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.

Patrick Reed is on track to suffer his third consecutive defeat and remain winless at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne on Saturday. 

It has been a tough week for United States golfer Reed, who entered the 13th Presidents Cup embroiled in controversy.

Reed – the 2018 Masters champion – arrived at Royal Melbourne Golf Club as public enemy number one after his two-stroke penalty during last week's tournament in the Bahamas.

Already a maligned figure on the PGA Tour, American golfer Reed was penalised for improving his lie in the bunker, hitting the sand twice during his practice swings, sparking controversy and claims of cheating.

The Presidents Cup, however, has not proved forgiving for the 29-year-old - who taunted the Melbourne crowd by mimicking a shovelling motion amid heckles on Friday.

Reed has played alongside countryman Webb Simpson and the pair have been unable to score a point for Tiger Woods' team against the Internationals.

Beaten on Thursday and Friday, Reed and Simpson find themselves 2down to Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan through 11 holes in the morning's four-ball.

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay are also 1down against International pair Im Sung-jae and Abraham Ancer, though Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler are in control for the USA - 2up through 13 over Marc Leishman and Li Haotong.

Meanwhile, the Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An and Matt Kuchar/Tony Finau matchup is tied after 10 holes.

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.

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.

The Internationals stayed ahead in the second session at the Presidents Cup, but the United States salvaged 2.5 points to shift the momentum in Melbourne.

Ernie Els' Internationals threatened to sweep all five foursomes at one stage on Friday before defending champions the USA rallied to win two of the final three matchups.

Clutch birdies from Patrick Cantlay and Justin Thomas ensured Tiger Woods' team ended the day only 6.5 - 3.5 adrift at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Only once in history has a team come from behind after two sessions to win the Presidents Cup – the USA in 2005 when they trailed 6.5 - 5.5 and won 18.5 - 15.5 in Virginia.

Leading 4-1 following Thursday's four-ball, the Internationals looked on track to secure another four points in their bid to claim a first Presidents Cup title since 1998.

After Dustin Johnson's flawless foursomes record at the Presidents Cup was ended in a 3 and 2 loss alongside Matt Kuchar against Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen, the Internationals stretched their lead to 5-1.

While another 3 and 2 victory – this time for Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman over Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson – secured one more point for the International team, Cantlay's late heroics inspired a USA fightback.

The clash between Cantlay/Xander Schauffele and Joaquin Niemann/Adam Hadwin was tied from the 15th hole until the former birdied the par-four 18th.

That sensational 1up win had a knock-on effect for seven-time reigning champions the USA as captain Woods and Thomas added another point in dramatic fashion.

Level through 17 against Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An, Woods set up Thomas for the chance to win the match and he held his nerve to drain a memorable long-range birdie – sparking celebrations.

That result saw 15-time major champion Woods equal Phil Mickelson's record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup with 26.

With the USA on a roll, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland also battled in the fifth and final contest to halve their match against Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae.

Fowler and Woodland had trailed from the opening hole but a clutch birdie putt – set up by Woodland's approach – tied things up through 17 against Smith and Im before pars at the last.

The Internationals are on track to extend their advantage against the United States in the foursomes at the Presidents Cup.

Already leading 4-1, the Internationals are projected to score another four points as Ernie Els' red-hot team continued to impress in alternate shot on Friday.

Up against a formidable USA roster – led by playing captain Tiger Woods – the odds have been stacked against the Internationals, who last won the Presidents Cup in 1998.

But thanks to a dominant display in Thursday's four-ball, the International team are daring to believe at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Of the five matches in progress, the Internationals lead four thanks to Adam Scott/Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer/Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama/Byeong Hun An and Cameron Smith/Im Sung-jae.

Only once in history has a team come from behind after two sessions to win the Presidents Cup – the USA in 2005 when they trailed 6.5 - 5.5 and won 18.5 - 15.5 in Virginia.

The Melbourne greens were merciless on Friday but the Internationals have had no trouble negotiating the course, with Australian Smith – drafted in after sitting out day one – teaming up with Im to help the challengers go 2up through seven holes against Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland.

Former world number one Scott and Oosthuizen had been 2down after seven holes but rallied to go 1up through 11.

Woods and Thomas were the only pairing to score a point for the USA on Thursday, thanks to the former's masterclass, which included six birdies in the four-ball.

A 15-time major champion, Woods continued to stay hot however that matchup had An and Matsuyama 1up heading to the ninth hole.

In a tight session, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele have flown the flag for the USA – leading Joaquin Niemann and Adam Hadwin 1up after 10.

Tiger Woods led by example in the opening session but the United States have work to do against the Internationals on day two of the Presidents Cup.

Woods delivered in front of an appreciative Melbourne crowd on Thursday, the USA captain roaring to lead him and team-mate Justin Thomas past Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann in the four-ball.

