Americans on cusp of early celebration at Presidents Cup

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He could afford a smile simply because he knows it could have been worse.

The tournament continues through Sunday at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. But it's insane. To be that good for that long and to have the reputation that he does, being that much of a leader, a role model in the team rooms ...

So, sure, he was living the blessed life of a multi-millionaire who plays golf for a living and, since he chopped off that prolific blond mullet he sported earlier in his career, he probably hasn't been recognized by anybody outside his own living room in years.

Trust and healthy competition is behind Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed's strong partnership at the Presidents Cup.

"I don't think anybody's pulled harder for Charley to be on this team - on any of these teams - than me, because he's so talented and he's such a great guy and he's so well liked and he's so fun to be around, " Mickelson said.

"We've been off to poor starts for a while on Thursdays", acknowledged Zimbabwe's Price, who is leading the Internationals for a third straight time.

"So the team is not discouraged at all". "This team is a unique team from any in the past in that the talent level is high or higher than we've ever had, and the camaraderie amongst each other on and off the course is a whole different environment". They went to a bash brothers' maneuver and then won by a massive 6&5 margin to get the first point of the day. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed banked another win for the USA a short time later in defeating South Korean Si-woo Kim and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo 5&4.

UPDATE No. 1 (7 a.m.): The first match on this long day is about ready, and it should be a good one!

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The long bombing group of Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas versus Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson never quite delivered the fireworks expected though was a close contest until the end.

"We hope he comes and he'll be welcomed by us and by our players", Monahan told the AP.

A trio of past Presidents of the United States of America attended the opening of the Presidents Cup, but there was one very notable absentee.

After starring for the Internationals during the Thursday foursomes, South African duo Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace lost 3-and-2 to Rickie Fowler and FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas. The Australian duo of Day/Leishman will once again draw Mickelson/Kisner Friday in a four-ball match.

The first pairing tees off at 11:35 AM on Friday.

But with eight points on offer in the double session (foursomes and four-ball) on day three, eight-time Internationals veteran Scott says his team aren't giving up just yet.

Johnson and Kuchar are unbeaten in four matches together, and they had to be at their best. Both teams bring a lot of rookies into the mix. "Really special day for us".

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