The United States Team continued to plow forward to victory with all the subtlety of a freight train, winning of three of the four foursome (alternate shot) matches Saturday over the International Team during the morning session of Day 3 at the 12th Presidents Cup, being contested at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.
The Americans have a 11 1/2-2 1/2 points lead on the International Team heading into Saturday afternoons quartet of four-ball (select ball) matches. The United States squad needs just four points to win the Presidents Cup for the seventh consecutive time.
The American duo of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed rolled past Australian’s Marc Leishman and Jason Day, 4 and 3, in the opening match of the morning session. The match was tied at the turn before Spieth and Reed birdied the 12th and 13th holes to go 2 up. A par by the Amercians was good enough to win the 14th, and a final 8-foot birdie putt by Reed on the 15th closed out the match.
Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson’s 4 and 3 win over the Canada’s Adam Hadwin and Adam Scott of Australia was produced in a slightly different manner, with the Americans never trailing and using birdies on the seventh and ninth holes to make the turn 4 up. The International team rallied with wins on the 10th and 13th, but Kuchar’s 20-foot birdie putt provided the needed margin for victory.
Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson needed to go a little deeper into the round to beat Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela in a back and forth match that the Americans win 2 and 1 by taking the 17th hole.
The International Team managed a half-point out of the four available in the morning session when the South African duo of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen halved their match with Americans Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.