Presidents Cup, Capsules
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Capsules on the foursomes matches Friday and Saturday morning at the Presidents Cup, and fourballs matches Saturday:
INTERNATIONAL 3, UNITED STATES 3
One day after their first loss as a team, Phil Mickelson and Keegan were at their best -- and needed to be. The Internationals birdied three of the opening five holes, yet the match was all square. Bradley twice made big putts -- for birdie on No. 2 and par on No. 4 -- to halve the hole. Bradley hit a hybrid into 15 feet on No. 5 and Mickelson made the eagle putt to level the match. And that was that. The Americans birdied the next three holes to go 3 up, Day and DeLaet started the back nine bogey-par-bogey, and only two late mistakes by Bradley allowed this match to get to the 15th.
De Jonge played beautifully for the second straight day, and this time Els joined him. They were 4-under through five holes to build a 3-up lead and never lost a hole. The Americans had a chance to take momentum into the back nine when Mahan stuck his approach on the ninth hole to a foot and de Jonge found the bunker left of the green. Els holed the bunker shot for birdie to halve the hole, and the Internationals went 4 up two holes later with a birdie on the par-5 11th. The Internationals were 8-under went the match ended on the 15th.
The Internationals did well to keep from falling into a deep hole early. Grace chipped in from 50 feet on No. 2 for a halve, Sterne made a 6-foot par putt for a halve on No. 4 and Grace made a 25-foot birdie for a halve on No. 7. Spieth made a collection of birdie putts, including a 15-footer on No. 8 for a 2-up lead, and one from about the same distance on No. 12 to go 4 up. Grace hit a splendid shot from a deep fairway bunker to 2 feet on No. 13 to win the hole. Stricker made a 20-foot birdie on the 15th to stay 3 up, and the Americans closed it out on the 17th with a par.
This proved to be the pivotal match of the foursomes session, with the Americans and Internationals trading big wins in the other matches. The Americans went 1 up with a birdie on the second hole, but their bogey on No. 6 squared the match. This match featured the fewest amount of birdies, and it was only fitting that the Internationals took their first lead on the par-5 11th with a par. The biggest cheer came on the 12th, when a boisterous fan distracted Cabrera three times over his 25-foot birdie putt until the Argentine holed it for a 2-up lead. Snedeker hit 9-iron to a foot when play resumed Saturday morning to square the match. Leishman answered with an 8-foot birdie on the 15th, and he hit 7-iron to a foot on the 17th for birdie to win.
In another excellent display of shots and putts, the Americans were 6-under through eight holes and still only had a 1-up lead. Oosthuizen and Schwartzel were up to the task, but it only took a couple of mistakes to give the Americans control. Oosthuizen missed a 5-foot par putt on the ninth as the Americans went 2 up. And after Woods went long of the par-3 12th green -- a certain bogey -- Oosthuizen hit 7-iron into the water and the Americans went 3-up by winning the hole with a bogey. They halved the next three holes, and the Americans were conceded birdie on the 16th.
Dufner and Johnson won both their foursomes matches at the Ryder Cup last year. They didn't bring their best golf for Scott and Matsuyama. They conceded a birdie on the second hole. They lost the par-5 11th hole with a bogey when Dufner left a tough flop shot in the rough behind the green. The Internationals were 4 up through 11 holes when rain stopped play on Friday, and Dufner missed a 5-foot par putt Saturday morning to fall 5 down. The Americans birdied the next three holes to go 2 down with three to play. The next two holes were halved with pars, ending the match.
UNITED STATES 4, INTERNATIONAL 1
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, United States, def. Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, International, 2 and 1.
Mickelson and Bradley got another roll, this time in the middle of the match. Els and de Jonge, coming off a foursomes win Friday, birdied five of the first seven holes and had a 2-up lead when Mickelson birdied the eight. That started a remarkable run of seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch that took them to a 2-up advantage. De Jonge fought back with a birdie on the 16th to close the gap to 1 down with two holes to play, but pars on the next hole ended the match.
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet, International, def. Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth, United States, 2 up.
Stricker and Spieth went 42 straight holes without trailing in this Presidents Cup. That ended on the par-3 eighth hole, when neither of them could make par and they fell 1 down. They never caught up, though this was one of the tightest matches in Saturday fourballs. Stricker got up-and-down on the par-5 15th for birdie to square the match with three holes to play. But on the next hole, DeLaet hit his tee shot to about 6 feet for birdie and a 1-up advantage. Going to the 18th, with the Americans needing birdie for the halve, Stricker hit into the right rough and couldn't reach the green, and Spieth narrowly missed his 25-foot birdie attempt.
Bill Haas and Webb Simpson, United States, def. Angel Cabrera and Branden Grace, International, 4 and 3.
The teams exchanged birdies on the opening two holes and the match remained all square through five holes. The Americans three of the last four holes on the front nine to take a 2-up advantage, and it was smooth sailing from there. Cabrera had back pain in the morning and clearly wasn't in top form. It might not have mattered. Haas and Simpson poured it on with five more birdies until the match ended with birdies on the 15th.
Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan, United States, def. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, International, 2 up.
Snedeker and Mahan earned their first point of the Presidents Cup, and they had to work for it. Even though they shot 30 on the front nine, the South Africans never trailed by more than two holes. Oosthuizen birdied the 14th to pull within 1 down. But both teams had to settle for par on the 15th. Oosthuizen had a great look at birdie on the 16th to square the match, but missed from about 8 feet. Oosthuizen gave his 30-foot birdie putt to win the 17th and good look, but they needed birdie on the last hole to halve the match. Oosthuizen hit into the bunker from the fairway. Schwartzel hooked his tee shot so far left that it wound up on the other side of the creek. They ended up conceding birdie putts to Snedeker and Mahan.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar, United States, def. Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, International, 1 up.
Scott and Matsuyama put the Americans in a quick hole, 2 up through three, when Woods answered with a conceded birdie from 3 feet on No. 4 and a 15-foot birdie on the sixth. Kuchar went cold with the putter, three times missing putts from inside 7 feet that would have won the hole. The Internationals reclaimed the lead with a par on the 10th, and Woods pulled his side even with an approach to 5 feet on the 13th. Kuchar scrambled from a hillside and made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 14th for the first lead by the Americans, and Woods gave them control with a fairway metal to 4 feet on the 15th for an eagle that was conceded. Matsuyama made a long birdie at the 16th to keep the Internationals in the game, and Scott had a 10-foot birdie on the 18th to potentially halve the match. Kuchar made sure that didn't happen by making a 15-foot birdie before Scott could even try.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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