U.S. earns fewest points in session since 2007


After a lopsided Day 1 at the Presidents Cup, the Internationals rallied Friday to cut the United States' lead to just one point, 5 ½ -4 ½, with a strong showing in fourballs. Here are some of the key facts and figures from Day 2 in South Korea:

• Unlike how the United States has historically dominated in the alternate shot, 41 ½ to 18 ½ since 2005, the better ball of partners has proven a much fairer fight. The U.S. lost 3 ½  of the 5 points available Friday, and over that same span, since 2005, leads in fourballs just 31-29.

• In fact, the 1 ½ points the Americans did secure Friday is the fewest they've picked up in any session since 2007.

• That said, the U.S. did maintain its overall lead, making this the 23rd consecutive Presidents Cup session after which the U.S. has held the advantage. The U.S. has not trailed at the close of a session since 2007.

• For the Internationals, Louis Oosthuizen and Brendan Grace improved to 2-0 in this year's matches, with Grace rebounding from a winless 0-4 record in 2013. Those two topped Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, the latter of whom has yet to win a fourball match in his Presidents Cup career in three attempts.

• Koreans Sangmoon Bae and Danny Lee earned their first Presidents Cup points when Bae buried a birdie putt on the 18th green to beat Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, 1 up. At no time during the match did Bae or Lee ever hold a lead. Fowler and Walker dropped to 1-4-1 as a team in international play.

• After missing Day 1 while battling illness, Charl Schwartzel briefly tied the Presidents Cup, 4-4, when he, along with partner Thongchai Jaidee, closed out Chris Kirk and Bill Haas on the 17th green. Kirk and Haas, who both sat on the bench Thursday, did not make a score better than par until Haas eagled No. 14. Jaidee earned his first career Presidents Cup point.

• Phil Mickelson, who was at the center of a rules controversy, halved his match with partner Zach Johnson against Adam Scott and Jason Day. It was Mickelson's 12th halve in his Presidents Cup career, three more than the next closest player, Vijay Singh.

• Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes reclaimed the lead for the United States in the last match to finish Friday. Together, they're 2-0 this week. Combined, they own a 9-2-1 record. Holmes is an undefeated 4-0-1.

Information courtesy Golf Channel's Editorial Research Unit