The first round of Foursomes saw the U.S. Team draw first blood with the star pairing of FedEx Cup victor Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler wrapping up their match against Charl Schwartzel and Hideki Matsuyama in just 14 holes 6 & 4.
The United States stole an early march over the worldwide team to earn a two-point lead after the opening day foursomes at the Presidents Cup at Liberty National on Thursday.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar prevailed in a match that was hotly contested until DJ stuffed a 7-iron to 8 feet on No. 16 and Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas conceded the birdie.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed continued their superb teamwork by smoking Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim, 5 and 4.
Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner were running away with the final match of the day, going as much as 3-up through seven holes, until Jason Day and Marc Leishman cut the lead to 1-up going into the 18th hole.
The U.S. won three of five matches, and halved another, to enjoy a 3-1/2 to 1-1/2 advantage in strong and gusty winds. He is 4-9-1 in the alternate shot format.
The International team has now lost the opening session six times in a row at the biennial event.
The result leaves Scott with more foursomes defeats, nine, than any player in Presidents Cup history.
In what looked like it could be a complete whitewash by the US early on, the Internationals were lucky to escape with some points, though the outcome of day one was hardly a surprise, given the home team's lopsided record in the biennial event that takes place on opposite years of the far more competitive Ryder Cup.
At the most recent Cup two years ago, the USA led 4-1 after the opening foursomes, setting the foundation for a one-point overall victory despite not winning any of the final four sessions. For Friday and Saturday afternoon, the game switches to a four-ball match.
The International team, comprised of players from the rest of the world except Europe, also trailed after the first sessions in 2013, 2011, 2009 and 2007.