CHARLOTTE — It was all smiles for the United States team Friday after completion of matches on day two of the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club.
United States teammates Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Max Homa and Billy Horschel were grinning in their post-round group press conference. The American team followed up their strong run of play on day one without dropping a single match on day two’s four-ball rounds.
Max Homa was especially cheerful while addressing the press after draining a monumental birdie putt on the 18th hole of his match to secure a 1-up victory.
Adding to the drama of the match, opponent Taylor Pendrith of the International side had just holed a long-range birdie putt of his own to put pressure on Homa.
Homa drained his mid-range birdie putt right in the heart with perfect line and pace to the sound of arguably some of the loudest cheers of the day by the strong contingent of the United States fans.
Homa was still holding his putter throughout his press conference and following media time as he exited stage and left the press area.
Horschel, his playing partner throughout the day, joked that Homa’s wife might have a hard time finding room in the bed as Homa would probably be making a spot for it.
This is Homa’s first Presidents Cup competition and he commented on the feeling of making a birdie putt to win a match on the 18th hole.
“When we talk about things money can’t buy, money cannot buy that feeling and that was something that I will remember forever and I will tell anybody who wants to hear about it how that felt,” Homa said
The United States carries an 8-2 lead over the International team going into Saturday’s third round foursome matches starting at 7:12 a.m.