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The Presidents Cup debuts of Canadians Corey Conners didn’t go as planned in opening day foursomes play at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday.
The United States holds a 4-1 lead over the Internationals after the first day of play that included Conners and partner Sungjae Im losing to Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas of the U.S.
“We just didn’t get off to the best start in the match. We battled back nicely, just couldn’t get the important putts to go in at the end there, but I felt like we battled hard,” said Conners of the 2&1 American win.
In other play, the American team of Tony Finau and Max Homa defeated Pendrith and Mito Pereira 1-up.
Despite the 4-1 U.S. lead, Conners says there is plenty of golf left for the Internationals to close the gap.
“I think we played pretty solid. We were in a couple tricky little spots. They were certainly ready to go from the beginning, played really solid, so yeah, they certainly didn’t give us any holes throughout the round. They were tough to beat today,” said Conners.
“I think we’re going to learn a lot from today. I think we’re going to be just as hungry to get back out there. It’s a pretty sweet feeling playing for the International squad,” he said.
All scores from Thursday foursomes are below:
Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) defeats Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (Internationals) 6&5.
Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) defeats Corey Conners/Sungjae Im (Internationals) 2&1
Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) defeated Tom Kim/K.H. Lee (Internationals) 2&1
Cam Davis/Si Woo Kim (Internationals) defeated Sam Burns/Scottie Scheffler (USA) 2-up.
Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) defeated Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (Internationals) 1-up.