With eight matches on deck on Saturday, the Americans could pull away from their global counterparts and lock up the event - if they almost sweep the entire day.
Having performed well on Thursday to take a 3.5-1.5 advantage after the foursome matches, the home team stepped things up again on Friday, winning four and halving one of the five fourball tussles.
"I think we saw the strength of the USA team come out today", Price said. Meanwhile, Stricker smartly rolled out the duo of Spieth and Reed, who always step up when they're wearing the colors of Team USA. The only question was whether to use it at the Presidents Cup, and as the veteran of 23 team events, Mickelson concluded it would need to be a big moment. Leishman received a free drop for his next shot, but the foul ball seemed to energize the US, which promptly birdied back-to-back holes to grab control.
The Internationals have again been troubled by the U.S. depth, with India's Anirban Lahiri having a nightmare in his match alongside Charl Schwartzel. Still 2-up with just four to play, it looked as though the Americans would drop the opening match in heartbreaking fashion.
Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson's 4 and 3 win over the Canada's Adam Hadwin and Adam Scott of Australia was produced in a slightly different manner, with the Americans never trailing and using birdies on the seventh and ninth holes to make the turn 4 up. Stricker's dozen may not live up to that billing just yet, but they are closing in on something truly special. "This guy (Kisner) made three birdies the first eight holes to keep us in it, and it feels incredible to finish this match like this". It would render Sunday's 12 singles matches moot and maybe get the PGA Tour out of the sticky predicament of hosting President Donald Trump, who is reported to be attending Sunday's matches (the Marine One choppers running practice landings at this Jersey harbor venue late on Friday would seem to be a strong indication that the Pres will be coming).
Presidents Cup: Justin Thomas holes exquisite bunker shot at the Presidents Cup
Given their friendship, their homes in proximity, their frequency of practice rounds, Thomas and Fowler give the US a formidable team not just for this week, but for future Cups to come. While both teams would add the half point to their scoreboard, it had to feel like a tremendous loss for the global team that had the Americans' marquee pair on the ropes. So instead of Spieth and Patrick Reed attempting their birdie putts to try and tie the hole, McFee ruled that the hole had been conceded.
Hoffman and Chappell are Presidents Cup rookies and promptly earned a point.
A series of errors left the match all square going into the 18th hole, where Mickelson missed a short putt, leaving both teams with half a point.
The best shot I saw all day was Justin Thomas' hole-out from the bunker at the 14th hole, which is the 18th for the usual layout here at Liberty National.
The South Africans only scored on the 6th hole before Fowler and Thomas wrapped up the match on the 16th for a 3 & 2 win. A par by the Amercians was good enough to win the 14th, and a final 8-foot birdie putt by Reed on the 15th closed out the match.
Vince and Ballance given Ashes recalls, with Stokes included
James Vince admits he was as surprised as anyone to find himself in the England squad named for this winter's tour of Australia. The 23-year-old Somerset CCC seamer from North Devon is one three uncapped players in the 16-man squad.