Price hopeful of Presidents Cup comeback

Price hopeful of Presidents Cup comeback

The young American duo was unflappable throughout their four-ball match and helped the USA take a historic 8-2 lead through two sessions.

Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman will take on Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and Argentinian Emiliano Grillo will take on Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner, and the South African duo of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen will take on Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, United States, def. Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas, International, 3 and 2.

Internationals rookies Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim fell to five-time major victor Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner 2-and-1.

Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell cruised to a 6&5 victory over Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri on their debuts in the event.

An afternoon sweep would give the Americans the 15.5 points they need to win the biennial match play crown and make Sunday's 12 singles matches moot.

Hope remains for the worldwide side thanks to Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, who secured a hard-fought 2&1 victory over Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka.

"I think just the success we've had, you just kind of go out there and try to beat each other", Reed said of Spieth.

And, finally, fellow rookie Kevin Kisner teamed with Phil Mickelson to claw out the day's final point for Stricker, a flag that just an hour earlier seemed improbable and likely put the finishing touches on an overmatched and seemingly out-of-answers worldwide team.

The Internationals have a huge hole to climb out of if they're to win the 2017 Presidents Cup as the U.S. Team built a six point lead on Friday at Liberty National.

"Yesterday, and then again today, losing the first two matches (it) would have been great if we could have posted a point with one of the first two matches, but you know, we've just got to keep plugging along".

Having fallen two points behind after Thursday's play, the global team would have been confident of chopping down the gap a little in the fourballs on Friday.

The pep talk worked early on, as Fowler opened with birdies on two of the first four holes to grab the US duo a 1-up lead.

Birdies from Reed and Spieth on 15 and 16 respectively ensured a tie at the end of 18 holes.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Thomas holed out from a bunker on No. 14 and wound up halving the hole when it looked as though the lead would be cut to 1 up. Lahiri and Schwartzel won only one hole when both players stuffed tee shots on the par-3 10th to 3 feet.

The task won't be easy, though, as Spieth has never lost a foursomes match in the Presidents Cup (4-0-0).

Price will hope a big performance from Day and Leishman in the top match can spark something from those players following on later in the session and in the afternoon.

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