Thursday foursomes matches and analysis

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The 14th Presidents Cup kicks off Thursday afternoon at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

While Team USA is the favorite, the internationals will be looking for a solid start as they did three years ago in Australia, where they jumped the Americans, 4-1, on four balls before eventually losing their eighth Presidents Cup in a row. by two points.

First Five Four Matches (Alternate Shot). It is a format in which the Americans have outperformed their opponents, 71.5-31.5, in the past 10 editions.

The rest of the week looks like this: Friday – five four-ball matches; Saturday – four quads in the morning, four quads in the afternoon; Sunday – 12 singles matches. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on The Golf Channel.

Here are the pairs, matches, and tee times for Thursday’s opening quartet session (all times ET):

1:05 pm: Patrick Cantlay / Xander Schauffele (USA). Adam Scott / Hideki Matsuyama (INT)

US captain Davis Love III postponed the opening selection (this competition sways in match announcements) and international captain Trevor Immelman quickly declared his two most experienced players to be the first duo. The two have combined in 13 Presidents Cup matches and are 8-13-3 combined in a quad. As partners overall, they have a 1-3-1 record.

Love encounters a pair of good friends who achieve great results together in this format. Cantlay and Shaveli were 4-0 as a team (2019 President’s Cup, 2021 Ryder Cup) in an alternate shot. They also won the Zurich Team Classic event earlier this year.

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1:17 pm: Jordan Spieth / Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Songjae M / Cory Conners (International)

Spieth and Thomas have never been paired in this competition, but they do have a 4-2 record together in the Ryder Cup. Spieth is a perfect 5-0 in the Quartet Presidents Cup, while Thomas is 2-0-2.

She played in all five sessions on his first cup appearance in 2019, going 2-1-1 in the team parts. Connors is one of seven emerging players on this year’s international team. Both guys beat the tee, but Im has the best overall game.

1:29 pm: Cameron Young / Colin Morikawa (USA) vs. Tom Kim / KH Lee (International)

Captain Love said the players were chomping to play alongside Novice Young, and it was Morikawa who took the call. Young was second in last year’s Tour in two-strokes earned: from a tee (third in the distance). Morikawa finished third in the round in strokes earned: he came close to the green.

Kim and Lee are one of two pairs of apprentices to Captain Immelman. Both South Koreans won the Tour last season. His teammates praised Kim, 20, for helping him cement the bond. Meanwhile, Scott Lee described him as the most dominant player on the team during Quail Hollow’s expedition two weeks ago.

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1:41 pm: Scotty Sheffler / Sam Burns (US) vs. Se-Woo Kim / Cam Davis (International)

Schaeffler and Burns are both newbies to the President’s Cup, but they hardly look like newbies. In addition to being best friends, Schaeffler is number 1 in the world and Burns is 12th. Kim and Davis have 142 in the official rankings of world golf.

Burns and Davis have no experience in the Cup. Schaeffler won 2-0 in the Ryder Cup last year. Kim went 1-2-0 in the 2017 Presidents Cup.

1:53 pm: Tony Finau / Max Homa (US) vs. Taylor Pendrith / Mito Pereira (international).

During Homa’s cup appearances, Finau played for the last two US teams, going 0-1-3 in the ’19 Presidents Cup and 1-2-0 in the ’21 Ryder Cup.

Pendrith and Pereira are the second junior team on the away team. The Canadian Pendrith is a top hitter, ranking 9th in the Tour driving distance last season (322 yards). Chilean Pereira was 14 years oldThe tenth Al-Khidr hit the organization.

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