Team USA continues dominant run in Presidents Cup


The two captains of the squad were Steve Stricker (United States) and Nick Price (Zimbabwe), neither of whom were playing.

"I think these guys who are going to be on the team for decades to come really lay a solid foundation for the U.S. teams".

The International team's last victory came at Royal Melbourne in 1998 and they earned a tie at Fancourt in 2003, but have lost the other nine matches.

"Since then I've been trying to find another shaft and head to go together", he said. "Obviously playing for less points, I still say would benefit us".

"I think it was just an oversight on his part", said global captain Nick Price.

"And when a player tells you that, he's basically telling you, 'sit me out tomorrow".

Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman - two Presidents Cup rookies - set the tone for the United States, thumping Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri 6 & 5 in the first match to finish.

The appearance was Trump's second at a golf tournament this year; the president attended the U.S. Women's Open, which was hosted by Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, back in July.

The U.S., led by unbeaten Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, prevailed 19-11 to claim the cup for the 10th time in 12 stagings of the biennial event.

So complete has been the United States dominance that they can clinch the Cup on Saturday, leaving Sunday's singles nothing more than dead rubbers.

After two relatively simple victories, they will go up against the worldwide squad of Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace - the best tandem for the opposition who get a shot at redemption after losing to the Americans on Friday.

With the Americans taking a commanding 8-2 lead through two days at the Presidents Cup, is there anything left to watch for?

Johnson and Kuchar remained unbeaten as a tandem, improving to 3-0-1, and they needed some of their best golf in such tough conditions.

"We like to play against each other, even though it's just for 10 or 20 dollars, it's a lot of fun", Oosthuizen said.

Asked if he knew that a win for Internationals in the match would extend the event into Sunday, Lahiri said, "Well, you know, we knew that the day, the whole day, for that matter, has not gone well". "I think every one of my teammates feel the same way; that there's still a chance". Their team did not want the embarrassment of such an early decision to the four-day contest. "If we can pull off a win here, this is going to be one for the ages for our team because it's been a long time since we've won". He is 2-0-1 this week after a strong performance a year ago at the Ryder Cup.