INCHEON, South Korea – If this Presidents Cup turns out to be a turning point for an International team that has won the event just once in 10 tries, history may trace this year’s comeback to Friday’s opening fourball match.
While the South African duo have played some of the International side’s best golf this week, Spieth and Johnson did not on Friday.
The world Nos. 1 and 8 combined to make just two birdies, and none on the closing nine, for their first loss this week.
“We both played very poor rounds of golf and we didn't have many chances, so it was Merry Christmas to the other guys,” Spieth said.
Still, U.S. captain Jay Haas didn’t seem to lose any confidence with his high-profile twosome. He will send Spieth and Johnson back out Saturday morning in the last foursome match to play Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel.
“You know, Jordan said, ‘Look, Dustin and I usually make five birdies a round and we made two.’ So they are due, I guess you would say,” Haas said. “They certainly don't feel like they have lost anything. They haven't lost their games or whatever. I feel confident that they will play well in the morning.”