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Presidents Cup: US takes early lead

30 September 2017, 04:29 | Randolph Howard

Presidents Cup: US takes early lead

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Despite his positive spin on the result, it is the sixth consecutive time the global team has lost the opening session at the Presidents Cup.

At the most recent Cup two years ago, the United States led 4-1 after the opening foursomes, setting the foundation for a one-point overall victory despite not winning any of the final four sessions. To get nothing out of it was gutting for them. Stricker's dozen may not live up to that billing just yet, but they are closing in on something truly special.

What occurred was not that. The American lead is the largest in Presidents Cup annals following two sessions. The Aussies went cold from that point on, as they circled just one more birdie throughout the match.

Another day like this and that's what the global team will be - history.

There's still a lot of golf left to be played, but with this comfortable of a lead, the American team will feel relaxed come Sunday.

World number four Thomas, coming off a season that included a first major among five wins and the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff title, is playing in his first Presidents Cup.

They got off to the ideal start with a win at the first and went to the turn 2up and looking comfortable but the back nine again proved their undoing.

Former US Presidents Barack Obama George W. Bush and Bill Clinton kicked off the Presidents Cup tournament in New Jersey on Thursday- the first time three former presidents have attended the biennial event
Presidents Cup: US takes early lead

The Presidents Cup could have a presidential audience on Sunday as tournament officials said US President Donald Trump is considering attending.

"We are thinking that he is going to come out but he has not yet confirmed, and we don't know timing or all the underlying details".

The four-day competition pits a US team against a squad representing other parts of the world, except for Europe. Instead, that Spieth and Reed duo had to settle for a half point. "It was one I'd like to have again, but [I] gave it my best crack". The only question was whether to use it at the Presidents Cup, and as the veteran of 23 team events, Mickelson concluded it would need to be a big moment. Expect this USA duo to see the 18th hole for a third straight match. We got behind the eight-ball early with a few of our teams being two-down, three-down at the turn. "Looking back at the replay, I think we kind of nailed it, " said Mickelson, who has played all 12 Presidents Cups.

"We're only 10 points through 30", he said.

Mickelson, the only man to appear in all 12 Presidents Cups, rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to seal a 1-up victory with Kevin Kisner over Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman.

"I'm clearly the worst selfie taker", Mickelson told Golf Channel regarding his selfie with three presidents yesterday. It was bad, hilariously bad, but a fun way to end the day.

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