The United States destroyed the International team 4-1 in foursomes (alternate shot) play on the opening day of the 2022 Presidents Cup, establishing a significant lead that Trevor Immelman’s team is unlikely to overtake.
However, if the black and gold are going to cause trouble, it will probably be in a four-ball style that has historically been more forgiving of the international team. The International team will play five additional matches in the middle of the day on Friday at Quail Hollow Golf Club in an effort to recoup some of the momenta it lost against Davis Love III’s group earlier in the week.
Given that he must sit down two of the top 25 players each of the first two days and four in each session on Saturday, Love has an embarrassing amount of resources to draw from. Billy Horschel and Kevin Kisner will play in a team game on Friday after sitting out on Thursday. This will be Horschel’s first team play as a professional and Kisner’s second.
Similar to how Immelman will face Sebastian Munoz and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who also attended the games on Thursday, both players will experience the Presidents Cup for the first time.
On the American side, there aren’t many surprises in the other contests. The two most dependable partnerships, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, will return to the field. Sam Burns and Scottie Scheffler, who were accountable for the lone point the United States dropped on Thursday, will try to exact major punishment. Horschel will replace Tony Finau and team up with Max Homa, while Kisner will take Collin Morikawa’s place and play with Cameron Young.
Everything was altered by the international team. Immelman is trying to find something for his team to hang onto going into the weekend, thus none of the partnerships on Day 2 are the same as they were on Day 1.