Adam Hadwin got his first win in Presidents Cup play as the underdog International team got the fast start it wanted in Day 1 Four-ball play at Royal Melbourne on Thursday.
Playing captain Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas were the first to put a point on the board for the Americans, taking a 4&3 win against Joaquin Niemann and Marc Leishman, but it was all Internationals after that as they finished the day with a 4-1 lead.
Hadwin and Sungjae Im were tied through 15 holes with Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele before Hadwin’s par on 16 was the winning point in a 1-up decision in favour of the Internationals.
In other matches, Byeong Hun An and Adam Scott of the Internationals beat Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau 2&1, Louis Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer defeated Gary Woodland and Dustin Johnson 4&3.
C.T. Pan and Hideki Matsuyama closed out the session with a 1-up victory over Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed.