Lahiri-Thongchai Lose, Americans Take 4-1 Lead at Presidents Cup
International team players Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand embrace as they walk down the first fairway during their foursome match. (Photo: AP)
International team players Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand embrace as they walk down the first fairway during their foursome match. (Photo: AP)

Lahiri-Thongchai Lose, Americans Take 4-1 Lead at Presidents Cup

They had a monumental task ahead of them and the Internationals seemed to crumble under pressure, losing four out of the five foursome events on the opening day of the Presidents Cup against the Americans.

The Internationals have won the event only once in the event’s 10 editions and tied once.

Anirban Lahiri lines up a putt on the first hole  during their foursome match at the Presidents Cup. (Photo: AP)
Anirban Lahiri lines up a putt on the first hole during their foursome match at the Presidents Cup. (Photo: AP)

From the moment the first pair of India’s Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand lost their match 5&4 to a sizzling Rickie Fowler and consistent Jimmy Walker, the Internationals were always on the back foot, barring when the South African duo of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen took out Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed 3&2.

We didn’t make a single birdie in 14 holes, and we hit 13 fairways. I mean, we only missed one fairway on 10 and we hit every fairway apart from that but did not make a birdie. So that tells you that we didn’t putt well, and that’s what you need.
– Anirban Lahiri

International team players Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace celebrate after defeating United States’ Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed 3 & 2. (Photo: AP)
International team players Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace celebrate after defeating United States’ Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed 3 & 2. (Photo: AP)

In the other matches, Bubba Watson and JB Holmes, who started of this year’s event, beat Adam Scott and a badly out-of-form Hideki Matsuyama 3&2, while the star pairing of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson convincingly rode over Danny Lee and Marc Leishman 3&2.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

Lahiri and Matsuyama will sit out for Friday’s Fourballs, while the Americans have kept their only losing duo, Reed and Kuchar out and brought in Bill Haas and Chris Kirk.