Presidents Cup 2017: How did Fowler, Thomas top International Team's unstoppable duo?

Presidents Cup 2017: How did Fowler, Thomas top International Team's unstoppable duo?

They hammered the worldwide teams on the back nine to go unbeaten in fourballs and build an 8-2 lead, the largest margin after two sessions since the Presidents Cup began in 1994. With eight matches on deck on Saturday, the Americans could pull away from their global counterparts and lock up the event - if they almost sweep the entire day.

Hadwin's grit while paired with a fraught Hideki Matsuyama earned the Internationals a half-point Friday, and captain Nick Price was smart to try to find a spot for the Canadian Saturday morning.

And world number one Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka pulled away on the back nine to beat Aussie Adam Scott and Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas 3 & 2.

World Number 1 Johnson caught fire on the back 9 and wrapped up the match for the US on the 16th winning 3 & 2.

Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas then increased America's lead after a 3&2 win over the South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.

The host nation now has an 11.5-2.5 lead with the afternoon four-ball matches scheduled to get underway shortly.

After hearing that, I could not wait to see what was coming and was just hoping that the Mickelson-Kisner duo would do something to either win a hole in a big way or clinch their match. It will take a total miracle from an worldwide team that was already overwhelming underdogs before a ball was struck.

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They were still two up through 10 holes before Kisner made a crucial birdie at the 11th, Mickelson added another at the 15th and then his game-changer at 18, complete with Three Amigos-style celebration with Kisner. "They came into this event riding a lot of momentum, a lot of confidence, and they really get excited to play these team events and it's showing".

A day after Matt Kuchar and Daniel Berger embedded with the US fans while benched during the Presidents Cup, Rickie Fowler and Kevin Kisner have joined in on the fun.

It looked a little awkward, though Mickelson did slightly better than when he cropped most of his face out of a selfie he took during the opening ceremony with the last three USA presidents. Still 2-up with just four to play, it looked as though the Americans would drop the opening match in heartbreaking fashion.

But either way, one thing seems clear: while the International's superteam took a knock on Friday, an equally formidable American force is emerging.

Absolutely, we say, and as global captain Nick Price pointed out, only 10 of the possible 30 points have been accounted for after the initial foursomes and four-ball sessions.

The best shot I saw all day was Justin Thomas' hole-out from the bunker at the 14th hole, which is the 18th for the usual layout here at Liberty National.

Oosthuizen will team with Day against Spieth and Reed in the first afternoon match. Grace and Oosthuizen got it back to all square with a birdie at the 11th, and that's where the match would end at the 18th, with a half point going to each team. And as he always does, Thomas put a little sauce on it with his hand in the air with the ball several feet from the hole and still sloping towards the cup.

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