Presidents Cup 2019: The USA's momentum-changing fightback in Melbourne
The United States were staring at a huge deficit at the Presidents Cup before a momentum-changing final 90 minutes in Melbourne.
The Internationals led all five foursomes matches not long after 14:00 local time (03:00 GMT) at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Friday.
That would have sent the USA into the weekend trailing 9-1, but instead they rallied and finished the day behind 6.5 - 3.5.
The turnaround could be what Tiger Woods' team needed in their bid for an eighth straight Presidents Cup title.
Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele and Woods/Justin Thomas grabbed wins, while Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland halved a match they trailed for almost the entire day.
We take a look at how the USA's fightback unfolded.
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Cantlay clutch to lift the USA
Cantlay and Schauffele trailed through 14 holes against Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin, but they produced the first late rally.
A birdie at the par-five 15th brought the USA level after Schauffele put an approach to within three feet.
But the big moment came at 18, where Cantlay holed a 14-footer for birdie and a key point.
Tiger, Thomas fight back
Woods and Thomas were 1down through 12 in what had been a tight battle with Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An.
Thomas' approach and Woods' 10-footer for birdie tied the match before the 2017 US PGA Championship winner stepped up big time on the last.
The world number four sunk a 17-foot birdie putt to get the USA another victory.
Fowler, Woodland respond for a half
Fowler and Woodland had trailed from the opening hole against Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae and were still behind through 16.
However, a birdie at the 17th tied the match as Fowler holed a four-footer after Woodland's superb approach, denying the Internationals a victory they looked certain to secure all day.Published 13 Dec 2019, 10:58 IST