It was a Woods masterclass in the opening match, however, it was the USA's only point on a stunning day for the International team – who raced out to a 4-1 lead at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

All eyes will be on Woods and seven-time defending champions the USA on Friday as the Internationals hold their largest lead after the first session in Presidents Cup history.

Playing in a foursomes format in the second session, USA pair Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar will get proceedings underway against Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott.

Former world number one and 2016 U.S. Open champion Johnson has never lost a foursomes match in the Presidents Cup.

Woods and Thomas will combine again in the fourth match of the day, facing off with Hideki Matsuyama and Byeong Hun An.

Tiger Woods roared but he and the United States were upstaged by the Internationals in a stunning start to the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

Woods cruised to victory alongside Justin Thomas but the four-ball format belonged to Ernie Els' team, who took a 4-1 lead on Thursday.

The Presidents Cup has been dominated by the USA, who entered the 13th edition at Royal Melbourne Golf Club having won seven successive titles.

Not since 1998, when the event was last staged in Melbourne, have the Internationals topped the United States.

But the International team have boosted their chances of dethroning the USA thanks to Louis Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer – who set the tone before Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An, Adam Hadwin/Im Sung-jae and Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan followed suit.

With Port Phillip Bay nearby, players and fans were greeted by cool and overcast weather, instead of summer conditions, at the start of play.

While the weather was cold, USA captain Woods was red hot as the 15-time major champion produced a masterclass alongside good friend Thomas against Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.

Woods had six individual birdies - including back-to-back to begin his four-ball matchup and a chip for birdie on the fifth hole - to give the USA a 4 and 3 victory in the opening clash.

It was the USA's first and only point of the day as the Internationals made a dream start - South African Oosthuizen and Mexican Ancer the highlight as the sun eventually broke through the clouds.

Oosthuizen and Ancer put former world number one Dustin Johnson and his partner Gary Woodland to the sword in a comprehensive 4 and 3 win.

Johnson's woes were headlined by a missed eagle putt on 11, which would have reduced the deficit to two and generated some sort of momentum.

Australian star Scott also had the locals cheering courtesy of his 2 and 1 triumph alongside An against Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau, while Hadwin and Im went 1up over Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.

Embroiled in controversy pre-Presidents Cup, public enemy number one Patrick Reed was silenced by defeat and heckles on Thursday.

Reed was penalised two shots for improving his lie in a bunker, hitting the sand twice during his practice swings at last week's Hero World Challenge, sparking claims of cheating.

Fans poked fun at Reed amid a chorus of boos as he teed off in Melbourne and he was unable to have the last laugh, the 2018 Masters champion - partnered with Webb Simpson - missing a birdie putt which would have halved the match against Matsuyama and Pan.

United States captain Tiger Woods roared in a scintillating display and Justin Thomas was under no illusions who inspired the pair's victory at the Presidents Cup.   

Thomas took a backseat in the opening four-ball matchup on Thursday as Woods birdied six holes against Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann for a 4 and 3 win.

After birdieing his first two holes on day one of the 13th Presidents Cup in Melbourne, 15-time major champion Woods sensationally chipped in for birdie on the fifth.

Woods' masterclass continued with further birdies on holes 11, 14 and 15 to secure the first point at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Thomas hailed the red-hot performance, with the USA eyeing an eighth consecutive Presidents Cup triumph.

"He played great today. It's no coincidence why we won," Thomas said after the win. "He really carried me out there, and you know, it was a tough day out there, and to have as many birdie putts as he had on a couple holes was the reason we won the match."

Thomas added: "Tiger was working so well between the two of us today. He played great. I mean, I just didn't really take advantage of the opportunities, but that's what you have a partner for. 

"It was awesome. It's nice knowing when I step up on a par three or a par four that I feel free just because I know he's playing well, and he did."

Before taking on his captain responsibilities, with his player portion done, American superstar Woods said: "Well it was important for us and the USA.

"J.T. and I went out there and partnered up well. Got off to a quick start and got up on them early, and kind of held on from there."

Tiger Woods showcased his quality but the United States have work to do against the International team at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.    

All eyes have been on USA captain Woods, who has basked in the limelight in the four-ball format on day one at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Woods birdied his opening two holes and three of five to help put the USA 3up through 14 alongside Justin Thomas against Australian favourite Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.

A 15-time major champion, Woods - who has managed five birdies so far - produced a moment for the highlight-reel when he sensationally chipped in for birdie on the fifth hole on Thursday.

However, the USA - seeking an eighth straight Presidents Cup crown - have not had it all their own way against Ernie Els' Internationals.

Of the five matches, the Internationals lead three against the USA in overcast conditions.

Louis Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer are 3up over stars Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland through nine holes.

With a strong South African presence around the course, Oosthuizen's three birdies have helped set the pace in the fifth match.

Adam Scott/An Byeong-hun and Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan are 2up for the Internationals, who have not won the Presidents Cup since it was held in Melbourne in 1998.

