Melbourne – International captain Ernie Els hailed his seven rookies after taking a 4-1 Presidents Cup lead on Thursday and the knowledgeable Louis Oosthuizen stated the veterans were feeding off the youngsters’ energy.
There was concern ahead of the biennial match play occasion at Royal Melbourne that the newbies might be overawed by the experience.
However it has actually shown to be the opposite, with the Internationals leading after the opening session for the very first time considering that 2005.
Among the first-timers, South Koreans Im Sung-jae and An Byeong-hun, along with Taiwan’s CT Pan and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer all tasted triumph in their maiden Presidents Cup matches.
The only beginner to lose was interesting Chilean 21- year-old Joaquin Niemann, teamed with Australia’s Marc Leishman, but the defeat was at the hands of 15- time major winner Tiger Woods and world No 4 Justin Thomas.
Two novices, China’s Li Haotong and Australian Cameron Smith, did not use Thursday.
” I believe a great deal of us are feeding off the energy. We have a terrific lot of rookies on the team,” stated Oosthuizen, who is playing in his fourth Presidents Cup.
” I have actually said this a few times – they are in fantastic kind, and seeing them play a practice round, us senior young boys are attempting to feed off their energy,” stated the South African.
” I was simply a guest today in a car enjoying Abe (Ancer) just playing unbelievable golf. So it was enjoyable to see him, how motivated and focused how was on the golf course, and we are all just in an excellent place,” he included.
International group 4 United States 1
Marc Leishman/Joaquin Niemann lost to Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas 4 & 3
Adam Hadwin/Im Sung-jae beat Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay 1-up
Adam Scott/An Byeong-hun beat Bryson DeChambeau/Tony Finau 2 & 1
Hideki Matsuyama/CT Pan beat Webb Simpson/Patrick Reed 1-up
Abraham Ancer/ Louis Oosthuizen beat Dustin Johnson/Gary Woodland 4 & 3
for Friday’s Presidents Cup second-round foursome matches in between the.
International and United States groups at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (International.
All SA times
Louis Oosthuizen/ Adam Scott v Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar – 02: 02
Adam Hadwin/Joaquin Niemann v Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay – 02: 15
Marc Leishman/Abraham Ancer v Webb Simpson/Patrick Reed – 02: 28
An Byeong-hun/Hideki Matsuyama v Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas – 02: 41
Im Sung-jae/Cameron Smith v Gary Woodland/Rickie Fowler – 02: 54
International: Li Haotong, CT Pan
US: Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau