Presidents Cup: Usual suspects help Americans extend lead over Internationals after Friday four-ball session

The Americans Kisner and Young faced a tough foe in Bezuidenhout and Pereira, and the match ended in a tie. It was a back-and-forth affair with the Internationals taking the lead initially with a Bezuidenhout birdie to win the third only for the American side to respond with a birdie of its own a hole later. Young gave the Americans its first lead of the day at No. 7 stuffing his second at the par-5 inside 6 feet and making eagle. Bezuidenhout tied it again with a birdie at the ninth.

Pereira of Chile warmed up on the back nine, rolling in three straight birdies starting at No. 10, which gave his team a 1-up lead. The U.S squared the match with a par at 14. The final four holes were tied, with Young having a 25-foot putt slide by for the win.

“I think about halfway there, it looked pretty good, and then it just rolled by,” Young said. “I hit a good putt.”

The putters were especially cool on the back nine, where Kisner managed just two birdies and Young one.

“I didn’t have my game, and I was riding Cameron pretty hard there, trying to pitch in where I could fit in,” Kisner said. “We just didn’t make any putts all day to really gain the momentum and keep it rolling. They made a few to keep them alive. If we had putted better, I think we’d have a different result.” — Schupak

Team USA golfer Cameron Young hits out of the bunker on the fifth hole during the four-ball match play of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

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