Internationals lead U.S. by 2 at Presidents Cup
The International team had the lead going into the final day of the Presidents Cup for the first time in 16 years, and it has a trio of rookies to thank for that.
Marc Leishman and unbeaten rookie Abraham Ancer staged a big rally Saturday afternoon in foursomes, going from 5 down with eight holes to play to earn an unlikely halve against Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.
Byeong Hun An and Joaquin Niemann never led in the final match and scratched out another half-point against Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau.
That gave the Internationals a 10-8 lead going into Sunday singles at Royal Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia, and a real chance to win the Presidents Cup for only the second time in its 25-year history.
“We’ve given ourselves a great shot to win the session tomorrow and win this cup,” said Adam Scott, who has been part of one tie and seven straight losses. “I think we’ve got to be pretty happy about that.”
The Americans finally showed some fight, even with captain Tiger Woods sitting out for both sessions. And the caddie of Patrick Reed might have shown too much fight. He confirmed in a statement to the Barstool Sports podcast “Foul Play” that he shoved a spectator who he felt got too close to Reed while cursing him.
Kessler Karrain, who’s also Reed’s brother-in-law, wasn’t on his bag for the final session.
Baseball: Fire broke at the future home of the Rangers, which is under construction in Arlington, Texas. Fire department officials said the blaze was brought under control and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.
College football: Navy used a trick play to help reverse a rare losing streak against Army and senior QB Malcolm Perry ran for a career-high 304 yards and two touchdowns in the No. 23 Mids’ 31-7 victory in Philadelphia. Navy (10-2) won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the 16th time and snapped a three-game losing streak to Army in the 120th game between the service academies. The Black Knights (5-8) were trying to win four straight games in the series for the first time since 1993 to 1996 . ... Boston College named Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley its next coach. Hafley, 40, replaces Steve Addazio, who was fired last month after going 44-44 in seven seasons. Colorado State hired Addazio last week to be its coach . ... Georgia sophomore RB James Cook was arrested early in the morning on charges of driving with an open container of alcohol and an invalid driver’s license.
Soccer: Mo Salah scored twice to lead Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over visiting Watford. With the victory and second-place Leicester’s 1-1 draw at home to Norwich, Liverpool extended its lead atop the English Premier League table to 10 points . ... Two-time defending La Liga champ and current leader Barcelona settled for a 2-2 draw against host Real Sociedad. Barca holds just a one-point lead over Real Madrid, which plays Valencia on Sunday.