U.S. continues dominance; Phil closing in on Tiger


History repeated itself Thursday at the Presidents Cup, with the United States once again dominating the opening session to take an early 4-1 lead over the Internationals. Here are some key facts and figures from Day 1 in South Korea:

• A lead for the United States at the Presidents Cup is nothing new. Actually, Thursday marked the 22nd straight session after which the United States has led the overall competition. The last time the U.S. didn't lead after a session was heading into Sunday singles in 2005, when the sides were tied. Over that span, the U.S. leads in points, 106 ½ to 80 ½.

• With all that in mind, this is the fifth straight occassion the U.S. has led after the opening session. Out of the eight times the Americans have led after the opening session, they've gone on to win the Presidents Cup seven times.

• Individually, Bubba Watson improved 3-0-0 in his Presidents Cup foursomes career, while Phil Mickelson won his 11th foursomes match, tying Tiger Woods for the most all-time. Mickelson is only three wins behind Woods' all-time record of 24 victories. 

• International stalwart Adam Scott, who alongside Hideki Matsuyama lost to Watson and J.B. Holmes, fell to 4-8-1 lifetime in foursomes. Making his seventh Presidents Cup appearance, he is now two losses away from Ernie Els' all-time record of 18.

• After going 0-fer in the win column at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler finally picked up their first point as a duo with a 5-and-4 win over Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee. They're now 1-3-1 in international play.

• Lahiri and Jaidee, separately, each became the first player from their respective countries, India and Thailand, to play in the Presidents Cup.

• Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar's loss to Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace represented Reed's first loss in international play after he went an unbeaten 3-0-1 at Gleneagles.

• Unfortunately for the Internationals, Jason Day continues to struggle in foursomes, falling to 0-3-2. Thankfully, he's 4-2-0 in the other formats combined.

Information courtesy Golf Channel's Editorial Research Unit