I hate to say I told you so, but...

The International Team will rightly be very happy with their late fightback yesterday, as they ended just one point off the US Team at the end of day one's 4-ball pairings to sit at 2.5 to 3.5 after they had initially trailed in all 6 of their matches.

The power pairing of Oosthuizen and Schwartzel finally shrugged off the chill from their new haircuts as they cruised to a 2 and 1 win over Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. Jason Day and Graham DeLaet were impressive as they put away the more fancied US pairing of Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker.

But it was disappointing to see Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge go down to Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth. Add to that the half point salvaged by Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, and you'll start to realise that yesterday's final scoreline could in fact have been different had the Internationals pairings been different.

Certainly another power pairing of Els and Scott surely would have overpowered their US counterparts and secured a point in a competition which captain Nick Price says must be more competitive this time around just to keep the Presidents Cup relevant as an international event. Charity begins at home, but certainly not at the Presidents Cup!

On the flipside of that same argument though, Nick Price has apparently kept his pairings the same for today's foursomes and will look for them to build on the momentum from yesterday's late surge. He will give them an opportunity to go out again having got over the initial nerves (none more evident when De Jonge gloriously snap-hooked his opening drive almost onto the highway next to the Muirfield Village Golf Club), and try to once again unsettle the US Team and the equally gratifying sound of a silent US spectator gallery.

Jeremy Harris is the 94.5 Kfm Breakfast Show sports anchor and Sunday Breakfast presenter.

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