2022 Presidents Cup Scores, Results, Standings: United States Doubles Lead as Americans Roll Again on Day 2

The 2022 Presidents Cup is basically over, and has been for a while. And yet, even with the US leading the international team 8-2 after two days of play, Friday afternoon’s four-ball action at Quail Hollow Golf Club was about as much fun as golf gets.

That’s the power of team golf, and nowhere was it more apparent than in the last game on the course. Max Homa and Billy Horschel defeated Taylor Pendrith and Corey Conners 1 UP to close out Friday’s games, and Homa hit the Canadians with a one-two cross that none of them will forget for a long, long time.

With four games on the books and the Presidents Cup nowhere in doubt (the US is now a -10,000 favorite to win the ninth straight), Homa sent the engraver to work with the 3-3 final kick of his life and two emphatic fist pumps for – as he later noted – 10 of the best golfers he’s ever seen in his life.

What makes team golf so special, and why does even defeat cause drama? Why do I have Friday afternoon chills from a blowout? It’s a million dollar (or hundred million dollar) question that has no specific or clear answer. The short answer: Because players are so rarely able to celebrate with anyone other than their caddies, a red-white-blue shroud feels less like the little circle it is and more like a tickertape parade to a lot of people you care about immensely.

The longer answer is probably a lot deeper and more complicated.

Anyway, Homa and Co. don’t think about that right now, as the Americans take an 8-2 lead (after two days tied for their biggest ever) in Saturday’s eight games and then in singles on Sunday. Davis Love III’s team will try to surpass the record 19 points scored in 2017 after their games went from 34 points in total to 30. While that number is up in the air, the question of whether the United States will win is not.

Nevertheless, there will still be a handful of moments like the one Homa experienced on the 18th green in Quail Hollow on Friday, and it will be a subtle reminder that team golf – at this level and this way – has always been undefeated. It’s hard to imagine that ever changing.

Here’s a rundown of every day 2 match of the 2022 Presidents Cup.

2022 Presidents Cup results, results

United States: 8 | International: 2

Day 2 — Four Ball — United States: 4 | International: 1

1

Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas

2&1

Adam Scott & Cameron Davis

2

Scottie Scheffler & Sam Burns

BE BOUND TO

Sungjae Im & Sebastian Munoz

3

Cameron Young & Kevin Kisner

BE BOUND TO

Mito Pereira & C. Bezuidenhout

4

Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele

3&2

Hideki Matsuyama & Tom Kim

5 Billy Horschel & Max Homa 1 UP Corey Conners & Taylor Pendrith

Match 1: Spieth/Thomas 2&1 over Scott/Davis

A slow start was ultimately the downfall of the Australian partnership. With just one birdie between them two through eight holes, the international team stood 3 Down early. Around the turn, the quality of golf went up as birdie after birdie.

Scott pruned and led to 2 Down with a par-breaker on the par-4 ninth, then the two teams traded birdies on the next three holes—without drawing any blood. The Americans were 7 down on their own ball to 13 and added to the tally when Thomas hit one of the week’s shots as he nearly made the par-3 14th.

Extending their lead to 3 UP, a brave par from Spieth on the 15th saw this match go dormie before an emphatic birdie from his knife ended the match on the 17th. With the win, Thomas became the first player in Presidents Cup history to start his four-ball career 5-0-0.

Match 2: Burns/Scheffler TIED Munoz/Im

This was easily the afternoon’s game as the birdies flew. Burns got the party started when he connected seventh from 80 feet in front of eagle on the par-5. He added a birdie on the ninth and then another on the 10th to take a 2 UP lead as he and Scheffler played their first 10 holes in 5 under.

Only then did the real fireworks begin. Im and Munoz tried their hardest to equalize but were met at every turn by the American duo. The internationals played Nos. 11-16 in 6 under — taking all the rabbits out of their hats — but could only pick up one hole.

The tide finally turned when both Burns and Scheffler ran into problems on 17th and allowed the internationals to tie the game. With pars from Scheffler and Im on the closing hole, the second game ended in a draw.

Match 3: Young/Kisner TIED Bezuidenhout/Pereira

Neither team had a lead of more than 1 UP all afternoon. Feeling each other, successive birdies from the internationals around the corner saw them take the lead towards the back nine. They held onto it before a bogey on the 14th par-3 allowed the US to tie the game. Despite some late drama, it stayed that way until the end, resulting in the second draw of Day 2.

Match 4: Cantlay/Schauffele 3&2 over Matsuyama/Kim

Kim’s American name may be a reference to a train, but the only one in this match was the runaway version of Cantlay and Schauffele. After smothering Scott and Matsuyama on Day 1, the two were back into four-ball. A perfect ham and egg recipe, Schauffele connected with a few birdies before giving way to Cantlay.

Marked by an eagle on the par-5 seventh, the US led again with 4 UP to seven, just like Thursday. This time they left no doubt as another birdie on eighth choked Kim and Matsuyama before the quartet even made the turn. The international side caught their breath late in the back nine with victories over Nos 14-15, but delayed their inevitable defeat.

After going 0-2-0 in fourball at Royal Melbourne, Cantlay and Schauffele took their first win together in this format in the Presidents Cup.

Match 5: Horschel/Homa 1 UP over Conners/Pendrith

The telecast called this match a “pillow fight” and I have no qualms with that rating for the front nine. The Americans made six straight pars from the gate and that was enough to take a 2 UP lead early on. They took that exact margin to the back half where it disappeared thanks to Conners birdies on the par-4 11th and par-4 13th.

After exchanging birdies on the par-5 16th, the game’s first big moment came on the 17th green. With Pendrith’s birdie bid coming true, Homa stepped up and changed his gaze from 10 feet high as Horschel cheered.

It felt like that alone would be good enough to secure a full point for the US, but Pendrith had other ideas. With the spotlight on the final game on the 18th green, the great Canadian delivered a rare birdie, which was matched moments later by Homa. The California boy finished birdie-birdie to secure a second straight 4-1 session win and an 8-2 lead for the Americans — equaling the largest margin in two sessions in Presidents Cup history.

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