MELBOURNE, Australia – The Internationals made a stunning late comeback to remain in the United States’ leading position on the final day of the Presidential Cup.
The seven-time defending American champions were well on their way to scouring the squares of the afternoon that would tie the Presidents’ Cup on Saturday. The Tiger Woods Americans led the four afternoon races to a remarkable comeback, finishing the morning with four 9-5 balls.
But Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler were stunned by Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer with 5 wins, which triggered a dramatic shutout at the fourth session at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
By the end of the process after 6 pm local time (2am ET), the Internationals had a 10-8 lead lead in Sunday’s 12 singles.
No team arrived after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup. However, the US has emerged from the four countries on a history-making mission.
Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland gave the US Board one point with a 2-1 victory over Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.
A second point came thanks to Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, who saw Im Sung-jae and Cameron Smith from the same rankings.
Then the fun began. Thomas, having a perfect 3-0-0 record, and Fowler approached the 11th tee with this 5-up advantage over Australian Leishman and Mexican teammate Ancer.
Leishman had not won all week, but his fight against Ancer sparked the crowd during an unforgettable finish to the day’s game. After Thomas was thrown between the trees, Leishman’s astounding approach helped secure an unthinkable half for the Internationals.
Then, attention turned to Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An, who were 2 under 13 against Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.
With captain Ernie Els watching the fans in full voice, Niemann’s brilliant shot from the rough paved the way for the Internationals – without a Presidents Cup triumph since 1998 – to cut in half. One player had a chance to win the match, but his effort slipped out of the hole.