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Presidents Cup 2017: Americans hold largest-ever lead heading into Sunday

01 October 2017, 07:16 | Virginia Santiago

Presidents Cup 2017: Americans hold largest-ever lead heading into Sunday

Presidents Cup 2017: Americans hold largest-ever lead heading into Sunday

They lead 14 ½-3 ½ in a week that has produced about as much suspense as your average Harlem Globetrotters game.

Had it not been for an unlikely late 1-up win by Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim over Thursday's US darlings Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell in the final match on the golf course Saturday afternoon, those 12 singles matches on Sunday would actually be exhibition matches with zero outcome.

"We've just come up against a juggernaut of an American team that has not put a foot wrong, it seems like, in three days", said global captain Nick Price.

The act of sportsmanship saw Hoffman and Kevin Chappell lose the match to Kim and Lahiri. This is a powerful United States team playing to its potential, and the result is the biggest blowout since these matches began in 1994. McFee is a bit of legend and well-known official at this point, so it was going to be tough arguing him out of a call.

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International Captain Nick Price will need an unlikely turnaround in form from his players if the contest is to be close come Sunday. But against a powerhouse such as the US side, that will be hard.

"Once we settled in we really got things going", Fowler said. But Lahiri and Kim thwarted that. Don't be surprised if Reed and Oosthuizen play the most compelling match of the day at Liberty National. "I guess in the back of our minds, it was there, but trust me, neither of us was thinking about it coming down the stretch". Spieth returned the compliment, saying that he knows if he can get his wedge shots to within 10 feet, Reed nearly always makes the putt.

Aside from that, Saturday was all American.

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A record equalling win for Phil Mickelson helped the United States seize an unprecedented second-day lead against a floundering worldwide team at the Presidents Cup on Friday.

Kisner holed a 15-foot putt on the first hole for an early lead that the Americans gave back with a bogey on No. 3.

Woods was looking on in his role as an assistant to USA captain Steve Stricker.

While the pair of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth get most of the attention for Team USA, Johnson is actually the lone player on the squad to have won all four of his matches.

The long-hitting American duo of Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson bettered the worldwide pairing of Australia's Marc Leishman and South Africa's Branden Grace 3 and 2 to claim Team USA's third point of the afternoon session.

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka followed suit with a 3 & 2 victory. If I actually played well, we probably would have had a good shot at winning.

"I think we've got some strong teams out there tomorrow". That said, I like the South American pairing of Grillo and Vegas, a ball-striker and big-bomber, respectively. Tiger had asked McFee to re-phrase the way he was putting it over the comms line, and that's how we got to the official telling the 14-time major victor to buzz off.

Not that any of the Americans needed extra motivation.

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