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International team cautions historic Presidents Cup opening

MELBOURNE, Australia — It was a historic day for the International team, which took a 4-1 advantage after the opening day of Four-Ball at the 13th Presidents Cup. It’s the largest first-day advantage in the history of the event, but Aussie Adam Scott cautioned not to get overly excited about the start.

“It feels good,” Scott said. “We don’t know the results from here on out, but this is a great start. This is a very strong American team with a lot of depth. They can keep throwing at us every session from here on out and we’re going to have to keep throwing it back at them.”

Scott has emerged as the leader of the International squad, playing his eighth Presidents Cup on home soil. He teamed with Byeong Hun An of South Korea to beat Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau 2&1.

“The guys have done a fantastic job of getting themselves ready this week on our side,” Scott said. “Now we’re in it. Everybody got a taste for it. We look forward to getting out tomorrow and doing it all again.”


Rickie Fowler sat out the opening session of Four-Ball, but vows to be ready for Friday’s Foursomes, when he’ll team with Gary Woodland in the day’s last pairing. Fowler is the replacement for Brooks Koepka, who couldn’t compete because of an injury.

Fowler, who got married in October, was initially disappointed at not qualifying for the team and being one of the initial four captain’s picks. But it’s all good now.

“It was going to suck for me not being on the team because of how much I love the team aspect and how much I love Australia and the golf down here,” Fowler said. “But that’s on me. I didn’t make it on points. It was left up to Tiger [Woods] and the guys that made the team. We’re here now, so it doesn’t matter. I’m ready to go.”

Fowler has played in the past two Presidents Cups and has made four Ryder Cup appearances. He said he doesn’t feel any extra pressure replacing the World’s No. 1 player in this event.

“We all feel pressure,” Fowler said. “Everyone wants to play their best golf. Brooks would have been in the same position and live up to his World No.1 and play where he thinks he should play. But that applies to all of us. We put more pressure on ourselves than anyone else on the outside whether it’s fans, family or media. We all have high expectations. That’s why we’re out here doing what we do.”


As much as the American team praises Woods, they have plenty of respect for Ernie Els, the captain of the International team.

“If you take Tiger out of the equation, THE guy was probably Ernie,” Woodland said. “All the guys on the U.S. team look up to Ernie. He’s been a great friend to all of us. He lives in south Florida where most of us live. I’ve been around Ernie for a long time and it’s hard to find a better guy than Ernie. He looks after a lot of the younger guys, which is pretty cool.”


If you wanted a storyline you are hoping Patrick Reed gets matched against Cameron Smith somewhere along the way. It was Smith who called Reed a “cheater” over the incident in the waste bunker at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas last week, where Reed incurred a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie.

Smith didn’t play in the opening Four-Ball match, but will team with Sungjae Im on Friday against Woodland and Fowler.