together, and we recognize that this is a very similar team to what we can see for the next, you know, five to 20 years, potentially".

Although Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner didn't destroy the competition, they have done a solid job of denying the global team from getting points. 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".

In a match that was expected to be one of the most closely contested all day, Thomas and Fowler got their noses in front early and never let the South Africans back in. That's so much fun to be around.

The problem is that in the rules of match play there is a rule that states "a player must not (i) take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play or (ii) alter physical conditions with the intent of affecting the playing of a hole".

It is not a question of if, it's a question of when.

"Where are we, Royal Melbourne in two years?" he said of the next venue in Australia in 2019.

With such dominating performances across the board, it's hard to argue that this may be America's best Presidents Cup team.

Global team captain Nick Price said jokingly to Stricker at their news conference: "Tell your boys not to panic". A lot of them are friends off the course, and team events really highlight that aspect.

Though Johnson halved his Sunday singles match against Branden Grace, he did enough this week to cement his status among the world's top players.

It would be a shock if the US doesn't have the Presidents Cup clinched by the time the first three golfers finish their rounds. "It was a brutal day to play golf". Thomas should be able to handle Matsuyama, who has not been playing well in the Presidents Cup, either. All 12 matches will be played to completion, even though it is pretty clear how it will turn out. The team with more points at the end wins. He has won two matches apiece with Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar as his partners. Lahiri gave them a 1-up lead with a tough 12-foot birdie on the 16th.

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