The American team leads 4-1 after the first session of the Presidents Cup Sep 22, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Team USA golfer Jordan Spieth (second from left) talks to his teammates on the 18th hole during the foursomes match play of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Day 1 of the 2022 Presidents Cup provided some good news and bad news for the International Team. The good news is that Si Woo Kim and Cameron Davis had a come-from-behind victory to pick up a full point over the United States team of Sam Burns and world No. 1, Scottie Scheffler. The bad news for the Internationals? There were four other matches.

If the International team is going to prevent the Americans from winning their ninth straight Presidents Cup, a hearty comeback will be required. For much of the day, it looked as though the United States might come away with a clean 5-0 sweep. But after Kim and Davis won their match, Taylor Pendrith and Miro Pereira came to the last hole tied with Tony Finau and Max Homa. A completely manageable 3-2 deficit seemed plausible for the Internationals. It didn’t happen.

Finau and Homa made par on the last hole, which Pendrith and Pereira could not answer. With that, the Americans won the match and will take a 4-1 lead into Friday’s four-ball session.

The tone was set early. International team captain Trevor Immelman sent out the pairing of Hideki Matsuyama (his best-ranked player) and Adam Scott (his most experienced player) first. They were dusted by Davis Love III’s lead-off pairing of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, who came away with a 6 & 5 win. The remaining matches were all closer, with each of them reaching the 17th hole and two getting to 18.

But if there were any hopes that the International Team might win or at least keep it interesting until the end, they took a major blow on Thursday. The golf world couldn’t help but note how lopsided the day was.

If the International Team has any hope to draw from, it’s these two things.

One, at the last Presidents Cup, the Internationals led 4-1 after the opening session and the Americans came back to win. So, this lead can be overcome.

Two, Friday will be four-ball, or alternate shot. That puts less pressure on each individual player, as a struggling golfer can always be bailed out if his teammate has a good hole. That tends to be more suited to the underdog team. In this case, that’s the International side.

There’s still time for the Internationals to play their way back into the competition. That said, it feels like they’ll need a 3-2 win (or better) during four-ball play on Friday. If that can’t happen, it’s hard to imagine mich suspense heading into the weekend.

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