MELBOURNE, Australia — It looked like the U.S. team was about to get blown away down under on Friday at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, but a late rally gave the Americans new life heading into Saturday’s round of the 13th Presidents Cup.
Down 6-1 at one point, the Americans won two matches on the 18th hole and halved another to close the International team’s lead to 6 1/2 -3 1/2 , heading into Saturday’s double session of Four-Ball and Foursomes. There will be 12 singles matches on Sunday.
With 22 points still available, the International lead isn’t as insurmountable as it once looked, but the U.S. team will have to play more consistently than it has over the first two days.
“We are digging ourselves a bit of a hole,” Matt Kuchar said when the U.S. was down 6-1. “We need to regroup, but thankfully there’s still a whole lot of golf left. There’s so many veterans on the team, a handful of rookies. We’ve been behind before. Others have been behind before and made big comebacks. This is still only halfway through, not even halfway through. There’s still so many points to play for. I think there’s that good veteran leadership that guys know there’s still a lot of golf to be played.”