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).
DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct 3 (Reuters) – With Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker spectacularly setting the tone in the first match, the United States dominated the early going in the opening fourballs at the Presidents Cup on Thursday.
Mahan and Snedeker made five birdies between them in the first five holes and were one up on Australian Jason Day and Canada’s Graham DeLaet heading into the back nine on a muggy day at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Adam Scott and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama may have a language barrier between them but the Australian is confident that the duo can win points together for the Internationals at this week’s Presidents Cup.
Masters champion Scott and 21-year-old Cup rookie Matsuyama have been paired for Thursday’s opening fourballs at Muirfield Village Golf Club and will take on Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson in the second match out.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Not much has gone right for the Internationals at the Presidents Cup over the last decade but their new captain Nick Price is aiming to change that after winning a valuable concession for the first day of competition.
For the first time since the 1996 edition of the biennial team competition, the opening session will feature fourball matches instead of the alternate-shot format, which has so often been an Achilles heel for the Internationals.