Presidents Cup: USA in control against Internationals

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He was at the centre of a controversy on Saturday when a penalty imposed on him had the players shaking their heads in consternation over a "stupid" rule of golf.

The United States were threatening to run away with another Presidents Cup after a four-ball rout on Friday that left a worldwide team reeling and searching for answers.

A player must not (i) take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play or (ii) alter physical conditions with the intent of affecting the playing of a hole.

And it hasn't been pretty for Spieth and partner Patrick Reed thus far today. Trailing by one hole, Hoffman and Chappell turned the tide once again to go one-up with some great golf between 10th and 14th.

Els, who acted as one of Nick Price's assistant captains, was not shy about expressing a need for change, particularly when it comes to the role of the PGA Tour, which chooses venues, team selection criteria and even the naming of captains. So the infraction was enforced.

Spieth and Reed had triumphed despite Spieth's hotly-debated disqualification from the 12th hole.

The Americans' six-point lead is the biggest ever held after two days of the competition, which sees 30 points up for grabs over four days. Teammate Louis Oosthuizen was next to play, and he was putting for eagle. "They make putts; they hole shots". American fans were taunting Oosthuizen, cheering the ball as it kept rolling - it looked like it might bound into a nearby creek.

Day is still looking for his first full point in Presidents Cup foursomes (0-4-3). "But we have it under really great control", Trump said.

Instead, the clinching match fell to Berger, who had told Sky Sports in an interview Saturday, "Our goal from the minute we got here was to crush them as bad as we can".

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No one liked the ruling.

"It's more confidence for us than I think anything that they would be anxious about".

Berger and Kim headed down the 16th hole knowing the Cup was decided, the American receiving handshakes and back slaps from Tiger Woods and Fred Couples as confirmation it was all over. "He's just doing the courtesy thing". So this is not the way we'd like him to leave. On the 18th, Lahiri facing a four-footer - similar to the one he missed two years earlier in Korea - did not have to make it as the Americans conceded the par putt and the match. "It's kind of a stupid rule".

Lahiri rolled in a 16-foot birdie effort on the next hole to take the lead.

"Jordan said, no, that's the rule and that's how it is and don't worry about it", Oosthuizen said.

Said Grace, "If you get through that first layer, he really opens up and is a class guy and a character".

"They've found a system and it looks to me like the American team has got very invested in what they're doing in team events and I think there's something we can learn from that". It really is. A shame.

"So that was my fault and I felt like I let the guys down a lot".



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