Jon Rahm moved into a five-way share of the lead when the second round of The Masters was completed and Bryson DeChambeau only just avoided missing the cut on Saturday.

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith topped the leaderboard after completing 36 holes before play was halted in fading light at Augusta on Friday.

Rahm holed a short birdie putt when he resumed at the 13th hole to join that quartet and the world number two remained at nine under after signing for a 66 following five consecutive pars.

The composed Spaniard chipped in from the edge of the green at 15 to remain a joint-leader of a major that is finely poised on moving day.

DeChambeau was in danger of making an early exit, but sneaked in for the rest of the weekend by the skin of his teeth, moving just about the cut line despite finishing with back-to-back bogeys to sign for a 74.

Pre-tournament favourite DeChambeau, who revealed a COVID-19 test he took after playing on Friday as he was feeling dizzy came back negative, faced an anxious wait to see if the cut line would be moved but the U.S. Open champion was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Patrick Reed moved into the top 10 after heading back out for an early start, picking up a couple of shots to sit in contention on eight under with a second successive four-under 68.

Defending champion Tiger Woods is just four shots off the pace on a congested leaderboard following a second round of 71, a birdie at 15 moving him on to five under.

Justin Rose, the leader at the end of a weather-affected first day, carded a two-under 70 and is two shots adrift of the leaders.

 

Justin Thomas said you have to "throw all past knowledge out the window this week" as the American star eyes his first Masters title.

Thomas, world number one Dustin Johnson, Masters debutant Abraham Ancer and Australian Cameron Smith are all nine under through 36 holes at Augusta.

Former world number one Thomas claimed the 2017 US PGA Championship, though he has never won the Masters – last year's 12th-place finish his best performance to date.

Thomas has improved in every Masters appearance since 2016, but the 2020 edition is like no other after the iconic major was rescheduled from its original April start to November in Georgia amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After carding a second-round 69, Thomas told reporters: "I know the golf course, I know what to do, what not to do. I know the subtle nuances. I just simply haven't executed it and performed it well. 

"You have to really throw all past knowledge out the window this week, as weird as it is. I had a chip on 15 this morning to that front pin that usually would be just brutal and really, really hard to hit close, and I had to trust that I just kind of had to gas it and hit it pretty hard and it was going to spin. Balls are making pitchmarks with chip shots and pitch shots. 

"A lot of the history and things that you know about the golf course, it can sometimes hurt you this week because of what you're used to. But at the end of the day, it is a lot softer and a lot more scorable, obviously, but it really has just come down to executing a little bit better and minimising the mistakes."

Asked how difficult it is to throw away that past history and knowledge and trust the now and new conditions, Thomas said: "It's really hard… it is weird, but everyone's dealing with it. It's not like I'm the only one that has to adjust or make or may be uncomfortable in certain situations. The entire field is dealing with the same thing."

Ancer enjoyed a fine second round, the Mexican signing for a five-under-par 67 to earn a share of the overnight lead.

He is trying to become the second Mexican player to win in as many weeks on the PGA Tour, after Carlos Ortiz claimed last week's Houston Open.

Asked about his Masters invitation, Ancer said: "It was awesome. I actually have it framed in my house, so it's right there in my living room, and it's something that I dreamt since I was a little kid to play here. I was really, really excited to be here my first time ever, I've never been to the tournament or watched, anything, was last week. I played with a member, Nick Evans, awesome, I couldn't have picked a better guy well, I'm lucky he picked me, I guess. I didn't pick anybody. 

"It's been amazing, and I know maybe it's not the same as in April, but I mean, it's incredible and I love it out here, I love the golf course, and I think this is probably one of my favourite places in the world."

Smith (68) added: "It's obviously good to be in contention on a weekend, and I feel like I've been there enough where I can have a good crack at it."

Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm share the lead after the Tour Championship first round as Rory McIlroy made a strong start.

Johnson, the FedEx Cup leader ahead of the season-ending event, carded a three-under 67 in the opening round at East Lake on Friday.

The American started the tournament atop the leaderboard at 10 under, but his lead is already gone in Atlanta.

Johnson is joined at 13 under by Rahm, who opened with a 65 just days after his incredible win at the BMW Championship.

