America secure an early lead

29 September 2017 04:17:09 EST

The United States dominated day one of the Presidents Cup against the International Team at Liberty National in New Jersey, eventually winning the opening foursomes 3.5-1.5

Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas led the way with a 6 & 4 thumping of Hideki Matsuyama and Charl Schwartzel in the top match, while their other big win came via Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who easily put away rookie duo Si Woo Kim and Emiliano Grillo 5 & 4.

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar edged out Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas 1up before Nick Price's Internationals put their first point on the board in Match 4.

Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen won all four matches together at the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea and the South African duo again found the perfect chemistry to defeat Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka 3 & 1.

The bottom match could have gone either way, with Aussie duo Jason Day and Marc Leishman fighting back from 3-down to lead Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner with two holes to play.

A bogey from the Internationals at 17 allowed the United States to pull level and Mickelson had a six-foot putt on 18 for the win. He couldn't convert, the match was halved and the Americans won the session by two points.

American captain Steve Stricker said: "We felt good about what happened out there as far as the points won, so it was a good day. It was a good start for us.

"The International Team I'm sure will come back, there's still a long, long way to go. But we very much liked the day and the way it started."

International captain Nick Price added: "Even though we're two points behind, it was one of our strongest starts in foursomes on Thursday, so the team is not discouraged at all. They are raring to go tomorrow and just hoping for some better weather for all of us."

The USA are now 1/1 to win the Presidents Cup, with the International Team 1/1 and the tie 1/1.

The contest continues with five fourball matches on Friday.

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