Brendan Steele and Cameron Davis carded four-under 66s to share the Sony Open in Hawaii lead as Justin Thomas missed the cut on Friday.

American Steele and Australian Davis moved into six under at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu after the second round.

The duo hold a one-stroke lead on what is a congested leaderboard at the halfway mark of the PGA Tour event.

A group of nine players are tied for third at five under, including Keegan Bradley (66) and Cameron Smith (65).

Smith's 65 was the equal best round of the day, also managed by Russell Knox, Bo Hoag and Rob Oppenheim as they climbed into five under.

Ryan Palmer (68), Sam Ryder (68), Rory Sabbatini (67) and overnight leader Collin Morikawa (70) are also tied for third.

Thomas, the 2017 winner coming off a success at the Tournament of Champions, failed to make the weekend.

The American followed up his opening-round 72 with a one-over 71 to end up at three over and one of several bigger names to miss the cut.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar (73) and Patrick Reed (74) fell short of getting to the weekend, while 2018 winner Patton Kizzire (74) also missed the cut.

American golfer Collin Morikawa earned a two-stroke lead on day one of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Morikawa, 22, carded a flawless five-under-par 65 to top the leaderboard at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday.

Eyeing his second PGA Tour title after winning the 2019 Barracuda Championship, Morikawa holed five birdies in a bogey-free round to be ahead of Matt Jones, Ted Potter Jr., Ryan Palmer and Sam Ryder.

The opening round was suspended due to darkness, with 14 players yet to complete their 18 holes.

Controversial American Patrick Reed signed for a first-round 69 to be four strokes behind his countryman heading into day two.

Reed is in a 15-way tie for 16th place, alongside defending champion Matt Kuchar – who birdied the last to move to one under.

It was a tough day for former world number one and American star Justin Thomas after winning last week's Tournament of Champions.

Thomas – a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour – ended the day two over par following five bogeys and three birdies.

After bogeying three of his first five holes, Thomas birdied the ninth prior to the turn but another pair of bogeys to go with as many birdies meant he struggled to make inroads.

Justin Thomas claimed a second Tournament of Champions title with a thrilling play-off victory on Sunday.

The American birdied the third play-off hole in Kapalua, Hawaii to edge out Patrick Reed in windy conditions.

Thomas added to his 2017 triumph at the Tournament of Champions and moved onto 12 PGA Tour victories.

It came after a poor finish to his final round in regulation, when he was forced to take a penalty on his way to a bogey at the last.

Thomas finished at 14 under after a four-under 69, which included seven birdies and three bogeys, having also dropped a shot at 16.

Reed produced a brilliant final round with a 66 that sent him into the play-off with Thomas and defending champion Xander Schauffele (70).

Thomas and Reed birdied the 18th at the first attempt, eliminating Schauffele, before battling to pars.

With light fading, Thomas managed another birdie after a superb approach shot to close out his victory.

"For some reason I was supposed to win this week," he told the Golf Channel.

"I got very, very lucky to even have that putt.... I got very fortunate, but I also stuck to my process and tried to stay positive.

"I just tried to tell myself there's a reason I'm still here and we've still got a chance to win and we were fortunate to do that."

Patrick Cantlay (68) finished outright fourth at 11 under, a shot ahead of Rickie Fowler (69) and Joaquin Niemann (70).

Xander Schauffele carded a two-under-par 71 to stay a stroke clear after round three at the Tournament of Champions.

Defending champion and American golfer Schauffele holed four birdies and two bogeys to maintain his lead atop the leaderboard on Saturday.

Schauffele – part of the United States' successful Presidents Cup campaign in Melbourne last month – is 11 under through 54 holes in Kapalua, Hawaii.

After hitting 12 of 15 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation, Schauffele is a shot ahead of countryman Justin Thomas heading into Sunday's final round.

At the PGA Tour tournament, where the field is restricted to golfers who won an event on tour during the previous calendar year, 2017 champion Thomas stayed within touching distance of Schauffele thanks to his third-round 69.

Thomas – also a member of the USA's Presidents Cup triumph – climbed three positions thanks to a flawless front nine, which included five birdies.

Gary Woodland (69) is eight under overall, a stroke ahead of Kevin Kisner (68), Jon Rahm (70), Collin Morikawa (70), J.T. Poston (71), Matthew Wolff (71), Joaquin Niemann (74) and Patrick Reed (74).

After surging into contention on day two, 2015 winner Reed struggled in the windy conditions as slipped four shots off the pace.

Rickie Fowler (74) is six under, a stroke better off than former world number one and two-time champion Dustin Johnson (71).

Joaquin Niemann fired a seven-under 66 to grab the first-round lead at the Tournament of Champions on Thursday.

The Chilean, 21, produced a bogey-free opening round in Kapalua, Hawaii, while making seven birdies.

Niemann made four birdies on the front nine before picking up shots at 12, 15 and 18 and holds a one-stroke lead over Justin Thomas.

"I played really good, hit a lot of good shots, I just missed one green on 16," he told the Golf Channel.

"During the practice round, I knew it was going to be tough, there was a lot of wind on Tuesday especially and today it wasn't that windy and I played great.

"I made a lot of putts and it was my day."

Thomas, the 2017 champion, produced a strong finish, making five birdies on his final eight holes.

Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler carded five-under 68s to be tied for third, while a group of five are a shot further back.

Defending champion Xander Schauffele is among them, alongside Tyler Duncan, Matthew Wolff, Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm.

A two-time winner of the event, Dustin Johnson is tied for 16th at one under.

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.

 

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.

The Internationals are closing in on their first Presidents Cup title since 1998 after moving further clear of the United States in another stunning performance on Saturday.  

It has been 21 years since the International team won the Presidents Cup - also at Royal Melbourne Golf Club - as the USA have continued to dominate the event with seven successive trophies.

However, the Internationals are on track to end USA's dominance after winning two of four matchups in Saturday morning's four-ball session for a 9-5 lead.

The Internationals had never lost a combined four-balls contest while hosting the Presidents Cup and that record remained intact thanks to Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan and Abraham Ancer/Im Sung-jae.

After back-to-back wins, playing captain and 15-time major champion Tiger Woods opted to sit out the four-ball as he instead partnered Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler in Melbourne.

Thomas starred in the opening match, finishing with four birdies against Marc Leishman and Li Haotong - his fourth sealing a dominant 3 and 2 win as he improved to 3-0-0 for the event.

The USA had hoped to maintain their momentum after salvaging two of the final three foursomes on Friday, however, the Internationals enjoyed further success in the four-ball format after racing out to a 4-1 lead on Thursday.

Ancer claimed the Internationals' first point of the morning courtesy of a stunning shot on the 16th hole to ensure he and Im defeated Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay 3 and 2.

It was far more straightforward for Matsuyama and Pan, who heaped further misery on winless duo Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson.

Reed - in the firing line amid cheating allegations following the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas - and Simpson fell to a third consecutive loss, swept aside 5 and 3 by the formidable International pair.

No one has trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup, so the USA have their work cut out despite Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau salvaging half a point against Adam Scott and Byeong Hun An.

Kuchar's missed birdie putt on 15 allowed Scott and An to go 1up, but Finau made birdie at the last, although the seven-time defending champions are under pressure heading into the afternoon's foursomes.

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