Rahm beat Johnson in a thrilling play-off at Olympia Fields Country Club and the stars are placed to battle for the $15million prize.

Johnson was even through 11 holes before making birdies at 12, 13 and 15, while Rahm also found form on the back nine with four birdies in five holes beginning at 12.

Justin Thomas, third when the event started, is still in that place after a four-under 66, sitting two strokes back.

But defending FedEx Cup champion McIlroy produced the equal best round of the day to charge into contention.

The Northern Irishman fired a six-under 64 that included three straight birdies to finish as he moved into nine under.

McIlroy came from fifth in the overall standings to win the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup last year.

The other player to shoot a 64 was Abraham Ancer, who climbed into seven under and outright fifth.

Runner-up to McIlroy last year, Xander Schauffele (67) is tied for sixth at six under, alongside Brendon Todd (67), Im Sung-jae (68) and Webb Simpson (70).

Marc Leishman (66), Tyrrell Hatton (67), Lanto Griffin (67) and Daniel Berger (69) are a shot further back.

US PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa fell back to a tie for 14th after a 71, while Bryson DeChambeau is tied for 18th after his 72.

Webb Simpson claimed his second PGA Tour victory of 2020 with a one-stroke win at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.

The American carded a seven-under 64 in the final round at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina to add to his success at the Phoenix Open in February.

Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, has won multiple times in the same year for the first time since 2011.

The runner-up at the tournament in 2013, Simpson made five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, with the final round having been stopped for almost three hours due to weather.

Simpson broke Brian Gay's tournament-record score of 20 under set in 2009 with his 22-under 262.

"It was a crazy day. Honestly, I'm speechless right now," Simpson told CBS.

"It looked like we weren't going to finish, but we went back out, the Tour did a great job of getting us out there pretty quickly, we only had a 20-minute warm-up and it was a long day on the golf course as well.

"I didn't really get it going until 12 and then the putts started going in and I was getting confident and it's amazing to be standing here right now."

Simpson finished one shot clear of Abraham Ancer (65), while Daniel Berger (65) and Tyrrell Hatton (66) were tied for third at 20 under.

Sergio Garcia (65) and Joaquin Niemann (65) were tied for fifth at 19 under, a shot ahead of Brooks Koepka (65).

Justin Thomas and Dylan Frittelli surged with brilliant rounds of 63 and 62 respectively as they ended up in a six-way tie at 17 under.

World number one Rory McIlroy endured another difficult Sunday, posting a one-under 70 to finish tied for 41st.

Andrew Landry held his nerve at the critical moment to claim a second PGA Tour title at The American Express on Sunday.

The 2018 Texas Open champion birdied the final two holes to salvage a five-under 67 in the fourth round and finish two shots ahead of Abraham Ancer (63) in California.

Landry began the fourth round level in a tie for first with Scottie Scheffler and initially looked set to cruise clear of the chasing pack as his compatriot stumbled through the opening six holes.

Three successive bogeys beginning at the 13th allowed the surging Ancer to erase a six-shot deficit, but Landry resisted the challenge after making par at the 16th.

He converted two excellent tee shots into a pair of birdies to close out the tournament at 24 under.

The win will help to erase Landry's memories of his playoff defeat against Jon Rahm on the Stadium Course at PGA West two years ago.

The 32-year-old told reporters: "I had good swing thoughts coming down the stretch. Just got the job done.

"I mean, I think the biggest shot of the tournament was the one on 17."

Scheffler (70) finished a stroke behind Ancer, while Bud Cauley (65) and Sepp Straka (66) shared a tie for fourth.

Another American, Rickie Fowler, finished in a four-way tie for 10th after following his third-round 70 with a disappointing one-under 71.

The United States completed a record comeback to clinch an eighth consecutive Presidents Cup at the expense of the Internationals following a lopsided singles session.

No team had ever won the Presidents Cup after trailing at the start of the final round, with Tiger Woods' USA 10-8 adrift of the Internationals heading into the deciding day in Melbourne.

But the USA made history as they sensationally rallied past Ernie Els' Internationals in Sunday's singles for a 16-14 win at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

The Internationals, who were dreaming of a first Presidents Cup since 1998 having kept the USA at bay for three days, had to win the final three matches just to tie the 13th edition of the tournament in a tense finale.

