Team USA went into Friday's Four-Ball matches with a two point lead and that's how they left. Both the International and U.S. Teams won three matches on Friday and Team USA maintained their two point lead (7-5) heading into Saturday, the biggest day of the Presidents Cup.
(Friday Four-Ball Results via PGATOUR.com)
Watson & Simpson defeat Els & Ishikawa
For the second day in a row Bubba Watson & Webb Simpson went head to head with Ernie Els & Ryo Ishikawa and for the second day in a row Team USA took the points. Watson & Simpson won holes 6 and 7 to go 2up and never lost the lead despite being 1up for several holes on the back 9. Watson closed out the match with birdies on the 15th and 17th holes help USA to a 3&1 victory and a valuable point.
Baddeley & Day defeat Woods & Johnson
Tiger Woods made birdie on the fourth hole to give Team USA an early lead but that was as close as the Americans would get to victory. A par on the 8th hole by Jason Day squared the match and a birdie on the 13th hole by Baddeley was enough for the International Team to win the match 1up. Day & Baddeley remain undefeated as a team while Tiger Woods becomes the only American to not earn at least half a point in the 2011 Presidents Cup.
Mickelson & Furyk defeat Scott & Kim
It looked like Mickelson & Furyk would make quick work of Scott & Kim early on. The American veterans won holes three and four to go 2up early and added the 8th hole to go 3up after 9. Scott & Kim made things interesting by winning 12th and 16th holes get to 1-down but a birdie by Furyk on the 17th was enough for Team USA to win the match 2&1.
Ogilvy & Choi defeat Haas & Watney
Back to back birdies by Geoff Ogilvy on the 5th and 6th holes gave the International Team a 2up lead early. Ogilvy, a member at Royal Melbourne, was facing Haas and Watney for the second straight day after halving the match on Thursday. Bill Haas gave Team USA some life when he birdied the 9th and made an eagle on the 11th to square the match. The comeback didn't last long as Ogilvy made par on the 12th hole to put the International Team 1up, which is how the match ended.
Kuchar & Stricker defeat Yang & Allenby
Matt Kuchar left no doubt who the best player on the course was on Thursday. His impressive birdie putt on the 3rd hole gave Team USA an early lead. He followed it up with a par on the 5th and another impressive birdie on the 6th to help the Americans go 3up. Allenby's birdie on the 7th cut into the lead but Kuchar answered the bell by making birdie on 12 and 15 to close out the match 4&3.
Goosen & Schwartzel defeat Mahan & Toms
Retief Goosen struck early in this match when he birdied the 2nd and made par on the 3rd to give the International Team a 2up lead. Schwartzel added a to the lead with a birdie on the 11th hole to go 3up and help put away the Americans. Toms made par on the 14th hole to bring his team a hole closer but it wasn't enough as the International Team won 2&1.
Team USA will carry their 7-5 lead in Saturday mornings Foursomes matches with five points on the line. Stricker and Watney will sit out for Team USA while Kim and Yang will rest for the International Team.