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The Internationals did what they needed to do in Day 2 foursomes play at the Presidents Cup, but there’s a nagging question of whether the Americans may have established some momentum late in their matches on Friday at Royal Melbourne.
The U.S. went into Friday’s play with a lopsided 69-37-18 record in Presidents Cup foursomes matches and the last time the Internationals had won a foursomes session was 2005.
Yet, the Internationals managed to maintain the three-point edge they started the day with on Friday and still lead 6.5-3.5.
Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen took a 3&2 decision from Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson and Abraham Ancer and Mark Leishman beat Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson by an identical score.
It seemed, however, that the Internationals might have a wider lead, but Patrick Cantlay sunk a birdie putt on the 18th hole to clinch a 1-up win along with Xander Schauffele for the U.S. against Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin.
Playing captain Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas struck for a birdie on 18 to secure a 1-up American victory against Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An.
Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im were up by two for the Internationals on the 15th hole, but Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland recorded birdies on 16 and 17 to tie it for the Americans.
The Internationals are still in charge, but there are plenty of possibilities that could have the overall score looking considerably different after a Saturday schedule that includes four four-ball and four foursomes matches.
The day will begin with the four-ball matches, which Hadwin will sit out. Click here for the match-ups.