However, the Internationals could only manage one as the USA collected eight points - a joint singles record - to defy the odds and see off the challenge. 

Woods wanted to lead from the front after teeing off for the USA in the opening match of 12 singles, and the record-breaking American did just that.

Having watched from the sidelines on Saturday, playing captain Woods produced another masterclass to blitz Abraham Ancer 3 and 2.

Woods, the youngest captain at 43, made it three wins from three at this year's event to surpass Phil Mickelson for most Presidents Cup match victories with 27 in total.

That set the tone for the USA as Dustin Johnson followed suit by collecting another point to level the Presidents Cup at 10-10 - the former world number one easing past Li Haotong 4 and 3.

Red continued to dominate the leaderboard as American villain Patrick Reed broke through for his first win of the tournament. Without his usual caddie following a fan altercation on Saturday, Reed steamrolled C.T. Pan 4 and 2 thanks to eight birdies.

A tough day for the Internationals saw Hideki Matsuyama squander a 4up lead to tie with Tony Finau, though they finally got on the board courtesy of Im Sung-jae, who took down U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland 4 and 3.

Cameron Smith put some wind into the Internationals' sails with a gritty 2 and 1 victory against star Justin Thomas, but victories from Patrick Cantlay (3 and 2 over Joaquin Niemann), Xander Schauffele (2 and 1 over Adam Scott) and Webb Simpson (2 and 1 over Byeong Hun An) proved too difficult to overcome.

Matt Kuchar went 1up on the 17th hole to guarantee a USA victory and spark wild celebrations among the team, Woods becoming a first-time winning captain.

The United States claimed their eighth consecutive Presidents Cup after becoming the first team to win the tournament when trailing at the start of the final day.

 

Tiger Woods broke the record for the most matches won in Presidents Cup history on Sunday.

United States playing captain Woods outclassed International opponent Abraham Ancer 3 and 2 in the deciding singles session for his 27th victory.

American superstar Woods equalled Phil Mickelson's all-time record in Friday's foursomes at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where he has remained perfect this week with three wins.

Woods - a 15-time major winner - has put defending champions the USA on track for an eighth consecutive Presidents Cup title.

Defending champions the United States are charging towards an unprecedented Presidents Cup comeback, though the Internationals continue to dig deep in Melbourne. 

Down 10-8 prior to Sunday's deciding singles, the USA faced an uphill battle to claim an eighth consecutive title as no team had ever trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup.

However, the USA are on track to sensationally retain their crown, with Tiger Woods' team up in six of the 12 matches and projected to triumph 15.5 - 14.5 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

First out against Abraham Ancer, Woods returned for the singles showdown after sitting out on Saturday and the 15-time major champion has led the way in more overcast conditions.

Woods - who can break the record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup - leads Ancer 3up through 15 holes.

Controversial American Patrick Reed - without his usual caddie following a fan altercation on Saturday - birdied five of his opening seven holes in a remarkable start to his day against C.T. Pan.

The USA's Tony Finau has also mounted a remarkable comeback, rallying from 4down through 10 to be level with Hideki Matsuyama after 14.

Following three consecutive losses, 2018 champion Reed is 2up, having been 6up after seven holes, while compatriot Dustin Johnson is 4up over Li Haotong.

The Internationals - eyeing a first title since 1998 - are ahead in three matches thanks to Louis Oosthuizen, Im Sung-jae and Joaquin Niemann.

There is plenty on the line as the United States and the International team go head-to-head on the final day of the Presidents Cup.

The USA are eyeing their eighth consecutive Presidents Cup title, but the defending champions must overturn a 10-8 deficit in Sunday's singles in Melbourne, where fans are queuing up in large numbers at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

No team have trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup, with Ernie Els' Internationals - leading since the opening day - looking to clinch their first crown since 1998 - a triumph also in Melbourne 21 years ago.

After the Internationals managed to preserve their lead in a dramatic finish to Saturday's foursomes, USA captain Tiger Woods has returned for the singles.

