Internationals storm back in Presidents Cup

Fri Oct 9, 2015 4:58am EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - The Internationals produced a stirring fightback on day two of the Presidents Cup, cutting the United States' lead to a single point, with South Korean Bae Sang-moon grabbing a crucial win for his team by holing a pressure-packed putt on the last.

Trailing 4-1 from the opening day's foursomes, International skipper Nick Price needed a strong start in Friday's four-balls and got just that from Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, who beat world number one Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson 4&3.

More blue went on the board when Thongchai Jaidee and Charl Schwartzel beat Bill Haas and Chris Kirk 2&1, while Bae and New Zealander Danny Lee scored a thrilling victory over Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker on the 18th hole.

J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson got the Americans' only win of the day, beating Marc Leishman and Steven Bowditch 2 up, while Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson settled for a half point against Jason Day and Adam Scott.

The main talking point from that match, however, was the penalties imposed on the Americans on the seventh hole after Mickelson changed the type of ball he was playing.

Officials disqualified Mickelson from the hole, a decision they later conceded was incorrect, but then added insult to injury by hitting the United States with a one-hole penalty.

With Day winning that hole to put the Internationals one up in the match, they suddenly found themselves two ahead after the penalty was imposed on the Americans before the eighth.

Mickelson was reluctant to cast blame on the rules officials and said the responsibility lay with himself.   Continued...

International team members Louis Oosthuizen (L) and Branden Grace of South Africa celebrate their point against U.S. team members Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson on the 14th hole during the four ball matches of the 2015 Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, October 9, 2015.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai