MELBOURNE, Australia — United States captain Tiger Woods roared in a scintillating show and Justin Thomas was below no illusions who impressed the pair’s victory on the Presidents Cup.
Thomas took a again seat within the opening four-ball matchup on Thursday as Woods birdied six holes in opposition to Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann for a Four and three win.
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After birdieing his first two holes on Day 1 of the 13th Presidents Cup in Melbourne, 15-time main champion Woods sensationally chipped in for birdie on the fifth.
Woods’ masterclass continued with additional birdies on holes 11, 14 and 15 to safe the primary level at Royal Melbourne Golf Membership.
Thomas hailed the red-hot efficiency, with the USA eyeing an eighth consecutive Presidents Cup triumph.
“He performed nice immediately. It is no coincidence why we gained,” Thomas mentioned after the win. “He actually carried me on the market, and you already know, it was a troublesome day on the market, and to have as many birdie putts as he had on a pair holes was the rationale we gained the match.”
Thomas added: “Tiger was working so effectively between the 2 of us immediately. He performed nice. I imply, I simply did not actually make the most of the alternatives, however that is what you’ve gotten a companion for.
“It was superior. It is good realizing once I step up on a par-Three or a par-Four that I be happy simply because I do know he is enjoying effectively, and he did.”
Earlier than taking up his captain obligations, together with his participant portion carried out, Woods mentioned: “Nicely, it was essential for us and the USA.
“J.T. and I went on the market and partnered up effectively. Bought off to a fast begin and obtained up on them early, and sort of held on from there.”