International captain Trevor Immelman vowed his men would fight to the final bell in the Presidents Cup but they were outclassed on Friday by the United States who dominated the fourballs by taking four of five points.
Following a 4-1 thrashing in Thursday's foursomes (alternate shot) the Internationals returned to the Quail Hollow Club looking for a way to slow their rampaging opponents but had no answers as the U.S. increased their lead to 8-2 after two days.
The American were again forced to fend off a late fightback by the Internationals that saw three of the five matches come down to the final hole but ended in the same 4-1 scoreline with the U.S. winning three and the other two finishing in ties.
The Internationals, with a record eight Presidents Cup debutants in their 12-man team, started as massive underdogs against a US squad featuring nine of the top 15 players in the world rankings but now require some help from the golfing gods just to avoid a humiliating defeat.
The US have dominated the biennial competition with an 11-1-1 record and are in position to register a Presidents Cup first - clinching the golden trophy on Saturday and making Sunday's 12 singles matches nothing more than a victory lap for the hosts.
With two sessions scheduled for a marathon Saturday (foursomes and fourballs) the Americans will be targeting the 15.5 total points needed to lift the Cup for a 12th time and extend their unbeaten run on home soil.
Sent out first by U.S. captain Davis Love III, major winners Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas set the tone by taming the Australian duo of Adam Scott and Cam Davis 2&1 to get the U.S. on the scoreboard.
The day ended in an explosion of cheers from the pro-American crowd when Max Homa rolled in a pressure-packed birdie putt on the 18th to save a 1-up victory for him and partner Billy Horschel over Canadian duo Corey Connors and Taylor Pendrith.
Also earning a point for the U.S. were the stellar partnership of world numbers four and five Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, who hammered the Internationals most experience pair of Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 6&5 in foursomes.
Picking up where they left off on Thursday, Cantlay and Schauffele charged to a 5-up lead on Matsuyama and South Korean Kim Joo-hyung after just eight holes but needed to work to close out a 3&2 win.
World number one Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, the only American pair to lose on Thursday, could not get in the win column but did earn the US a half point when their match with South Korea's Im Sung-jae and Colombian Sebastian Munoz finished in a tie.
Kevin Kisner and Cameron Young also secured a half point for the US as their match with Chile's Mito Pereira and South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout finished deadlocked.