United States grabs 4-point lead at Muirfield
Woods and Kuchar were 2 down at the turn in their foursomes match against ErnieEls and BrendondeJonge . “This guy is a horse – holy cow!” Kuchar said. “He played some incredible golf today.” Still to be determined was how big the lead was going to be. The other four matches were to be completed Sunday morning – weather permitting – and the Americans were leading 11 1/2-6 1/2. They were 2 up in one match, while the Internationals were 3 up and 2 up in two others. The fourth match was all square, momentum on the American side. “Well, it’s not over,” International captain NickPrice said. “We’ve still got a lot of golf to play tomorrow, and I have the utmost confidence in these guys that they can turn those two games around. We don’t want to go into the singles with too much of a deficit.” Since the Presidents Cup began in 1994, no team has ever trailed going into singles and won outright. The Americans were three points behind in 2003 and rallied for that infamous tie in South Africa. “The U.S. has really been unrelenting,” Price said. “They have just played superbly the last three days. Any slip from us and we find ourselves one or two down very quickly.” The final hour was another example of that.
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The United States leads 10 1/2-6 1/2 over the Internationals. There was another weather delay during the morning fourball action, making it the third straight session in which weather has delay play at Muirfield Village. The teams wrapped up Friday’s foursomes session early Saturday before the fourball session could begin. The four matches were split as the Americans kept their 1-point lead over the Internationals. Once fourball action started, Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson cruised to 4 & 3 win over Angel Cabrera and Branden Grace to get the first point of the round. Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson moved to 5-1 as a team as they fought off Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, 2 & 1. Bradley and Mickelson went 3-0 at last year’s Ryder Cup. Jason Day and Graham DeLaet won the only match for the Internationals in this session. They earned a hard-fought, 2-up win over Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth. The United States won the final two matches. Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan held off Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, 2-up. Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar won their third straight match as they beat Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, 1-up.