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It was the first time the Presidents Cup - named after the highest office in the land - has had three US presidents attending the matches together since the event began in 1994.

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and Argentinian Emiliano Grillo will take on Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner, and the South African duo of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen will take on Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.

The Presidents Cup continues with Day 2 on Friday, which will be five four-ball matches.

The Americans, winners of nine of the prior 11 editions of the Cup, with one draw and just one worldwide victory back in 1998, wasted no time in asserting themselves at Liberty National Golf Club. The guys are trying, that's all I can say.

It's gotten to the point that captain and player came to a mutual decision to sit the World No.3 out of tomorrow morning's Foursomes matches, along with the struggling Anirban Lahiri. "We are thinking that he is going to come out but he has not yet confirmed, and we don't know timing or all the underlying details".

He was on the putting green Wednesday morning at the Presidents Cup, explaining to some of the six rookies on the American team why the teams might change for the final day of practice, the schedule after the team photo, just about anything short of how to tie their shoes.

"We've got 20 points left", Stricker said.

QUOTEWORTHY: "I'm pumped that we took that team down".

It was a back-and-forth day for most of the matches. They would need to win 7.5 of the 8 points in that double session, which is highly unlikely, but the way they're rolling now, it's not impossible.

Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman won, 6 & 5, and Dustin Johnson, paired with Brooks Koepka, won, 3 & 2.

The U.S. would clinch the trophy a day early with a sweep of the afternoon four-balls, which would turn Sunday's 12 singles matches into dead rubbers.

"It's not the best of moods going through [the team room] right now", said a sombre Hadwin after his Presidents Cup debut. "Our guys are going to come out fighting".

He showcased his youthfulness with the hilarious celebration he and Kisner orchestrated after Phil holed a winning birdie at the 18th hole against Jason Day and Marc Leishman on Friday. "It was just one of those, keep it in play - fight, fight until the end". However, the International Team is improving with the emergence of Day and Matsuyama. Previous year at Hazeltine, they again teamed up well, going 2-1-1.

"We're very comfortable around each other", Oosthuizen told Sky Sports. "I think every one of my teammates feel the same way; that there's still a chance".


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