Pick a winner from each side

Playing Day Two of the Presidents Cup is very similar to Day One, in fact, the score was exactly the same as the Americans won in the session, 4-1. There were few matches played much closer in the Four Ball setting than during the alternate shot as three games made it to the 18th hole. However, the Americans consolidated their lead further and would head into Saturday’s double session with an 8-2 lead.

That inability seems to have left Trevor Immelman unfazed – whether it’s him or he’s unaware that he’s allowed to change teams as he puts down four of the same quartet of teams from Thursday to Saturday morning matches.

It’s a baffling decision to see him do basically nothing to try to change the momentum, but he’s taken a breather on the part of Davis Love as the dominant tandem of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Shaveli will sit in the morning.

I expect the bloodbath to continue into the weekend, so let’s see who highlights our best bets until Saturday.

Best bets

Cameron Young / Colin Morikawa (-145) over Adam Scott / Hideki Matsuyama (DK, Relationships are a boost)

One of the half of the points the Americans ceded on Friday came at the expense of Cameron Young’s partnership with Kevin Kesner. I’m not bothered by this thing heading into Saturday where Young played really well and didn’t really get much help from his playing partner, who couldn’t get any shots.

Scott showed better form on day two as he extended Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth to the 17th hole, but Matsuyama was completely dusted off by the Kantalay/Shaveli team for two days in a row. Matsuyama was the weak link in a lot of scenarios as he leaned on Tom Kim to keep them alive on Friday. I think there will be a point where focus and stimulation start to fade and that could cause some problems with alternate shot formats. I will be riding the rookie player in Young and Morikawa’s revamped game.

Corey Conners/Songjae M +130 over Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (DK, Relationships are a boost)

Speth and Thomas managed to get it clean for the first couple of days, but they weren’t overly sharp. As they note today, they “chewed” their way through the match as both players were left to play the holes alone on more than one occasion. I think it will probably catch up with them at some point and the alternate shot is probably this format.

On the flip side, Im was the better player on the field for both teams on Friday (okay, out of Cantlay/Shaveli) and it won’t be easy to get out the rest of the weekend. He played well on Thursday as well, but Connors didn’t have it and left his teammate hanging.

The ball kick I saw from the Canadian on Friday encouraged me and if he can keep it up they are a dangerous team for that format. I’ll take the extra money again and see if we can catch up.

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