Tiger watches the United States comeback from the barrier

El Tigre did not play on the third day, which ended with the gap that had opened the international team reduced to two points before the singles.


"The wolf is coming," the players of the international team must have thought at times when the United States got ahead, in some cases with loose advantages, in the four foursomes matches on Saturday in the President's Cup. Voluntarily on the sidelines, exercising this time only the work of captain, watched the action at the Royal Melbourne Tiger Woods, which did not play in any of the two sessions of the day.

"I have to do my best for the team," said Tigre despite having won the two points he has played so far, matching with 26 the record for victories Phil Mickelson had so far alone. And the truth is that the American Dream Team that has traveled to Australia did well. After flirting with the debacle in Friday's foursomes, which ended with 6.5-3.5 in favor of the internationals, they will reach Sunday's singles, definitively, with a 10-8 that leaves hope to face a comeback never seen before in the 25 years of competition history.

In the morning it was the turn of the fourballs (one ball per player), who again stretched the advantage of the international team with the victories of Ancer (three points and a draw in his debut for the promising Mexican) and Im on Cantlay and Schauffele (3 & 2), and Pan and Matsuyama on Reed (he has been defeating five teams in a row, counting the Ryder last year and will not be able to take his usual caddy this Sunday, locked in a brawl with an amateur who has earned him a PGA fridge) and Simspon (5 & 3). The United States only added by means of Fowler and Thomas, 3 & 2 to Li and Leishman, and Finau and Kuchar tied with Scott and An.

It was in the foursomes, a modality that has always smiled at the Americans on this date, when the possible comeback began to take shape. Cantlay and Schauffele knocked down Im and Smith (2 & 1) and Woodland and Dustin Johnson liquidated Scott and Oosthuizen, a duo in principle better avenue at the moment (2 & 1). We could be talking about a 10-10 if it weren't because Ancer and Leishman, on the one hand, and Niemann and An, on the other, held on to a burning nail to recover important disadvantages and tie their respective matches against Fowler and Thomas and Finau and Kuchar

"At times it seemed that the advantage was going to escape and the boys played with a lot of courage. I can not be more proud and happy for them. We have seen an incredible golf at times. I take off my hat," said Ernie Els, captain of the international hosts, at the end of the session. Happiness was shared. That of some, because of their Numantine defense; that of others, for their courage looking for an unprecedented comeback. This Sunday the air can be cut with a knife.



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