Former world number one Scott - buoyed by strong local support - and An have enjoyed success against Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau, never trailing the American duo.

The same goes with Matsuyama and Pan, who are also 2up against 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson.

Meanwhile, the Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay versus Adam Hadwin/Im Sung-jae match is tied after 12 holes.

United States captain Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas made a strong start as the Presidents Cup got underway on a cold and overcast morning in Melbourne.

Woods purred at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where the 15-time major champion birdied his opening two holes to put the USA 2up against the International team on Thursday.

There was plenty of colour and noise as fans descended on the opening tee, with a group of USA supporters - including a man dressed up as a tiger - belting out a rendition of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

Woods and team-mate Thomas did not miss a beat in the opening four-ball contest against Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.

Seeking an eighth consecutive Presidents Cup triumph, Woods set the tone with back-to-back birdies in a flawless start to the day.

Patrick Reed - embroiled in penalty controversy entering the tournament - and Dustin Johnson are among the USA players in action on day one, while Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen are among the Internationals flying the flag for Ernie Els' team.

Tiger Woods had "zero hesitation" in picking himself to start the United States' bid to retain the Presidents Cup along with Justin Thomas.

Captain Woods and Thomas will come up against International duo Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.in the first of five four-ball matches at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Thursday.

Woods has an impressive 24-15-1 record in the competition but is 7-9-0 in the four-ball format.

The 15-time major champion is determined to lead by example and get his side off to a strong start as they attempt to win the event for an eighth time in a row.

"There was zero hesitation here." Woods said when asked about his selection.

"I think from our side, we had a game plan [of] who we wanted to start out, and we were committed to putting Justin and myself out there, and that's who we’re rolling with."

The Masters champion added: "Having my responsibility as a player, I want to get out there and play with Justin, but also as a captain, I want to see my guys play."

Woods has no concerns about the fitness of Dustin Johnson, who will play competitively for the first time since undergoing knee surgery as he teams up with Gary Woodland to face Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen.

"More than anything with DJ, it’s just making sure that he recovered from the flight," said Woods.

"He’s feeling good. He's worked out each and every day we’ve been here. He was chomping at the bit to get out there."

Heavy rain forced the second round of the Zozo Championship to be postponed, organisers announced on Friday.

Officials made the decision to push the start of the second round back to Saturday due to forecasts of bad weather throughout the day in Chiba, Japan.

The second round is scheduled to get underway between 06:30 and 08:30am local time at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where Tiger Woods is tied for the lead.

"The golf course has already taken on 4/10s of an inch of rain, so it has actually reached the point of saturation and it's become unplayable," said vice-president of rules and competitions Gary Young.

"With more rain in the forecast and three to five inches of rain for the day, we thought the right decision was to call play for the day."

Woods delivered a masterclass on Thursday as the 15-time major champion earned a share of the lead after the opening round.

American superstar Woods – featuring at the first official PGA Tour tournament held in Japan – rode a birdie spree to card a stunning six-under-par 64 and join Gary Woodland atop the leaderboard.

Woods endured a nightmare start in Japan, where the former world number one found water after his opening tee shot.

Another shot went into the trees as Masters champion Woods was left reeling at three over through just three holes.

However, Woods – who underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August – produced a remarkable recovery, making nine birdies over the ensuing 15 holes to catapult himself up the standings.

Tiger Woods delivered a masterclass as the 15-time major champion earned a share of the lead after round one at the Zozo Championship.

American superstar Woods rode a birdie spree to card a stunning six-under-par 64 and join Gary Woodland atop the leaderboard on Thursday.

Featuring at the first official PGA Tour tournament held in Japan, Woods endured a nightmare start at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where the former world number one found water after his opening tee shot.

Another shot went into the trees as Masters champion Woods was left reeling at three over through just three holes in Inzai, Chiba.

However, Woods, who underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair minor cartilage damage in August, produced a remarkable recovery, making nine birdies over the ensuing 15 holes to catapult himself up the standings.

"I certainly was not expecting to shoot six under after that start,'' said Woods following his career-low season-opening round. "That was a very ugly start.

"To be able to flip it like that, I felt if I could get to under par for that, I figure most of the guys would be about two, three under par with the wind blowing as hard as it was today, that I wouldn't be that far behind. It flipped and I got hot and made a bunch of putts.''

Woods and fellow American Woodland held a one-shot lead over Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who birdied the last to reduce the deficit heading into day two of the inaugural event, while Daniel Berger, Sung Kang and Ryan Palmer were tied at three under.

Justin Thomas – fresh off his CJ Cup triumph in South Korea last week – posted an even-par 70.

Thomas had three birdies and as many bogeys to be in an eight-way tie for 25th, alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia and Danny Lee.

It was a tough start for four-time major winner and FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, who shot a 72 to be eight shots off the pace, while Jason Day was a stroke worse off at three over and Jordan Spieth stood four over.

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