WATCH Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner join Presidents Cup fans, pump them up

WATCH Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner join Presidents Cup fans, pump them up

WATCH Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner join Presidents Cup fans, pump them up

That was the only disappointment for the hosts and holders, though, as Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler saw off Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen 3 and 2.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Thomas holed out from a bunker on No. 14 and wound up halving the hole when it looked as though the lead would be cut to 1 up.

For Mickelson it was his 24th Presidents Cup victory, tying him with Tiger Woods for the most all-time, as the five time major winning hailed the team as the best he has ever seen.

"We're going to keep the pedal down", Hoffman said.

Where the USA team appears to be forging a foundation for future competitions, Price's global side continues to be mired in a jigsaw puzzle of divergent personalities and cultures that just doesn't fit together.

NOTEWORTHY: The 8-2 lead is the largest after two sessions.

"It is a big lead the Americans have right now but we still have 10 matches tomorrow and we have 12 matches in the singles on Sunday", said a struggling Matsuyama, the Internationals highest ranked player at world number three who will be benched for Saturday's foursomes by Price.

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.

Our scribes at Liberty National Golf Club share which of Saturday morning's foursomes matches are most intriguing to them.

Phil Mickelson's 18th-hole birdie beat Aussies Leishman and Day.

It was a back-and-forth match until Day hit a tee shot on 12 that settled on a platform behind a scoreboard.

It only took 13 holes for Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell to record a dominant win over Anirban Lahiri and Charl Schwartzel, they flew out of the gates scoring on three of the first four holes and would win 6 & 5. Lahiri three-putted from 40 feet to lose the 12th, and Hoffman ended it with a birdie on the 13th.

Fortunately, Spieth missed it on goal (we can only assume) but did enough so the Americans could close out the match and take a 9-2 edge early on Saturday.

On Day 1, Thomas - a five-time victor on the PGA Tour this season and the FedExCup champion - admitted to being nervous, but by the time he and partner Rickie Fowler wrapped up their match he'd emerged as the team's emotional spark.

Fowler and Thomas have emerged as another pairings pillar alongside Spieth and Reed, filling out half of Furyk's team lineups for next year, and that scenario doesn't include the potential Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka showed in their 3-and-2 victory over Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas on Day 2. Vegas birdied the next hole from 35 feet, and that's when Johnson took over.

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