Highlights of Team USA’s LIV Presidents Cup dominance Golf Impact

Team USA took a 4-1 lead after day one of the Presidents Cup as the omission of the LIV Golf stars hit the international squad hard.

The Ryder Cup replica event is sanctioned by the PGA Tour, meaning anyone who chose to leave the traditional tours and join the Saudi rebel series was ineligible following Jay Monahan’s decision to suspend players from the United States-based circuit.

That left international captain Trevor Immelman with a worn side, bereft of Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman.

Less such firepower had much feared for the competitiveness of what is already a typically one-sided affair, and those fears look likely to be realized after the team’s dismal start away Thursday at Quail Hollow.

Immelman opted to load his pairs uphill in a bid to establish early momentum, with the duo of Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama kicking off the contest. However, that plan backfired when the former Major champions succumbed to the formidable Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay at 6&5.

The fact that the United States didn’t wipe the slate clean on day one is the only real source of optimism for the Internationals. A sea of ​​red momentum dominated proceedings in Charlotte, NC, until Si Woo Kim and rookie Cam Davis staged an unlikely late 3-down comeback to defeat Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns 2up.

In Game 2, Jordan Spieth maintained his record for flawless foursomes in the Presidents Cup, combining with Justin Thomas to defeat Sungjae Im and Corey Conners in the 17th, while in Game 3, Collin Morikawa and Cameron Young took the top on Tom Kim and KH Lee.

The final match went to the wire, but ultimately fell to the hosts when Taylor Pendrith missed 10 feet to cap a miserable day at the first tournament that appears to have been truly affected by golf’s ongoing civil war.

The fact that we are not able to marvel at some potential blockbuster matches in a venue that seems tailor-made for this format is a travesty for everyone involved, especially given the momentum created by Ernie Els and his team when the Internationals led the United States. close at Royal Melbourne three years ago.

If that was a step forward for the Presidents Cup, 2022 threatens to take two steps back as thoughts already turn to record winning margins. If Friday follows Thursday’s lead, the contest will be nearly over without ever really having started, and will only increase the pressure on the PGA Tour to soften its stance on its boisterous rival.

Presidents Cup 2022: results of the first day

Game 1: Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) defeated. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (INT), 6 and 5

Game 2: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas def. Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (INT), 2 and 1

Game 3: Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) defeated. Tom Kim/KH Lee (INT), 2 and 1

Game 4: If Woo Kim/Cam Davis (INT) beats. Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA), 2-up

Game 5: Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) def. Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (INT), 1 place

Michael C. Ford