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Kim Si-woo earns lone point for Internationals as U.S. builds early lead at Presidents Cup

All News 08:18 September 23, 2022

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- Only one of four South Korean golfers grabbed a point for the International Team on the first day of the Presidents Cup, as the United States jumped out to an early lead at the match play competition on home soil.

Kim Si-woo teamed up with Cam Davis of Australia to defeat world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns 2-up in their foursome match at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday (local time).

Kim is one of a record contingent of four South Koreans at the biennial event, which pits non-European international players against Americans. Kim is playing at his second Presidents Cup.

In this EPA photo, South Korean Kim Si-woo of the International Team celebrates his birdie putt on the 16th green during the foursome match against Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns of the United States at the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 22, 2022. (Yonhap)

Another two-time President Cup contestant from South Korea, Im Sung-jae, played with Corey Conners of Canada, but they lost to Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas 2 & 1.

Two rookies from South Korea, Kim Joo-hyung and Lee Kyoung-hoon, lost to Cameron Young and Collin Morikawa by the same score.

The point by the Kim-Davis tandem, fuelled by a late charge, was the only one for the International Team on Day 1, with the U.S. winning the other two matches to build a commanding 4-1 lead.

In foursomes, partners each take a turn to hit shots for their team. On Friday, teams will play fourball matches, where each player hits their own ball and the better score of the two becomes that pair's score.

Each match victory is worth a point, and a tie is worth a half point.

In this Getty Images photo, Cam Davis of Australia (L) and Kim Si-woo of South Korea celebrate their win at the 16th hole for the International Team during their foursome match against Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns of the United States at the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 22, 2022. (Yonhap)

This is the 14th edition of the Presidents Cup, which began in 1994. The U.S. has won 11 of them, while taking just one loss and settling for a tie in the other. The Americans are heavily favored to extend their current winning streak to nine competitions.

Kim and Davis lost the opening hole in their match but responded right away by winning the second hole with a par. Scheffler and Burns took the third hole with a birdie, and consecutive birdies at sixth and seventh holes gave them a 3-up lead.

Kim Joo-hyung (L) and Lee Kyoung-hoon, two South Korean teammates for the International Team, walk off the 16th green during their foursome match against Cameron Young and Collin Morikawa of the United States at the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 22, 2022. (Yonhap)

Davis then sank a birdie putt on the eighth hole to cut that lead to 2-up. A birdie at the par-five 12th shaved that deficit in half, though Scheffler's birdie at the 13th restored a 2-up lead for the Americans with five holes to play.

Then Kim and Davis caught fire, as they won the final four holes to secure a crucial victory. The duo only needed a par to win the 15th hole, where the Americans had a double bogey, and a birdie at the 16th by Kim leveled the score.

Another birdie at the 17th put the International side 1-up, and they closed things out with a par at the 18th, while the Scheffler-Burns duo had a bogey.

In this UPI photo, Im Sung-jae (L), a South Korean member of the International Team, stands alongside Choi Kyoung-ju, a South Korean assistant captain, during the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 22, 2022. (Yonhap)

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