Americans dominate internationals

With Dustin Johnson leaving for LIV Golf, Collin Morikawa needed a new partner. Enter Cameron Young, who can drive it as well and as far as Johnson.

“We were kidding, I hit pretty much every iron shot and he hit the driver and the putter,” Morikawa said. “He’s a great combo, when he hits the middle of the fairway and I have an 8-iron in par-5s.”

Their opponents – South Koreans Tom Kim and KH Lee – took the lead with a par on the second hole, but it turned out to be the only lead the international team would enjoy all day. The Americans birdied the first of six on the day a hole later to erase the deficit and won No. 6 with a birdie and No. 9 with a par to build a 2 turn lead.

Kim and Lee rallied, winning 11 thanks to a bogey from the Americans and 12e with a birdie all its own. Lee clenched his fist as he drained the 11-foot putt to tie the game.

But Morikawa showed why he is considered the best iron player in the game, maintaining his 144-yard approach from 3 feet inside. Young had the honor of closing out the game, sinking a 26-foot birdie putt to clinch the 2-on-1 win.

“Yeah, that was cool,” Young said. “I kind of knew it deep down inside. I certainly didn’t mean to hit so hard, but I’m glad it ended where it did. Schupak.