Woods sat out both sessions on Saturday - the four-ball and foursomes - but the 15-time major champion is back with club in hand against Abraham Ancer in the opening match.

It could be a historic day for Woods, who can set the record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup, having tied Phil Mickelson's tally of 26 on Friday.

Meanwhile, controversial American Patrick Reed is without caddie Kessler Karain for the third match against C.T. Pan following a fan altercation on Saturday.

Justin Thomas labelled Saturday's halved match against Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer "unacceptable" after he and Rickie Fowler sensationally coughed up a commanding lead at the Presidents Cup.

United States pair Thomas and Fowler surrendered a 5up cushion through 10 holes as Leishman and Ancer somehow secured half a point for the Internationals in Saturday afternoon's foursomes in Melbourne.

Thomas and Fowler arrived on the 11th poised to seal a third point for seven-time defending champions the USA, who threatened to sweep the session and tie the Presidents Cup at 9-9.

However, Thomas and Fowler capitulated as the Internationals ended the day 10-8 in front of Tiger Woods' USA heading into Sunday's singles.

"Speechless," Thomas said afterwards. "It's unacceptable for us to get half a point. I mean, they made a couple of long putts there on 15 and 16 to keep it going. 

"We had our chances, and I mean, flat honest, just didn't execute. I'm just disappointed in myself for burning that, I felt like, for us on 18.

"Our team is playing well today, and we've got to put it behind us and go get a point tomorrow."

The match was decided at the last with Thomas' tee shot sailing into the trees, immediately putting the USA on the back foot.

Leishman and the Internationals capitalised after the former's quality approach shot within seven feet set up Ancer - who converted the birdie as the USA could only manage a third straight bogey.

It sparked wild celebrations and Leishman told reporters: "That's probably as good as I've felt on a golf course, and I only halved the match. We've all won up here; we've won tournaments, but we don't get chances to play with a team-mate very often.

"To be successful with a team-mate would be pretty cool. We had a taste of that today, but I think if we can play well and do our jobs tomorrow, what we felt today is going to probably be pushed aside for what we may feel tomorrow. So it ranks pretty high for me."

Leishman added: "I spoke to [captain] Ernie [Els] going down 12, and he was just saying, get as far as you can. Take it as for as you can. I'm like, 'Hang on. Let's not talk about losing this yet. We're going to fight this out', and yeah, we did."

United States captain Tiger Woods will attempt to lead from the front after putting himself out first for Sunday's singles as the seven-time defending champions fight to retain their Presidents Cup crown against the Internationals.  

The USA head into the final day trailing the Internationals 10-8 following a dramatic ending to Saturday's action at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Playing captain Woods kept himself out of both the morning four-ball and the afternoon foursomes as Ernie Els' International team preserved their lead, despite a USA rally.

But with the USA - who threatened to sweep the foursomes before the Internationals stormed back - eyeing an eighth straight title, Woods will open the singles against Abraham Ancer in Melbourne.

Woods has the chance to set the record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup, after the 15-time major champion tied Phil Mickelson with his 26th victory on Friday.

Controversial American Patrick Reed will face C.T. Pan in the third match, but without caddie Kessler Karain - who has been banned following a fan altercation on Saturday.

Australian Marc Leishman will be the final International to tee off after being drawn against Rickie Fowler as the challengers target a first Presidents Cup triumph since 1998.

Leishman has confidence and momentum after he and Ancer sensationally rallied from 5down through 10 holes to halve their match against Fowler and Justin Thomas in Saturday's foursomes.

 

Sunday's singles matches (Internationals v the USA)

Abraham Ancer v Tiger Woods
Hideki Matsuyama v Tony Finau
C.T. Pan v Patrick Reed
Li Haotong v Dustin Johnson
Adam Hadwin v Bryson DeChambeau
Im Sung-jae v Gary Woodland
Joaquin v Niemann v Patrick Cantlay
Adam Scott v Xander Schauffele
Byeong Hun An v Webb Simpson
Cameron Smith v Justin Thomas
Louis Oosthuizen v Matt Kuchar
Marc Leishman v Rickie Fowler

Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer produced an incredible recovery against Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas at the Presidents Cup on Saturday.

The Internationals were in huge trouble in the foursomes at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, but staged a late rally.

