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Scotty Scheffler defeated Sam Burns by Se-Woo Kim and Cam Davis in the only match the international won on opening day; Team USA chasing their ninth straight win in the Presidents Cup – watch live all week on Sky Sports Golf

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Excerpts from the opening round of the Presidents Cup, held at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Excerpts from the opening round of the Presidents Cup, held at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Team USA rose to pre-tournament as a Presidents Cup favorite by racing to a 4-1 lead against the international after the opening session in North Carolina.

The United States dominated the Biennale, winning the last eight and losing only one of the previous 13, with Davis Love III quickly dominating this year’s event during Thursday’s four-legged matches at the Quail Hollow Club.

A star-studded American squad won their first three matches on the field against a depleted international team, containing eight rookies and inexperienced due to several notable departures to LIV Golf, with the hosts briefly threatening to complete a clean sweep. session.

Davis Love III and Trevor Immelman are the captains of the President's Cup

Davis Love III and Trevor Immelman are the captains of the President’s Cup

Si Woo Kim and Cam Davis produced an impressive fight to stun world number one Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, although this was the only point the international won after Taylor Pendrith and Mito Pereira lost on the final hole in the match remaining on the track.

“We’ve had some games where we’ve played really well and we’ve had some games that we’ve been successful in,” USA captain Davis Love 3 said. “Great start, lots of heart, but they’ll be training and getting ready for the next session tomorrow.”

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Trevor Immelman’s decision to field veteran duo Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama – the only two players on the international team to have appeared multiple times in the Presidents Cup – in the opening game backfired, as Patrick Cantelay and Xander Shaveli crushed them 6 and 5.

The American duo never lags behind and only loses one hole during an impressive win, winning the first four holes from his back with nines to continue his four-hole record at 100 percent when playing together for Team USA.

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Shaveli now represent Team USA 5-0 in a four-way game

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Shaveli now represent Team USA 5-0 in a four-way game

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth made three birdies in a four-hole stretch on a nine in front, only to Sungjae Im – the international’s top scorer in their 2019 loss, to make a 10-foot Eagle and a ninth bird to cut the difference between him and Corey Conners to one in return.

Momentum in that match swung in Team USA’s way when Thomas fired 25 feet to save the equalizer in the 15th minute, enough to win the hole when Conners missed from eight feet, with Barratt on the next two holes enough for a 2 and 1 victory.

Cameron Young celebrated his debut in the Presidents Cup by drilling from 25 feet into the penultimate hole of a winning bird to give him and Colin Morikawa a 2 & 1 victory over Tom Kim and KH Lee in Game Three, with the point ensuring that Team USA would lead after the match. opening day.

Schaeffler and Burns seemed poised for more success after taking a three-goal lead after just seven holes and remaining two places with four to play, only for a three-stroke double bogey in the 15th inning paving the way for the late international’s reclaim.

Si Woo Kim has helped the international team reach the only point in the competition so far

Si Woo Kim has helped the international team reach the only point in the competition so far

Davis defended the tie for victory and Kim leveled the competition with a 10-foot jumper the next, with a close-range jumper in 17th and a kick in the finish at the end to complete a four-hole winning streak and a 2up victory for the visitors.

The final also went to the last four, where two-stroke parity from Tony Finau and Max Homma was enough for a narrow victory when Pereira scored a difficult final push and then Pendreth failed to save the ball from 10 feet away.

“We just got stuck there,” Immelman said. “We got off to a really tough start and were behind the eight ball early. The Americans played some great golf and I think we’re going to have to find a way to do some shooting over the next few days. We’ll just hang in there and keep fighting – that’s what we do.”

Five four-ball games will take place on Friday, with four more games from both formats in two sessions on Saturday. All 24 players then compete in singles matches on the final day, for a total of 30 points for wins over the four tournament days.

Watch the Presidents Cup all week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage starts Friday at 4.30pm via the red button, before moving to Sky Sports Golf at 5.30pm.