The USA are on course to win a seventh consecutive Presidents Cup after dominating Friday's fourballs to move into an 8-2 lead at Liberty National.
Dustin Johnson, playing alongside Brooks Koepka, took control against Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Scott, the world number one making three birdies in the space of five holes on the back nine as they sealed a 3 and 2 victory.
The final match up of the day featured Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman against the American team's Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner, in what turned out to be a closely-fought battle right to the final hole.
But Matsuyama, the top-ranked worldwide at number three in the world, will get a breather as he sits out the foursomes on Saturday morning.
It's sad to say that barring an utter miracle and a complete turnaround in form from some of his players, Nick Price's men are staring down the barrel of another losing Presidents Cup campaign.
Hope remains for the global side thanks to Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, who secured a hard-fought 2&1 victory over Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka.
U.S. four-ball rout leaves global team shell-shocked at Presidents Cup
"We'll see how it goes", said Price, whose team just hasn't had the firepower to rebound against a US team that has combined for 17 US PGA Tour titles this season, including the three most recent major championships.
The mighty U.S. team built a commanding 8-2 lead over the first two days and are more than halfway to the 15.5 points they need to lift the trophy.
Two years ago in South Korea after tumbling into a similar Day 1 hole, the global side rallied by winning four of the fourball matches.
But Reed then birdied the 15th, before Spieth birdied the following hole to bring the match all level. "He's just not playing well and he's the first one to admit it".
In amongst that he virtually left Schwartzel one-out against the Americans with a string of bad shots.
Fortunately, Spieth missed it on objective (we can only assume) but did enough so the Americans could close out the match and take a 9-2 edge early on Saturday.
This had the trappings of the closest match of the day, with each team winning two holes on the front nine and the match all square going to the back.
And, finally, fellow rookie Kevin Kisner teamed with Phil Mickelson to claw out the day's final point for Stricker, a flag that just an hour earlier seemed improbable and likely put the finishing touches on an overmatched and seemingly out-of-answers worldwide team.
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