MELBOURNE, Australia — The Internationals produced a shocking late comeback to remain within the lead over the USA heading into the ultimate day of the Presidents Cup.
The seven-time defending champion Individuals have been on observe to comb the afternoon’s foursomes, which might have tied the Presidents Cup on Saturday. Tiger Woods’ USA was main all 4 afternoon matchups in a exceptional comeback, having ended the morning four-balls 9-5 adrift.
However Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler sensationally coughed up a 5-up lead in opposition to Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer, who triggered a dramatic end to the fourth session at Royal Melbourne Golf Membership.
By the point proceedings ended after 6 p.m. native time (2 a.m. ET), the Internationals held a 10-Eight lead heading into Sunday’s 12 singles.
No group has trailed after three classes and received the Presidents Cup; nonetheless, the USA emerged from the foursomes on a mission to create historical past.
Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland put a degree on the board for the USA through a 2 and 1 victory over Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.
A second level got here due to Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, who noticed off Im Sung-jae and Cameron Smith by the identical scoreline.
That’s when the enjoyable started. Thomas, carrying an ideal Three-Zero-Zero file, and Fowler approached the 11th tee boasting that 5-up benefit over Australian Leishman and Mexican teammate Ancer.
Leishman had not received all week, however his rally alongside Ancer energized the group throughout a memorable ending to the day’s play. After Thomas’ wild tee shot landed among the many timber, Leishman’s gorgeous method helped safe an unthinkable halve for the Internationals.
Consideration then turned to Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An, who have been 2 down by means of 13 in opposition to Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.
With captain Ernie Els watching and followers at full voice, Niemann’s good shot from the tough paved the way in which for the Internationals — and not using a Presidents Cup triumph since 1998 — to halve one other match. An did have a birdie probability to win the match however his effort slid agonizingly large of the outlet.