Presidents Cup: Internationals stun US to lead 4-1

WION Web Team Melbourne Dec 12, 2019, 08.12 PM(IST)

File Photo: Tiger Woods. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Woods was in scintillating form as he sunk 6 birdies to give his team a 4 and 3 win but that turned out to be the only success for the Americans.

There was a huge upset on Thursday morning in Australia as the Presidents Cup got underway between holders America and rest of the world team. The internationals made the pundits eat humble pie by taking a 4-1 lead.

Team USA captain Tiger Woods led his team out for the first match as he paired up with Justin Thomas to take on Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann. Only the second-ever playing captain in Presidents Cup history, Woods was in scintillating form as he sunk 6 birdies to give his team a 4 and 3 win but that turned out to be the only success for the Americans as the internationals upset the form book in the other matches.

Im Sung-Jae and Adam Hadwin were locked in a tight battle with Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay with 13 holes halved before a birdie from Hadwin on the 16th saw the pairing win.

Former world number-1 Adam Scott and South Korean An Byeong-hun of South Korea never trailed against Bryson de Shambo and Tony Finau and win 2 and 1.

There was another tight game between Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Taiwan's CT Pan against Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson both major winners. The Americans never led this one either and Captain America Reed's late heroics could not prevent a 1-up win for Pan and Matsuyama.

Finally, rookie Abraham Ancer and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen put on a front nine blitz to thrash the powerful pairing of US Open champion Gary Woodland and former world No-1 Dustin Johnson 4 and 3.