Well, it could have been worse for the International Team.
Nick Price's squad was getting torched for most of the first half of Thursday's four-ball matches at Muirfield Village but squeezed out a few matches at the end and only trails by one point (3.5 to 2.5) after the first day.
A mid-afternoon rain delay seemed to infuse them with some life, though and they proceeded to come back with some clutch wins at the very end.
Then Kuchar explained it after their match:
Woods and Kuchar never trailed, combining for seven birdies compared with just one for Cabrera and Leishman.
Woods was unusually candid after their victory.
"We ham and egged it pretty good," he said, referencing their ability to alternate birdies all day and give the US Team its first points of the week.
Here's a look at the rest of the matches:
Jason Day and
Adam Scott and
The pairing could only muster three total birdies on the day and Mickelson couldn't stop hitting it in the water. Not a large win from the International Team but a fairly stress-free one.
Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson defeat Richard Sterne and
"We ham and egged them," said Dufner.
Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth defeat Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge 1UP -- Spieth lost his mind after the rain delay, making multiple 20-foot and 30-foot putts to win and tie holes. But he needed Stricker to close the match out on the last hole with a great par and big point for the US Team.
De Jonge really carried his pairing as Els didn't make a birdie until No. 17 which is usually not the formula you want in a match play event.
So the US leads 3.5 to 2.5 after day one -- that has to be considered a slight win for the International side considering where they were at nearly halfway into the day, down in every match.
It's good news for the US Team as well, though. As Randall Mell pointed out the first day is usually a harbinger of things to come at the Presidents Cup.
The team that wins the first session has gone on to lose the Prez Cup just once (Internationals, '05).— Randall Mell (@RandallMellGC) October 3, 2013