CHARLOTTE, NC – The first game of the 2022 Presidents Cup featured what was on track to become a historic defeat and set the table for what was to follow Thursday at Quail Hollow Club.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele danced over International Vets Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama to the tune of a 6-and-5 win to put the first point on the board (the biggest US margin of victory is 7 and 5). From there, the United States won the next two games, both 2 and 1, before Si Woo Kim and Cam Davis defeated Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, 2 up, for the only international point of the day. Tony Finau and Max Homa also went to the 18th hole to take a 1-up win over Taylor Pendrith and Mito Pereira to seal the 4-1 Day 1 win.
While the score paints a picture of a strong day for the Americans, it wasn’t carefree as a few hitches down the back nine kept the Internationals in the mix.
So where do we go from here? Friday afternoon there are five more games, this time in the four-ball format, with each player playing their own ball and the lowest score on the hole winning.
This is how the combinations are falling apart for Day 2 of the Presidents Cup, with live TV coverage starting 90 minutes earlier than Thursday.
Friday four ball pairing
11:35 a.m. ET: Adam Scott-Cam Davis (int.) against Jordan Spieth-Justin Thomas (U.S)
11:50 a.m. ET: Sungjae Im-Sebastian Munoz (int.) against Scottie Scheffler-Sam Burns (U.S)
12:05 p.m. ET: Mito Pereira-Christiaan Bezuidenhout (int.) against Kevin Kisner-Cam Young (U.S)
12:20 p.m. ET: Hideki Matsuyama-Tom Kim (int.) against Patrick Cantlay-Xander Schauffele (U.S)
12:35 p.m. ET: Corey Conners-Taylor Pendrith (int.) against Billy Horschel-Max Homa (U.S)
On the couch
Tony Finau and Collin Morikawa will sit for the Americans, while Si Woo Kim and KH Lee will ride the pine pony for the Internationals.
How to watch, stream, listen
Friday Sept 23.
Wave Channel/Peacock: 11:30 – 18:00 ET
PGA Tour Radio: 12-18 hours ET
Presidents Cup: Americans hold onto early lead after Internationals fight back in Thursday’s foursome
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