Presidents Cup 2017: How did Fowler, Thomas top International Team's unstoppable duo?

Anirban Lahiri of India and the International Team plays a shot during practice rounds prior to the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City New Jersey

Anirban Lahiri of India and the International Team plays a shot during practice rounds prior to the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City New Jersey

At one point of the day the worldwide team led three of the five matches and looked likely to haul itself back into the contest.

Only South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace prevented a US sweep when they halved their match with Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.

World number four Thomas, coming off a season that included a first major among five wins and the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff title, is playing in his first Presidents Cup. Live coverage continues on Saturday behind the red button from 1.00pm and uninterrupted from 5.00pm.

Aussie Adam Scott will team with Canada's Adam Hadwin against world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and veteran Matt Kuchar. "It was just one of those - keep it in play. fight, fight 'til the end".

No one in the American team room is willing to get ahead of themselves at this point, but Jim Furyk, the captain of next year's Ryder Cup squad that will travel to Paris looking to win back-to-back matches for the first time since 1993, would be forgiven if he allowed himself a moment to imagine the possibilities.

Hoffman and Chappell, who sat out Thursday's opening foursomes, were 3-UP after four holes before birdies at the eighth and ninth saw them hit the turn with a five-hole advantage.

Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama were the only pair who managed to halt their dominance after halving with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

This rematch from Friday's four-ball session was the most competitive match of the morning.

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A series of errors left the match all square going into the 18th hole, where Mickelson missed a short putt, leaving both teams with half a point. To get a half out of it was probably disappointing, but also pleasing.

Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell cruised to a 6&5 victory over Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri on their debuts in the event.

Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner will take on Australians Marc Leishman and Jason Day on Friday in a reprise of a tense foursomes match that ended halved.

Needing to mount an early charge to battle back into contention, the global team instead got the day off to a foreboding start when Leishman sent his opening tee shot into the water in the alternate shot event handing Spieth and Reed a 1-up lead.

In amongst that he virtually left Schwartzel one-out against the Americans with a string of bad shots.

Price will hope a big performance from Day and Leishman in the top match can spark something from those players following on later in the session and in the afternoon.

The task won't be easy, though, as Spieth has never lost a foursomes match in the Presidents Cup (4-0-0). Vegas birdied the next hole from 35 feet, and that's when Johnson took over.

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