CHARLOTTE — Nicely, one lesson we discovered on the primary day of the 14th Presidents Cup is that Si Woo Kim performs fairly properly when he’s indignant.
Trailing 3 down by seven holes in his match towards World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, who collectively have gained seven occasions on the PGA Tour this 12 months, Kim, of South Korea, and his companion, Cam Davis of Australia, mounted an impressed rally to stun the People, 2 up, and supply the one level for the Worldwide crew in foursomes.
A former winner of the Gamers Championship, Kim stated he was nervous early. After which he obtained irritated. After which, properly … he can let you know.
“Once we introduced our identify [on the] first gap, I used to be a bit shaking leg. I don”t have expertise a lot,” he defined. “And, yeah, saved going by 5, six … I am getting pissed off as a result of I am dropping, you recognize.”
Scheffler and Burns now know.
The comeback began with a two-putt birdie on the eighth after Davis drove the inexperienced on the 321-yard par 4. A key par save by Davis from the 13 toes on the tenth saved the Worldwide pair in it, they usually reduce the deficit to 1 gap with one other birdie on the par-5 twelfth.
Burns and Scheffler, each Presidents Cup rookies, gained the thirteenth when Scheffler birdied from 14 toes, however then the Worldwide pair ran off wins on the ultimate 4 holes to finish the inconceivable comeback. They took their first lead when Davis, making his debut, staked his method from 137 yards on the par-4 seventeenth to a few toes and Kim, who went 1-2 within the 2017 Presidents Cup, calmly brushed within the birdie to even his file.
“We did not actually have nerves coming down the ultimate 9, eight holes as a result of we have been behind and we wanted to chase, and we have been enjoying nice,” Davis stated.
“And, yeah, he [Kim] was pissed.”
The victory saved the U.S. crew from its first sweep on opening day since 2000. It additionally was a lift that perhaps the Worldwide crew can draw on within the coming days.
“Yeah, everybody type of noticed the place we have been. We already just about had that dialog behind the 18th inexperienced. Everyone seems to be tremendous pumped. We are able to do that, you recognize,” Davis added. “There’s no purpose why we won’t preserve enjoying that golf. I imply, everybody on our crew is able to the golf we performed coming down the stretch. If we will all convey it out on the similar time this week, we will actually get issues going.”
“Simply so happy with these guys,” stated Worldwide captain Trevor Immelman. “For these guys to combat again—you recognize, we all know Si Woo’s ceiling. He is gained on the highest degree. However for them to complete robust like that to eke out some extent for us actually is massive psychologically. If we obtained whitewashed at present, it will have been a tricky capsule to swallow. We have got our work reduce out for us, however like I stated, we’ll preserve going, man. We’ll preserve going till they ring the bell.”
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