Strong Start For The United States In Final Day Of Presidents Cup
The United States have made a strong start to the final-day singles to keep their Presidents Cup hopes alive at Royal Melbourne.
Trailing 10-8 and needing at least 7.5 points from a possible 12 on Sunday to win the Cup, the US were up in eight matches early on.
With all 12 matches under way, US playing captain Tiger Woods was two up on Abraham Ancer through nine holes in the opening match.
In a ding-dong battle between two unbeaten competitors this week, Ancer on three occasions hit straight back after going down a hole before successive birdies from Woods on nine and 10 earned the former world No.1 some breathing space.
Seeking his first point of a nightmare week, Patrick Reed was four up on CT Pan through nine holes and Dustin Johnson four up on Haotong Li after eight holes.
Byson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas were also leading their respective matches early on.
Hideki Matsuyama and Louis Oosthuizen were the Internationals' only leaders.
Matsuyama was four up and in command against Tony Finau, while Oosthuizen birdied his first two holes against Matt Kuchar.
The Internationals need at least 5.5 points on Sunday to win the Presidents Cup for the first time since 1998, also at Royal Melbourne.
Boasting 10 of the world's top 20 players even without injured No.1 Brooks Koepka, the US were hot favourites to win the singles session.
But no team in the event's 25-year history has ever even won the Cup after entering the final day behind.