JERSEY CITY, New Jersey, Sept 30 (Reuters) - The United States were poised for another Presidents Cup rout as Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed scored the first point in Saturday’s foursomes and continued to pull away from the shell-shocked Internationals.
U.S. captain Steve Stricker sent out British Open champion Spieth and Reed first and the high energy duo set the American pace at a breezy Liberty National winning four straight holes from the 12th to collect a 4&3 win over Australian duo of Jason Day and Marc Leishman.
The U.S. began the day with a commanding 8-2 lead, their biggest ever after two days of Presidents Cup competition, and quickly added to their advantage and threatened to runaway with the trophy.
The Internationals found themselves in an even deeper hole when Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar whipped Australian Adam Scott and American Matt Kuchar 4&3 in the second morning match.
So complete has been the U.S. dominance that they can clinch the Cup on Saturday and leave Sunday’s singles nothing more than dead rubbers.
With both foursomes and four-ball action scheduled for Saturday, the U.S. need to collect 7.5 from a possible eight points to quickly end the competition.
The U.S. have won nine of 11 Presidents Cups, including the last six over the International team, comprised of players from the rest of the world, except Europe.
Needing to mount an early charge to battle back into contention, the International team instead got the day off to a foreboding start when Leishman sent his opening tee shot into the creek lining the left side of the fairway in the alternate shot event, handing Spieth and Reed the 1-up lead. (Editing by Andrew Both)