United States of America on the brink of big Presidents Cup win

Posted October 01, 2017

Posted: Sep. 30, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

There wasn't much celebrating on the global side where, once again, the team finds itself in a deep hole without a ladder.

They need just one point from Sunday's 12 singles matches to secure their 10th Presidents Cup crown.

"I think it was just an oversight on his part", global captain Nick Price said.

It's not mathematically over. No, we mean which match will be the clincher, since it's almost a foregone conclusion that the Americans will win the cup for the 10th time in this, the 12th Presidents Cup.

As if Spieth needed any more motivation, he was paired up against long-time competitor Emiliano Grillo, who was named PGA Tour's rookie of the year after the 2015-16 season.

USA captain Steve Stricker will lead off with a rookie while Rickie Fowler will play the anchor match.

Price had a different idea.

"We can catch up on sleep, and we're doing one round and one round tomorrow in an alternate-shot format, it nearly feels like you're playing less golf".

Price knows there will be no panic on Sunday.

Dustin Johnson is the only U.S. player this week to have won all his four matches. I'm glad we're starting later tomorrow. It's the largest two-session lead in the history of the event and the Americans can technically clinch the cup before Sunday's singles start.

"They love being together and competing, and that's what we're saying".

The violation in question was Rule 1-2, which means a loss of hole in match play. But those were quickly dashed.

Mickelson, who has played in all 12 Presidents Cups, has 24 match victories to tie the record set by Tiger Woods in eight appearances. And with the worldwide team trailing in the other two late Saturday morning, Price voiced the downtrodden reality for his team.

Johnson and Kuchar didn't have to work very hard in this match. Kisner, 33, who played with Mickelson in all of his matches the first three days, said: "I couldn't have asked for a cooler partner, man". The momentum is swung against us. "We are thinking that he is going to come out but he has not yet confirmed, and we don't know timing or all the underlying details". These guys have played phenomenally well so far.

In an odd way, Lahiri and Kim faced pressure Saturday. The Internationals are front-loading their pairings in hopes of a miracle. But it didn't look good.

Four players - the England trio of Lee Westwood (65), Ian Poulter (65) and Ashley Chesters (66) and Sweden's Robert Karlsson (65) - were in the clubhouse at nine-under par.

"No one wants to win a hole like that", Day added. He pointed at the ball as it went into the hole.

The Internationals' only victory since the inaugural cup in 1994 was a win at Royal Melbourne in 1998. The 17th turned into a top-this drama - Hoffman holed a chip shot for birdie, then Lahiri pounded a birdie putt on top to halve the hole. Mickelson poured in his birdie putt, and Leishman missed his from about the same range. Lahiri and Kim led 1-up after the ninth. Barely. Of course, none of this wound up mattering because Spieth and Reed are on Team USA and Team USA has basically won every match this week. "They got a standing ovation when they walked in our team room tonight, which, it was fantastic". Trailing the entire match, they took the lead for the first time with a par on the 13th, only for Kim to win the 15th with a birdie to square the match. But our boys, they haven't lost their senses of humor; I can tell you that.

Well, they're not technically out.