The biggest one belonged to Leishman and Ancer, who somehow managed to salvage a tie against Fowler and Thomas.

Perhaps showing some signs of fatigue after winning earlier in the day – with Thomas playing for the fourth straight session – the Americans gave up a point that looked certain.

We look at how Leishman and Ancer, who were 5down through 10, produced their response.

Back-to-back birdies spark Internationals

Leishman and Ancer headed to the 11th hole 5down, but put the pressure on the American stars.

Ancer's superb approach shot to within five feet set up a Leishman birdie before the roles reversed.

The Internationals' second shot at the 12th, played by Leishman, went to within 10 feet, setting up Ancer's birdie putt.

Fowler and Thomas managed pars at both holes, but that form would soon change.

 

Missed putts bring Internationals within one

The USA still looked in control with a 3up lead with just three holes to play.

However, pars at 16 and 17 from the Internationals would be enough to reduce that deficit.

Fowler missed a six-footer for par at 16 before Thomas' miss from nine feet meant the USA's lead was just 1up heading to the last.

 

Perfect storm at the last

Thomas' tee shot into the trees immediately put the USA on the back foot at the last.

While they tried to recover, Leishman put a quality approach shot to within seven feet for Ancer, setting up the Internationals' birdie.

The USA could only manage another bogey – their third straight – to somehow cough up a win that appeared certain.

The Internationals produced a stunning late comeback to stay in the lead over the United States heading into the final day of the Presidents Cup.

Seven-time defending champions the USA were on track to sweep the afternoon's foursomes, which would have tied the Presidents Cup at 9-9 on Saturday.

Approaching 17:30 local time (06:30 GMT) in Melbourne, Tiger Woods' USA led all four matchups in a remarkable comeback, having ended the morning four-balls 9-5 adrift.

But Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler sensationally coughed up a 5up lead against Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer, who triggered a dramatic finish to the fourth session at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

By the time proceedings ended after 18:00 local time (07:00 GMT), the Internationals held a 10-8 lead heading into Sunday's 12 singles.

No team have trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup, however, the USA emerged for the foursomes on a mission to create history.

Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland put a point on the board for the USA via a 2 and 1 victory over Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.

A second point came thanks to Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, who saw off Im Sung-jae and Cameron Smith by the same scoreline.

That is when the fun began. Thomas - carrying a perfect 3-0-0 record - and Fowler approached the 11th tee boasting a commanding 5up advantage against Australian Leishman and Mexican team-mate Ancer.

Leishman had not won all week, but his rally alongside Ancer energised the crowd during a memorable ending to the day's play. After Thomas' wild tee shot landed among the trees, Leishman's stunning approach helped secure an unthinkable halve for the Internationals.

Attention then turned to Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An, who were 2down through 13 against Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.

With Ernie Els watching on and fans at full voice, Niemann's brilliant shot from the rough paved the way for the Internationals - without a Presidents Cup triumph since 1998 - to halve another match. An did have a birdie chance to win the match but his effort slid agonisingly wide of the hole.

The United States have recovered from a difficult morning session as the reigning Presidents Cup champions threaten to move within a point of the Internationals.

A strong showing in the four-ball format saw the Internationals take a 9-5 lead over the USA in their pursuit of a first Presidents Cup title since 1998 on Saturday.

No one has trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup, but led by Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, the USA are projected to reduce the deficit to 10-8 in the foursomes at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

The Internationals almost won three of the four matches in the four-balls, but some late heroics from Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar salvaged half a point for the USA in the session's final contest.

That moment appears to be a turning point for the USA, who are ahead in three of the four scheduled foursomes in Melbourne.

Playing captain Tiger Woods surprisingly left himself sidelined for the afternoon, having sat out the four-ball, but his team have not missed a beat.

After outclassing Marc Leishman and Li Haotong, Thomas and Fowler are on track for another big victory.

Thomas - boasting a flawless 3-0-0 record this year - and Fowler are 4up through 11 holes against Leishman and Abraham Ancer.

Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland, brought back into the mix for the foursomes, are 2up after 12 over Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen, while Finau and Kuchar are also 2up through nine against Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An.

As for International pair Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae, they are 1up against Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele through 10.

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