2022 Presidents Cup scores, outcomes, standings: United States doubles lead as Individuals roll once more on Day 2

September 24, 2022

The 2022 Presidents Cup is successfully over, and it has been for some time. And but, even with the U.S. main the Worldwide crew 8-2 after two days of play, Friday afternoon’s four-ball motion at Quail Hole Golf Membership was about as a lot enjoyable as golf will get.

That is the ability of crew golf, and nowhere was it extra apparent than within the ultimate match on the course. Max Homa and Billy Horschel beat Taylor Pendrith and Corey Conners 1 UP to close down Friday’s matches, and Homa hit the Canadians with a one-two cross that none of them will overlook for a protracted, very long time.

With 4 matches within the books and the Presidents Cup nowhere close to doubtful (the U.S. is now a -10,000 favourite to win its ninth in a row), Homa despatched the engraver to work with the 3-3 closing kick of his life and two emphatic fist pumps in entrance of — as he famous afterward — 10 of the perfect golfers he is ever seen in his life.

What makes crew golf so particular, and why does even a rout engender drama? Why do I’ve chills on the Friday afternoon of a blowout? It is a million-dollar (or hundred-million-dollar) query that does not have a selected or clear-cut reply. The brief response: As a result of gamers so not often get to have a good time with anybody aside from their caddies, a purple, white and blue enveloping feels much less just like the small circle it’s and extra like a ticker tape parade in entrance of lots of people you care about immensely.

The longer reply might be quite a bit deeper and extra sophisticated.

Regardless, Homa and Co. aren’t reflecting on any of that proper now because the Individuals take an 8-2 lead (tied for his or her largest ever after two days) into Saturday’s eight matches after which on into Sunday singles. Davis Love III’s crew will try to eclipse its report of 19 factors scored again in 2017 after the matches moved from 34 complete factors to 30. Although that quantity is up within the air, whether or not the US wins isn’t.

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Nonetheless, there can be a handful extra moments identical to the one Homa skilled on the 18th inexperienced at Quail Hole on Friday, and it is going to be a delicate reminder that crew golf — at this stage and on this manner — has all the time been undefeated. It is onerous to think about that ever altering.

Here’s a breakdown of every match from Day 2 on the 2022 Presidents Cup.

2022 Presidents Cup scores, outcomes

United States: 8 | Worldwide: 2

Day 2 — 4-ball — United States: 4 | Worldwide: 1

1

Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas

2&1

Adam Scott & Cameron Davis

2

Scottie Scheffler & Sam Burns

TIED

Sungjae Im & Sebastian Munoz

3

Cameron Younger & Kevin Kisner

TIED

Mito Pereira & C. Bezuidenhout

4

Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele

3&2

Hideki Matsuyama & Tom Kim

5 Billy Horschel & Max Homa 1 UP Corey Conners & Taylor Pendrith

Match 1: Spieth/Thomas 2&1 over Scott/Davis

A gradual begin was finally the demise of the Australian partnership. With just one birdie between the 2 of them via eight holes, the Worldwide crew discovered themselves 3 Down early. Across the flip, the standard of golf bought ratcheted up as birdie after birdie was made.

Scott trimmed to result in 2 Down with a par breaker on the par-4 ninth after which the 2 groups traded birdies on the following three holes — drawing no blood. The Individuals discovered themselves 7 beneath on their very own ball via 13 and added to the whole when Thomas hit one of many photographs of the week when he practically aced the par-3 14th.

Extending their result in 3 UP, a gutsy par from Spieth on the fifteenth put this match dormie earlier than an emphatic birdie from his blade closed the match out on the seventeenth. With the win, Thomas grew to become the primary participant in Presidents Cup historical past to start his fourball profession 5-0-0.

Match 2: Burns/Scheffler TIED Munoz/Im

This was simply the match of the afternoon as birdies had been flying. Burns bought the occasion began when he linked from 80 ft for eagle on the par-5 seventh. He added a birdie on the ninth after which one other on the tenth to command a 2 UP lead as he and Scheffler performed their first 10 holes in 5 beneath.

It was solely then that the true fireworks started. Im and Munoz tried their damnedest to attract even however had been met at each flip by the American duo. The internationals performed Nos. 11-16 in 6 beneath — chipping in and pulling all of the rabbits out of their hats — however had been solely in a position to decide up one gap.

The tides lastly turned when each Burns and Scheffler discovered bother on the seventeenth and allowed the internationals to tie the match. With pars from Scheffler and Im on the closing gap, the second match resulted in a tie.

Match 3: Younger/Kisner TIED Bezuidenhout/Pereira

Neither crew commanded a lead higher than 1 UP all through the afternoon. Feeling one another out, consecutive birdies from the internationals across the flip noticed them seize the lead heading into the again 9. They held onto it earlier than a bogey on the par-3 14th allowed the U.S. to tie the match. Regardless of some late drama, it remained this fashion till the top and resulted within the second tie of Day 2.

Match 4: Cantlay/Schauffele 3&2 over Matsuyama/Kim

Kim’s American identify could also be a reference to a prepare, however the one one on this match was the runaway model of Cantlay and Schauffele. After throttling Scott and Matsuyama on Day 1, the 2 had been at it once more in four-ball. An ideal recipe of ham and egg, Schauffele linked on a pair of birdies earlier than giving strategy to Cantlay.

Highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 seventh, the U.S. as soon as once more led 4 UP via seven as they did on Thursday. This time, they left little doubt as one other birdie on the eighth suffocated Kim and Matsuyama earlier than the quartet even made the flip. The Worldwide facet caught a breath late within the again 9 with wins on Nos. 14-15 however delayed their inevitable defeat.

After going 0-2-0 in four-ball at Royal Melbourne, Cantlay and Schauffele notched their first victory collectively on this format within the Presidents Cup.

Match 5: Horschel/Homa 1 UP over Conners/Pendrith

The tv broadcast referred to as this match a “pillow combat” and I’ve no qualms with that evaluation for the entrance 9. The Individuals made six straight pars out of the gate, and it was sufficient to garner a 2 UP lead early. They took that actual margin into the again half the place it disappeared courtesy of Conners’ birdies on the par-4 eleventh and par-4 thirteenth.

After exchanging birdies on the par-5 sixteenth, the primary massive second of the match occurred on the seventeenth inexperienced. With Pendrith’s birdie bid lipping out, Homa stepped up and transformed his look from 13 ft with Horschel cheering on.

It felt as if that alone can be adequate to safe a U.S. full level, however Pendrith had different concepts. With the highlight on the ultimate match on the 18th inexperienced, the massive Canadian delivered a uncommon birdie, solely to be matched moments later by Homa. The California child completed birdie-birdie to safe a second consecutive 4-1 session victory and an 8-2 lead for the Individuals — matching the most important margin via two classes within the historical past of the Presidents Cup.