Matches seemed a bit tighter on Friday in the Presidents Cup. And then Max Homa made two sensational putts that guaranteed the same result for the United States.
In the third straight fourball game that went as far as possible, Homa holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole for a 1-up lead. After Taylor Pendrith gave the international team hope with a birdie on the 18th hole, Homa matched it with another birdie putt for the win.
This gave the United States another session by a 4-1 margin, stretching their lead to 8-2 heading into the weekend at Quail Hollow. Thus, a new victory in this tournament that usually dominates, begins to seem inevitable.
For the second time in a row at home, the mighty United States team goes into a double session this Saturday with a mathematical chance of securing the cup.
“It’s crazy,” Homa said after he and Billy Horschel outplayed the Canadian duo of Pendrith and Corey Conners. “Getting to the 18th hole two days in a row makes you exclaim that this was a great day. Billy made some amazing putts. I just wanted to help you.”
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush attended the Quail Hollow Club, and while for a moment it looked like the international team would put up a fight, the deficit at the end of the day turned out to be as wide as it usually gets.
The only point for the international team came from two draws.
Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns shared honors with Wunjae Im and Colombian Sebastián Muñoz. Cameron Young and Kevin Kisner settled for half a point against Chilean Mito Pereira and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, in the only match in which the international team had the advantage.