Day 1 of the 2013 Presidents Cup is officially in the books, with Team USA picking up a 3.5 to 2.5 advantage over the International team. The U.S. won three of the six matches, achieving a halve in one other and losing two.
The question is, which pairings had the most impressive comebacks from the opening day?
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Jason Day and Graham DeLaet over Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker by 1 Up
After six holes, Americans Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker were 3 up on Jason Day of Australia and Graham DeLaet of Canada. With just four holes remaining, Mahan and Snedeker owned a one-hole advantage over their International opponents.
Just like that, Day and DeLaet won 15, 16 and 18 en route to a 1-up victory.
This was a devastating collapse for Team USA, as an excellent day ended up being marred by a very disappointing result. As a result, the Americans blew the opportunity to move to 3.0 points up, and instead are up 1.0.
This could be the result that changes everything.
Day and DeLaet looked like they'd lost all signs of hope with the match winding down and the deficit remaining until 15. In the end, Mahan and Snedeker failed to sink the most important of shots and fell because of it.
It was an ugly end to what was a beautifully played first 14 holes.
Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama Halved Bill Haas and Webb Simpson
Entering Hole 15, Adam Scott of Australia and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan were 2 down against Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Having already made a comeback from 2 down earlier in the match but fell on both 12 and 13.
After winning both 15 and 16 to even things up, Scott and Matsuyama dropped 17 and then won 18 to earn a halve.
It was one of the most awe-inspiring comebacks in the history of the tournament, as Scott and Matsuyama trailed and tied things up three separate times on the final 10 holes. It was a testament to the resolve of Scott and Matsuyama, whom both made clutch shots.
When it was all said and done, the International team picked up a huge halve.
By moving to halve, Scott and Matsuyama joined Day and DeLaet as those who saved the International team from falling into a very deep hole. Instead, Team USA is up by just one.
These two comebacks are a major reason why.