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Presidents Cup 2019 Leaderboard: Results and Best Highlights from Day 2

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2019

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 13: Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the United States team and Justin Thomas of the United States team celebrate defeating Byeong-Hun An of South Korea and the International team and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and the International team 1up on the 18th green during Friday foursome matches on day two of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on December 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The United States stormed back from a rough start to the Presidents Cup, cutting the International team lead down to 6.5-3.5 through Day 2.

The world squad built its largest opening-session lead in event history at 4-1, but the Americans won two and tied one of five foursome matches (alternate shot) Friday in Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. All five U.S. teams trailed at different times, but the squad showcased great resolve to fight back in this competition.

American player-captain Tiger Woods was the only winner on Day 1 alongside partner Justin Thomas, and the duo came through again with a one-up win against Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An.

The United States team has won the Presidents Cup seven straight times and now has momentum on its side going into the final two days of competition, but there is still work to do with a three-point deficit.

     

Day 2 Results

Adam Scott/Louis Oosthuizen (INT) def. Matt Kucher/Dustin Johnson (USA): 3&2

Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) def. Joaquin Niemann/Adam Hadwin (INT): 1 UP

Abraham Ancer/Marc Leishman (INT) def. Patrick Reed/Webb Simpson (USA): 3&2

Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas (USA) def. Hideki Matsuyama/Byeong Hun An (INT): 1 UP

Rickie Fowler/Gary Woodland (USA) tied Cameron Smith/Sungjae Im (INT)

Full results available at the tournament's official site.

      

For most of the day, it appeared as though the International team was going to come through with another dominant performance.

Though the matches were mostly close, the internationals separated themselves with their clutch putting:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

International team making putts, U.S. missing ‘em. Pretty simple explanation for the current score.

No one was more impressive in this regard than Cameron Smith, who set the tone from the beginning of his first Presidents Cup match:

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

Cameron Smith, 2/2 😎 Making it look easy Thursday at the #PresidentsCup. https://t.co/MCi8Jsk2lu

Ben Everill @BEverillPGATOUR

Think @camsmithgolf not up for this?? Think again. Great start from the Aussie. Meanwhile Louis and Scotty making a mess of 7 now.

In addition to Smith, several other young players are on their way to being breakout stars from the world team.

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Creativity on full display. Excellent execution, @Abraham_Ancer. #QuickHits https://t.co/8nyy9LhbJR

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

😤 @ByeongHunAn didn't hold back on this one. #QuickHits https://t.co/5lwkZH0nRe

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Abraham Ancer is about to get so much attention for being underrated that he might be overrated by the end of the weekend. Really, though: The guy can play.

Ryan Ballengee @RyanBallengee

Sungjae Im is a multi-time major winner in waiting

Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman combined for six birdies in a win over Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson.

However, the Americans were extremely clutch down the stretch with Patrick Cantlay and Justin Thomas each making huge putts on the 18th to win their matches.

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Huge putt by @Patrick_Cantlay. The U.S. Team gets their first point on Day 2. It's now 6-2 in favor of the International Team. https://t.co/Tga7D3UdYY

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

CHILLS. 😵 @JustinThomas34 and @TigerWoods win their second point of the @PresidentsCup. 🇺🇸 #LiveUnderPar https://t.co/bS5WvOeNm8

Woods and Thomas showed great chemistry during their win:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

First the shot by @TigerWoods. 🎯 Then a big putt by @JustinThomas34. 👊 They're 2-up through four holes. #QuickHits https://t.co/OAvOV6Oq9S

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Huge up-and-down for @TigerWoods and @JustinThomas34. They remain all square. #QuickHits https://t.co/JKYyPWsZAo

Kyle Porter @KylePorterCBS

Tiger: "JT steps up there and pours this thing in on the last hole. Gives me f ...... gives me absolute chills." JT is the dude.

Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland then closed out the day by halving their match against Smith and Sungjae Im despite trailing for 16 of 18 holes. It was enough to finish the day even despite nearly losing as many as four or five matches.

The two teams will now prepare themselves for a busy third day of action with two rounds set for Saturday. Players will compete in fourball in the morning, followed by more foursome play in the afternoon.