Presidents Cup 2022: Breaking down Saturday afternoon's four-ball pairings
CHARLOTTE — Davis Love III didn’t waste any time getting his power pairing back into action. The U.S. Presidents Cup captain immediately installed Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele into the first four-ball match Saturday afternoon at Quail Hollow Club.
He then followed up with his other top combo, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who are 3-0 this week after their decisive 4-and-3 foursomes victory Saturday morning over Sungjae Im and Corey Conners.
The U.S. leads the International team 10-4 after a split of the four morning foursomes matches and needs just 5½ more points to retain the Presidents Cup.
Here are the pairings for this afternoon:
12:10 p.m. — Si Woo Kim/Tom Kim (INT) vs. Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA)
Finally, a little bit more imagination from International captain Trevor Immelman with the pairing of Korean players for the first time. Tall task, however, going up against an American team that hasn’t lost since Saturday afternoon four-ball in the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia. Tom Kim will be coming off a comeback victory with K.H. Lee over Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns in Saturday morning foursomes. Si Woo Kim also has a win (with Cam Davis) over the duo in Thursday's foursomes.
12:25 p.m. — Hideki Matsuyama/Taylor Pendrith (INT) vs. Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth (USA)
More shuffling of the deck with the new pairing of the veteran Matsuyama with the rookie Pendrith, who lost in four-ball Friday afternoon with fellow Canadian Conners. Matsuyama finally got on the board in Saturday morning foursomes, winning alongside Adam Scott. Thomas and Spieth are rolling.
12:40 p.m. — Sungjae Im/Sebastian Munoz (INT) vs. Tony Finau/Kevin Kisner (USA)
Finau is a birdie machine, so it was a bit of a surprise he sat in four-ball yesterday, while Kisner is playing four-ball for the second day in a row after getting a half-point with rookie Cameron Young on Friday. Finau enjoyed a 4-and-3 win with Max Homa in morning foursomes. Im and Munoz earned a half-point on Friday afternoon against Scheffler and Burns.
12:55 p.m. — Adam Scott/Cam Davis (INT) vs. Billy Horschel/Sam Burns (USA)
Scott should be feeling better about his win with Matsuyama earlier in the day and will go out for the first time with a different partner, fellow Australian Cam Davis, who is 1-2 in his debut thus far. Burns will join Thomas and Spieth as Americans who will play in all five matches while Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world, gets a breather after struggling for much of the week–and has a shanked iron shot to prove it.
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