Tiger Woods is player-captain of the United States, and his pairing with Justin Thomas delivered the first point of the day, winning 4&3 over Australia's Marc Leishman and Chile's Joaquin Niemann.
"Tiger was working so well between the two of us today".
As great as the start was for Woods, the rest of his USA team struggled, losing the remaining four matches and falling into a 4-1 hole against the worldwide team on the first day of the 13th Presidents Cup. The 2003 competition in South Africa ended in a tie. "We have to go earn this cup". Matsuyama holed a 25-foot birdie on the 17th for a 1-up lead with C.T. Pan, leading to the final victory of the session over Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. "Many points available. The boys will regroup and we will leave tomorrow ready".
Next up is foursomes matches, a U.S. Team strength in the Presidents Cup.
"We had a couple of different options rolling into this entire Cup", Woods said. "We're not out of it yet".
TIGER TALES: Woods won his 26th match in his foursomes victory with Thomas, tying the Presidents Cup set by Phil Mickelson.
No golfer's come in second to Woods more than Els, a four-time major victor.
Taking inspiration from the video, a fired-up Abraham Ancer teamed with Louis Oosthuizen to rout Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland 4&3.
Global 6 1/2, United States 3 1/2.
In four-ball, players each hit their own balls, and the better score of the two becomes that team's score on a given hole.
Apart from Els, Thomson's Internationals featured other Hall of Fame players including Greg Norman, Vijay Singh and Nick Price.
The battle between duo Adam Hadwin of Canada and South Korean Im Sung-jae and Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay went right to the wire, with the Internationals winning 1-up. He backed up his words with strong play as he and Byeong Hun An knocked off Bryson Dechambeau and Tony Finau, 2&1.
The last chance for the Americans to at least get a half-point came in the last match on the course.
Adam Hadwin was serenaded on the first tee, 16 holes later he made the biggest putt of his Presidents Cup career.
Proven Presidents Cup performer Oosthuizen had never played Royal Melbourne until this week but the South African charged out of the blocks with three birdies in his opening five holes.
Points needed to win: 15½. We've got a long event to go still, and you know, we're loving the golf course.
"I didn't envision 4-1, no", Els said. After that, though, the rest of the US team couldn't keep things going and the Internationals barreled through.
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