Spieth and Patrick Reed defeated Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim, 5 and 4, as the United States jumped out to a 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead. The victory improved Spieth's record in foursomes - or alternate-shot matches - to 4-0-0, which is the most foursomes wins without a loss or tie in Presidents Cup history. Spieth and Reed are undefeated - 2-0-2 - in foursomes in Presidents and Ryder Cups combined.
The anti-Spieth is Charl Schwartzel of the International team. After he and Hideki Matsuyama lost, 6 and 4, to Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, Schwartzel's foursomes record in the Presidents Cup dropped to 0-5-1. Jason Day has experienced similar foursomes futility, going 0-4-3 in seven career foursomes matches.
Some other statistics from Day 1 at Liberty National:
• The U.S. has led after the first session eight previous times. It went on to win the cup all eight times.
• The U.S. has led after each of the last 27 Presidents Cup sessions.
• DJ improved his Presidents Cup foursomes record to 4-0-1.
• Scott tied Ernie Els' record for most Presidents Cup losses at 18.
Compiled with inforation provided by the Golf Channel Research Dept.