The Internationals have a huge hole to climb out of if they're to win the 2017 Presidents Cup as the U.S. Team built a six point lead on Friday at Liberty National.
To put the USA rout in context, the Americans need just 7 ½ points to win the cup with eight points available on Saturday at Liberty National.
Instead big-hitting partnership Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka took the 15th and 16th to beat Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Scott 3 and 2 and Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama blew a 2-up lead with four to play as Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth snatched a half in the top game.
Presidents Cup debutantes Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell, who sat out Thursday's opening foursomes, showed no signs of jitters as they led the American stampede with a dominating 6&5 victory over South African Charl Schwartzel and India's Anirban Lahiri to notch the first point of the day.
Unbeaten in four matches together at the 2015 Presidents Cup, they claimed the Internationals' only win on Thursday - 3 & 1 over Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger.
World Number 1 Johnson caught fire on the back 9 and wrapped up the match for the USA on the 16th winning 3 & 2.
Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner will take on Australians Marc Leishman and Jason Day on Friday in a reprise of a tense foursomes match that ended halved. "When that momentum gets on your side, you can feel it as a team, and I think that's what you saw today".
The American pairing claimed their second victory in successive days in New Jersey to overcome the previously undefeated worldwide duo. It would render Sunday's 12 singles matches moot and maybe get the PGA Tour out of the sticky predicament of hosting President Donald Trump, who is reported to be attending Sunday's matches (the Marine One choppers running practice landings at this Jersey harbor venue late on Friday would seem to be a strong indication that the Pres will be coming). "We took it seriously today like we do every match, but it was a little bit more fun than yesterday's victory". Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are now 6-1-2 as a pair in the Ryder and Presidents Cups.
There was a hope this week that the global team could make this an interesting Presidents Cup.
Their story encapsulated the troubles for the Internationals; starting with three consecutive birdies they had control of the match, then gradually surrendered it.
"They made a lot of putts on the back nine to halve holes", Thomas said. The ensuing birdie would get the match back to All Square with just two holes to go. Meanwhile, Stricker smartly rolled out the duo of Spieth and Reed, who always step up when they're wearing the colors of Team USA. Vegas birdied the next hole from 35 feet, and that's when Johnson took over.
Phil Mickelson celebrates holing his birdie putt to win the match 1up on the 18th hole.