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Presidents Cup 2022: Breaking down Friday's four-ball pairings at Quail Hollow

September 22, 2022

Jared C. Tilton

CHARLOTTE — Trevor Immelman will send out an all-Australian and an all-Canadian pairing in the hopes his besieged International team can claw its way back into the Presidents Cup, after losing the first session 4-1 to “maybe the strongest American team ever assembled on paper.”

The star-studded American side won four matches during Thursday’s foursomes session to take a commanding lead at Quail Hollow. Cameron Davis and Si Woo Kim earned the only point for Internationals on Day 1, having defeated World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, 2 up.

Making the feat even more impressive was the fact that Kim and Davis were 3 down after seven holes. It was the first time since 2005 that the World No. 1 lost his first match at the Presidents Cup. Tiger Woods and Fred Couples lost in foursomes to Adam Scott and Retief Goosen at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia.

Immelman rewarded debutant Davis by pairing him with countryman Scott, who joined Hideki Matsuyama in being hammered, 6 and 5, by Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay on Thursday.

“For [Davis and Kim] to finish strong like that to eke out a point for us really is big psychologically,” Immelman said after making his pairings. “If we got whitewashed today, it would have been a tough pill to swallow.”

Davis and Scott will walk out first for the visitors Friday, and they’ll face a tough task in Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who will stay together after beating Corey Conners and Sungjae Im, 2 and 1, in foursomes.

U.S. captain Davis Love III didn’t split Scheffler and Burns despite the pair blowing their lead over Kim and Davis. The close friends will face off against Im and Sebastian Munoz, who Immelman rested on Thursday.

South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout was also rested on Day 1, but he’ll partner with Mito Pereira to take on Kevin Kisner and Cameron Young. The formidable duo of Cantlay and Schauffele will square off against Matsuyama and Tom Kim.

Rounding out the fourballs session will be Billy Horschel and Max Homa against Canadians Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith.

Immelman said the International team wouldn’t lick their wounds, rather will tuck into some South American cuisine and reset for the best-ball session.

“We’re looking forward to [South American food]; it’s been a long, long day. We’ll get back to the team room, have a little fun and regroup,” Immelman said. “The message [will] stay the same: play free.

“Nobody here expects us to win. We’ve got to have that belief, deep down. Go out there and fight. We’re up against maybe the strongest American team ever assembled on paper.”

Here is a closer look at Friday's five four-ball pairings at Quail Hollow: (all time eastern)

11:35 a.m.: Jordan Spieth-Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Adam Scott-Cam Davis (INT)
11:50 a.m.: Scottie Scheffler-Sam Burns (USA) vs. Sungjae Im-Sebastian Munoz (INT)
12:05 p.m.: Kevin Kisner-Cameron Young (USA) vs. Mito Pereira-Christiaan Bezuidenhout (INT)
12:20 p.m.: Patrick Cantlay-Xander Schauffele (USA) vs. Hideki Matsuyama-Tom Kim (INT)
12:35 p.m.:
Billy Horschel-Max Homa (USA) vs. Corey Conners-Taylor Pendrith (INT)

Quail Hollow Club
Quail Hollow Club
Charlotte, NC
Few golf course projects had more national attention in recent years than Quail Hollow, mainly because its front nine was redesigned just a year before it hosted the 2017 PGA Championship, won by Justin Thomas. The par-4 first and par-3 second holes were completely torn up, replaced by a new long dogleg-right par-4 opening hole. Several acres of pines to the left of the fifth tee were removed to make room for a new par-3 fourth. (With its knobby green fronted by three traps, it proved to be the most frustrating hole for pros in the 2017 PGA.) More pines were removed to the left of the par-4 11th, replaced by bunkers, and even more trees chopped down on a hill left of the par-4 18th to make room for money-making hospitality boxes. There’s no question that this latest remodeling, rushed though it was, improved the course. The course was also rerouted for the 2022 Presidents Cup.
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