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Saturday foursomes analysis

9/30/2007 - Golf

With his U.S. side leading all five Saturday morning foursomes matches just two days after compiling a 5-0-1 record against the International team in the very same format, captain Jack Nicklaus was asked by a TV reporter to explain why his players have been faring so well in alternate shot.

"I don't know what it is," he said. When prodded for further explanation, Nicklaus admitted, "Oh, it's the magic pairings of the captain."

Jack made the comment with a wry smile, but really, how else can we explain the American team's domination in foursomes during the Presidents Cup? The U.S. won all five of the second Presidents Cup foursomes session, running their record to 10-0-1 in the format and bringing the overall lead to 12-5 entering the afternoon four-ball.

Zach Johnson said it best, when asked to discern why the U.S. fared so well in alternate shot: "It's just a matter of getting some momentum and keeping it. That's the beauty of team match play.

There was a lot of beauty for the U.S. team on Saturday morning. Let's break down all five matches:





Jason Sobel is ESPN.com's golf editor. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com