2022 Presidents Cup scores, results, standings: United States doubles lead as Americans roll again on Day 2
, 2022-09-23 18:42:00,
The 2022 Presidents Cup is effectively over, and it has been for a while. And yet, even with the U.S. 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 obvious than in the final match on the course. Max Homa and Billy Horschel beat Taylor Pendrith and Corey Conners 1 UP to shut down Friday’s matches, and Homa hit the Canadians with a one-two cross that none of them will forget for a long, long time.
With four matches in the books and the Presidents Cup nowhere near in doubt (the U.S. is now a -10,000 favorite to win its ninth in a row), Homa sent the engraver to work with the 3-3 closing kick of his life and two emphatic fist pumps in front of — as he noted afterward — 10 of the best golfers he’s ever seen in his life.
What makes team golf so special, and why does even a rout engender drama? Why do I have chills on the Friday afternoon of a blowout? It’s a million-dollar (or hundred-million-dollar) question that doesn’t have a specific or clear-cut answer. The short response: Because players so rarely get to celebrate with anyone other than their caddies, a red, white and blue enveloping feels less like the small circle it is and more like a ticker tape parade in front of a lot of people you care about immensely.
The longer answer is probably a lot deeper and more complicated.
Regardless, Homa and Co. aren’t reflecting on any of that right now as the Americans take an 8-2 lead (tied for their biggest ever after two days) into Saturday’s eight matches and then on into Sunday singles. Davis Love III’s team will try and eclipse its record of 19 points scored back in 2017 after the matches moved from 34 total points to 30. Though that number is up in the air, whether the United States wins is not.
Nevertheless, there will be a handful more moments just like the one Homa experienced on the 18th green at Quail Hollow on Friday, and it will be a subtle reminder that team golf — at this level and in this way — has always been undefeated. It’s hard to imagine that ever changing.
Here is a breakdown of each match from Day 2 at the 2022 Presidents Cup.
2022 Presidents Cup scores, results
United States: 8 | International: 2
Day 2 — Four-ball — United States: 4 | International: 1
Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas
Adam Scott & Cameron Davis
Scottie Scheffler & Sam Burns
Sungjae Im &…
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