With the Americans enjoying a almost insurmountable 11-1/2 to 2-1/2 lead, Mickelson's absence was not likely to be missed. Instead, that Spieth and Reed duo had to settle for a half point.
Reed began the comeback with a spectacular birdie on the par-4 15th. If Captain Nick Price doesn't want this event clinched on Saturday night, he'll need a full point here to give the rest of his team a shot in the arm. His Friday arrival will mark the 66th time the 45th President has visited one of his 17 golf clubs (and, for majority, presumably played some golf) since becoming President on January 20, 2017. Both teams bring a lot of rookies into the mix. From the left bunker, Thomas blasted out perfectly and watched it drop in for a birdie that kept the global team from cutting the deficit to 1 down.
"It sucks sitting, there's no question", Hoffman said.
The Spieth One was designed in tandem with the three-time major champion and features a number of elements that reflected his personality, style and game.
Not to pick on him, but global captain's pick Anirban Lahiri came off the bench on Friday for his first match.
The American juggernaut rolled on with Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson grabbing a win, 1 up, against Venezuala's Jhonattan Vegas and Queensland's Adam Scott. The Americans did well to keep hanging around then birdied two of the final four holes to heist this point. "We've enjoyed close personal and working relationships for 13 years and I'm very grateful that it will continue through my playing days and beyond".
After comfortably taking the day one foursomes 3.5 to 1.5 the Americans were at their mercurial best on day two, veteran Phil Mickelson putting an exclamation point on the day with a 12-foot putt for birdie at the final hole to claim a point over Marc Leishman and Jason Day.
The latter duo were ahead through two holes thanks to a birdie at the par-five second, but their opponents won five of the next seven to lead four-up at the turn.
A few breaks started to come the Americans' way on the back nine.
The Americans also had an emphatic victory in match three as Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed thumped South Korean Kim Si-woo and Argentine Emiliano Grillo 5&4.
Jason Day and Phil Mickelson shake hands after their match was halved. "It's something you're always concerned with", he said. This year, it was the "Three Amigos" dance.
Hoffman and Chappell are Presidents Cup rookies and promptly earned a point.
Oh, and winning never hurts, either. The Americans are out to another big lead in the event they haven't lost in almost two decades.
His signature Spieth One shoe has received a "Star Spangled", red, white and blue makeover. But this team I think is better still than that. The team is being captained by Steve Stricker.
Price is sending some battle-hardened teams into the fray in Saturday morning's foursomes. Be sure to follow along all day.
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