The United States was looking at a huge deficit in the Presidents’ Cup before a final 90-minute change in Melbourne.
The Internationals led all five of the four races shortly after 14:00 local time (03:00 GMT) at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Friday.
That would have sent the US at 9-1 on the weekend, but instead popped up and finished the day behind 6.5-3.5.
The rebound could be just what Tiger Woods’ team needed in its bid for the eighth qualifier.
Patrick Cantlay-Xander Schauffele and Woods-Justin Thomas each won, while Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland reduced the half to a match that followed almost every day.
Here’s a look at how the US fight progressed:
Cantlay clutch to lift US
Cantlay and Schauffele ran through 14 holes against Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin, but produced the first late fight.
A bird in the fifth brought the American level after Schauffele put a 3-foot approach.
But the big moment came at 18, where Cantlay threw a 14-footer for birdie and a key.
Tiger, Thomas fights back
Woods and Thomas were among the 12 in a fierce battle with Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An.
Thomas ‘approach and Woods’ 10-footer approach to birdie tied the race before the 2017 PGA Championship winner, who recently returned.
The world number four sank a 17-foot birdie putt to get the US another win.
Fowler, Woodland answers for half
Fowler and Woodland had come out of the hole against Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae and were still 16th.
However, a birdie in the 17th tied the race as Fowler dropped a 4-footer after Woodland’s magnificent approach, denying international winners who seemed certain to secure the day.