The U.S. nearly clinched its seventh straight Presidents Cup a day early Saturday, but fell just short.
After completing Day 3’s morning wave with a 3-0-1 record, the U.S. rallied in the afternoon to threaten an early win. The pairing of Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim saved the Internationals with a late win to keep the dream somewhat alive on Sunday.
Sunday will feature 12 singles matches with everyone from both teams playing. The U.S. needs just one win to claim the Cup.
Here’s how Saturday’s four-ball matches ended:
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (USA) 2&1 over Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day (Int.) — One down with four holes to play, Spieth and Reed demoralized their opponents with clutch putting down the stretch. Birdies on 15, 16 and 17 propelled Spieth and Reed to a comeback win. Spieth and Reed finished the week 3-0-1 as a duo.
Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger (USA) 3&2 over Hideki Matsuyama and Jhonattan Vegas (Int.) — Berger became the last American to earn a win after coming back from a three-hole down deficit early in the match. Despite the tough start, Berger and Thomas caught fire late to flip the script on the Internationals. Thomas’ birdie putt on the 14th may be one of the iconic scenes from this competition.
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Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim (Int.) 1 UP over Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell (USA) — Late dramatics from both sides made this the most intriguing match of the day. Lahiri and Kim were faced with the tough task of keeping the Cup out of USA’s hands a day early, and they made some clutch putts to secure a point for the Internationals. Chappell and Hoffman displayed a nice bit of sportsmanship by picking up Lahiri’s ball on the 18th green to give them the win.
Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson (USA) 3&2 over Marc Leishman and Branden Grace (Int.) — The two bombers earned their second win as a duo, while Johnson improved to 4-0 for the week. Johnson and Koepka never trailed in this match, using their power off the tee and chemistry around the greens to easily defeat their opponents. Grace has now lost two matches this year after winning all five of his matches in 2015.