The first five matches are set for the 2017 Presidents Cup, and as literally everyone expected, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are playing together. The U.S. side starts with some real firepower in the foursomes matches, and the internationals counter with some intriguing pairings as well.
Remember, the foursomes play on Thursday is alternate shot. So if Spieth hits the first drive on the first tee, Reed will hit the second shot, Spieth will hit the third and so on. Here is a look at the five matchups.
|Match||Time (ET)||U.S. Team||International Team|
Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler
Hideki Matsuyama, Charl Schwartzel
Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson
Adam Scott, Jhonattan Vegas
Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth
Si Woo Kim, Emiliano Grillo
Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka
Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace
Kevin Kisner, Phil Mickelson
Jason Day, Marc Leishman
Poor Grillo and Kim. They don't know what's about to hit them. They get one of the great players of all time ... and Jordan Spieth in front of a jazzed up New York crowd that will be out for blood.
That Day-Leishman matchup is something I would want no part of playing against, although I love seeing Kisner and Mickelson together. I think they have a real chance to win that match. Berger and Koepka is not something I thought we'd see, but I could see them running away 6 and 4 or something like that.
The U.S. should be favored in eery match except for maybe the final one, and I'd expect the points to play out like that. If you're the Americans, anything less than 3.5 points here going into Day 2 would be a disappointment.