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United States on brink of crushing Presidents Cup victory

01 October, 2017, 08:13 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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But while practice putts after a hole is completed are allowed at the Presidents Cup, such shots from a bunker are not and Lahiri was disqualified from playing the third hole. Still, the USA leads 14.5 to 3.5 going into the 12 singles matches on Sunday and needs just one point for its seventh-straight victory at this event. "To reciprocate late on the 18 hole, for them to give me that putt, that's the right spirit of the game and that's how we should play more, I don't think enough of that has happened this week". But the worldwide duo got hot late and ended up winning the match, 1 up.

It was a scene reminiscent of the 1999 Ryder Cup, when the US team stormed the 17 green after Justin Leonard holed a crucial putt with the Europeans still looking at a chance to match his effort.

It was a small consolation for an worldwide team battered into submission by the United States, who won six of eight matches yesterday, halved another and lost just their second match of the week.

"We've just come up against a juggernaut of an American team that has not put a foot wrong it seems like in three days", global captain Nick Price said.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed overcame a disputed rules controversy to beat Internationals Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen 2&1, while Justin Thomas and rookie Daniel Berger picked up a comfortable 3&2 victory against Hideki Matsuyama and Jhonattan Vegas.

Hoffman and Chappell were 1-up through 14, but Kim squared the match with a seven-foot birdie.

Chappell and Hoffman conceded Lahiri a short par putt on the last and the act of sportsmanship has left the Internationals with a tiny chance of winning all 12 singles for an unlikely victory.

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Lahiri followed with a 16-foot birdie putt to claim the 16th.

Tough round: United States' Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman lock arms in celebration as global competitors look on dejected.

"Obviously it's been a tough week for the team, so we were trying our hearts out," Lahiri said.

Matt Kuchar and Johnson's 4-and-3 win over the Canada's Adam Hadwin and Adam Scott of Australia was produced in a slightly different manner, with the Americans never trailing and using birdies on the seventh and ninth holes to make the turn 4-up.

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka overcame Marc Leishman and Branden Grace 3&2 to appear destined to seize the cup only for Lahiri and Kim to show great resilience against the partisan home support.

But the clutch shot wasn't even the best part.


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