The Best From The Presidents Cup, International Dominate Four Ball

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December 12, 2019

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Tiger Woods lightly pumped his fist with another birdie. He raised his hands over his head in applause to salute a brilliant play by Justin Thomas that led to another hole won. He thoroughly enjoyed his return to competition in the Presidents Cup.

His match won, Woods took the radio and inserted the ear piece as he resumed his role as U.S. captain. (READ MORE) by DOUG FERGUSON | AP

For the first time in 14 years, the International team leads the Presidents Cup. That’s a real stat, and it comes in the wake of the 4-1 beating the Internationals put on an outclassed American crew on Thursday during Day 1 of actionat Royal Melbourne. After winning just two team matches at the 2017 edition of this event, the International team won the last four on Thursday and never trailed in three of them. (READ MORE) by Kyle Porter | CBS Sports

After the first day of play in Australia at Royal Melbourne, it’s advantage Internationals.

Despite playing captain Tiger Woods and the Americans having the distinct advantage when it comes to talent, with ten of Team USA’s 12 players ranked inside the 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking, Ernie Els and his International squad hold a commanding 4-1 lead after Thursday’s (Wednesday night in the U.S.) four-ball matches. (READ MORE) by Adam Woodward | Golf Week

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While Tiger Woods’ United States Presidents Cup team was heavily favored on paper, it was Ernie Els’ International squad that took the dominating lead after Thursday fourballs at Royal Melbourne. Here’s how each match unfolded. (READ MORE) by JAY COFFIN | Golf Channel

Ernie Els’ much-debated selection system—a statistic-based blueprint also known as analytics that has yet to be explained in any detail—seems to be going according to plan. Make that even better than could have been expected for a team that has lost its last seven matches in the Presidents Cup. Whatever. Up 4-1 with one-sixth of the 30 matches to be played at Royal Melbourne completed, the nonplaying captain of the International team had a justifiably satisfied look on his expressive face before, during and after the give-and-take of pairing the foursomes matches for the second session. (READ MORE) by John Huggan | GolfWorld

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