COLUMBUS, Ohio - Adam Scott says the International team can take a huge boost after proving doomsayers wrong with a stirring first day fightback against the powerhouse Americans in golf's Presidents Cup.
Written off by many from the outset, rookie captain Nick Price's Internationals looked headed for widely predicted oblivion early before mounting a stirring fightback to trail by just 3.5 to 2.5 after the opening four-ball session yesterday.
While behind, the rally means it's the Internationals — including Australians Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman — who take momentum into day two at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio.
The Internationals were trailing in all six matches when a timely near-90 minute rain delay came to their aid and they took advantage of the momentum breaker swinging on the back nine.
They were able to pull out two victories, the first coming when Jason Day drained a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole and the second from South African duo Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.
Day and Canadian Graham DeLaet surged back from three-down through six holes to come up trumps 1 up over Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker while the South Africans were too good for Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, coming from two down through seven to win 2 and 1.
"I think what we showed today is that there's plenty of heart on this team," said Scott, who won three of the last four holes with Japanese rookie Hideki Matsuyama to snatch a half point against Bill Haas and Webb Simpson.
"I don't think spirits were low when we sat in the team room in the break, but for everyone to go out and rally, some guys to pull out wins, other guys halves, and even the matches we lost came closer all of a sudden was huge.
"I think we should take a lot out of that.
"We were in ordinary shape for a while, and 3.5 - 2.5 isn't a big deal and if we win the session tomorrow we are neck and neck."
However, the visitors are far from out of the woods against Fred Couples' Americans, a vastly stronger team on paper, as they pursue only the second victory for their team in the 10th staging of the biennial contest and the first on US soil.
They still need to find a way to excel in the foursomes (alternate shot) format starting on day two.
Since their lone outright win in 1998 the Internationals have been obliterated overall in alternate shot, earning just 18.5 points compared to the USA's 46.5.