Presidents Cup 2019: Inside the USA’s momentum-changing charge

first_imgThat would have sent the USA into the weekend trailing 9-1, but instead they rallied and finished the day behind 6.5-3.5.The turnaround could be what Tiger Woods’ team needed in its bid for an eighth straight Presidents Cup title.Patrick Cantlay-Xander Schauffele and Woods-Justin Thomas grabbed wins, while Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland halved a match they trailed for almost the entire day.We take a look at how the USA’s fightback unfolded:Day 2 is in the books.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 13, 2019Cantlay clutch to lift the USACantlay and Schauffele trailed through 14 holes against Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin, but they produced the first late rally.A birdie at the par-5 15th brought the USA level after Schauffele put an approach to 3 feet.But the big moment came at 18, where Cantlay holed a 14-footer for birdie and a key point.Huge putt by @Patrick_Cantlay.The U.S. Team gets their first point on Day 2.It’s now 6-2 in favor of the International Team.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 13, 2019Tiger, Thomas fight backWoods and Thomas were 1down through 12 in what had been a tight battle with Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An.Thomas’ approach and Woods’ 10-footer for birdie tied the match before the 2017 US PGA Championship winner stepped up big time on the last. The United States was staring at a huge deficit at the Presidents Cup before a momentum-changing final 90 minutes in Melbourne.The Internationals led all five foursomes matches not long after 14:00 local time (03:00 GMT) at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Friday. The world number four sunk a 17-foot birdie putt to get the USA another victory.CHILLS. @JustinThomas34 and @TigerWoods win their second point of the @PresidentsCup. #LiveUnderPar— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 13, 2019Fowler, Woodland respond for a halfFowler and Woodland had trailed from the opening hole against Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae and were still behind through 16.However, a birdie at the 17th tied the match as Fowler holed a 4-footer after Woodland’s superb approach, denying the Internationals a victory they looked certain to secure all day.last_img

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