CHARLOTTE – Trevor Immelman will send off an all-Canadian duo in hopes that his beleaguered international team can return to the Presidents Cup, after losing in the first round 4-1 to “probably the strongest American team ever. assembled on paper.”
The star-studded U.S. team won four games during Thursday’s quadruple session to take the lead at Quail Hollow. Cameron Davis and Si-Woo Kim earned the only point for the internationals on day one, having defeated world number one Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, by 2.
Making this feat even more impressive was the fact that Kim and Davis were third after seven holes. It was the first time since 2005 that the world number one lost his first match in the President’s Cup. Tiger Woods and Fred Couples lost in the quartet to Adam Scott and Rivet Goosen at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia.
Emmelman rewarded junior Davis by pairing fellow countryman Scott, who joined Hideki Matsuyama in hitting them, 6 and 5, by Xander Shaveli and Patrick Cantlay on Thursday.
“For [Davis and Kim] “To finish this off strong in order to get a point for us is a really big psychological thing,” Immelman said after his pairs procedure. “If we had been bleached today, it would have been difficult to swallow a pill.”
Davis and Scott will go out first for the visitors on Friday, facing a tough task at Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who will stay together after defeating Corey Conners and Songjay M, 2 and 1, in a four-way game.
US captain Davis Love III did not separate Scheffler and Burns despite their superiority over Kim and Davis. Close friends will face M and Sebastian Munoz, who rested Immelmann on Thursday.
South Africa’s Christian Bezuidenhout also rested on day one, but will partner Mito Pereira to face Kevin Kesner and Cameron Young. The mighty duo of Cantilai and Shaveli will face off against Matsuyama and Tom Kim.
The round of four balls Billy Horschel and Max Homma will conclude against Canadians Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith.
Immelman said the international team won’t lick their wounds, but rather dip into some South American cuisine and reset for the best session.
“We are looking forward to [South American food]; It’s been a very long day. “We’ll go back to the team room, have a little fun and regroup,” said Immelman. “the message [will] Stay the same: Play for free.
“No one here expects us to win. We have to have that belief, deep down. Go out there and fight. We are probably up against the strongest American team ever assembled on paper.”
Here’s a closer look at Quail Hollow’s Friday Five Ball pairs: (All Time East)
11:35 am: Jordan Spieth – Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Adam Scott Cam Davis (INT).
11:50 am: Scotty Sheffler – Sam Burns (US) vs. Songjay M. Sebastian Munoz (international)
12:05 pm: Kevin Kesner – Cameron Young (USA) vs. Mito Pereira Christian Bezudenhout (INT)
12:20 pm: Patrick Cantlay – Xander Shaveli (US) – Hideki Matsuyama – Tom Kim (international).
12:35 pm: Billy Horschel – Max Homma (US) vs. Cory Conners – Taylor Pendrith (international).