Max Homa has never felt more energized after a big putt on Friday, perhaps because he's never had so many people share in the celebration.
That's why making the President's Cup was at the top of his wish list this year, and his heroics last afternoon at Quail Hollow exceeded expectations.
The final fourball match was all square with two holes, the green surrounded by American players, caddies, captains, and their red carts.
Homa stepped up to the hole and pumped his fist as he holed a 12-foot birdie putt to take a 1-up lead.
And then it got even better.
Taylor Pendrith holed a 15-foot birdie putt as the Internationals tried to scratch the third tie. Homa stepped up and again birdied another 12-foot putt for the win.
The matches seemed closer. The result was not. Homa's big putts at the end allowed the Americans to win the next session by a margin of 4-1 and stretch the lead to 8-2.
"It was pretty surreal," said Homa, who improved to 2-0 on his debut. "The atmosphere out there is crazyQuail Hollow was packed with 40,000 fans on a gorgeous fall day,
In five matches spanning 87 holes, the players combined for 67 birdies and three eagles, and three games went the distance.