DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – The United States opened up a commanding five-point lead over the Internationals before play was suspended at the 10th Presidents Cup on Saturday with four matches yet to be completed after another day of foul weather.
Needing 17-1/2 points to retain the trophy, the Americans ended a day of sporadic sunshine and occasionally heavy downpours leading the Internationals by 11-1/2 points to 6-1/2.
DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct 5 (Reuters) – With Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods providing a few moments of magic, the United States tightened their grip on the Presidents Cup with a superb display of golf in Saturday’s weather-delayed fourball matches.
Seeking an eighth triumph over the Internationals in the 10th edition of the biennial team competition, the Americans won four of the five encounters and lost the other at a rain-soaked Muirfield Village Golf Club.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Torrential rain forced play to be suspended at the weather-hit Presidents Cup on Saturday as puddles formed on greens and fairways after the United States had seized early control of the fourball matches.
However, the thunderstorm was expected to pass through the area relatively quickly and maintenance crews were already working hard to prepare the greens at Muirfield Village Golf Club for a resumption.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Tiger Woods remained unbeaten at this week’s Presidents Cup as the United States maintained a one-point lead over the Internationals after the weather-delayed foursomes ended on Saturday morning.
Woods and his playing partner Matt Kuchar beat in-form South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel 4&2 in the marquee match of six before the Americans finished the opening foursomes session at Muirfield Village with an overall lead of 6-1/2 points to 5-1/2.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – With Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley setting the tone, the United States remained one point in front of the Internationals when Friday’s weather-hit foursomes were suspended for the day at the Presidents Cup.
Mickelson and Bradley completed a 4&3 win over Australian Jason Day and Canada’s Graham DeLaet in the top match and soon after South African Ernie Els and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge triumphed by the same margin against Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan.
DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Foursomes play at the Presidents Cup was set to resume at 5:45 p.m. local (2145 GMT) on Friday after a weather delay of just over two-and-a-half hours due to a thunderstorm had halted early United States dominance.
Though officials hope to get in a further one-and-a-half hours of play at rain-softened Muirfield Village Golf Club, the opening foursomes session was all but certain to spill over into Saturday when further thunderstorms have been forecast.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley staged a stirring comeback in the top match as the United States seized early control of Friday’s foursomes at the Presidents Cup before play was suspended due to a thunderstorm.
Torrential rain swept across Muirfield Village Golf Club and, as thunder rumbled overhead, the siren sounded at 3:09 p.m. (1909 GMT) to halt the action and the players were brought off the course.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – The United States needed a par on the final hole to retain the overall lead over the Internationals on the first day of the Presidents Cup after almost throwing away a commanding advantage following a lengthy weather delay.
Steve Stricker calmly got up and down from a plugged lie in a greenside bunker to par the 18th, sinking a three-footer to secure the decisive point that allowed the Americans to finish the opening fourballs leading by 3-1/2 points to 2-1/2.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – The Internationals kept faith with the same combinations from Thursday’s fourball matches while the United States made only a few minor tweaks for Friday’s opening foursomes at the Presidents Cup.
With holders the U.S. leading by 3-1/2 points to 2-1/2 after the first day of the biennial team competition, the Internationals are under pressure to flourish in an alternate-shot format which has traditionally been their Achilles heel.
DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The United States were in early control of the opening fourballs at the Presidents Cup on Thursday when play was suspended because of a thunderstorm.
With the Americans leading in five of the six matches and all square in the other, play was halted at 2.38 pm local (1838 GMT).