USA extend Presidents Cup lead – PGA of Australia

Australians Adam Scott and Cam Davis suffered defeat on day two of the Presidents Cup as the United States continued to retreat to what looks like an inevitable victory in the team competition at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, in North Carolina.

Scott, playing in his 10th Presidents Cup, came out alongside Cam Davis against the USA team of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth and the Australian duo quickly fell behind.

In the end, they were down 2 and 1 when Spieth made a three-yard birdie putt on the 17th green.

Veteran Scott lost both matches in the first two days, while Davis won his opening foursome match alongside South Korean Si Woo Kim.

Thomas birdied in the fourth and fifth to put the Americans in the lead and they never gave up the lead. The Australians only won two holes, the ninth with a birdie from Scott, and the 16th with a birdie from Davis, who nonetheless acquitted himself well from his debut.

USA lead 8-2 after day two, needing just seven more points to retain the cup.

Trevor Immelman’s side, decimated by the suspension of players including Cameron Smith who joined the LIV series, now face the prospect of being out of action early on the final day when all 12 players face off in singles play.

The Internationals lost 19-11 at Jersey City in 2017 and 20-12 in 1994 at Washington, but this event could be even more lopsided.

Sungjae Im inspired a mini comeback late on day two and the Internationals managed to level two of five games, but the general mood was encapsulated by American Max Homa burying a birdie putt from just over three yards at 18 to win the last game for the home team.

There are eight points available tomorrow, with morning foursomes followed by four balls.

Michael C. Ford