Presidents Cup: USA lead Internationals 6.5 to 5.5 after Friday foursomes
Last Updated: 05/10/13 5:08pm
Angel Cabrera and Mark Leishman: A birdie on the 17th green helped the Internationals to a valuable point
Play resumed on Saturday morning at the Presidents Cup as the United States maintained their slender one-point lead over the Internationals at Muirfield Village.
Four foursomes matches were halted by darkness on Friday after a storm delay of over two-and-a-half hours in Dublin, Ohio, with the Americans leading in two and the Internationals ahead in the other two.
Each side won two matches apiece after the resumption of play to make the overall score USA 6.5 Internationals 5.5.
Bradley/Mickelson won 4&3 v Day/Delaet
Haas/Mahan lost 4&3 v de Jonge/Els
Spieth/Stricker won 2&1 v Grace/Sterne
Simpson/Snedeker lost 2&1 v Leishman/Cabrera
Woods/Kuchar won 4&2 v Schwartzel/Oosthuizen
Dufner/Johnson lost 2&1 v Matsuyama/Scott
Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth opened up a two-point lead for the US after they edged South African pairing Branden Grace and Richard Sterne 2&1, while this year's WGC Match Play winner Matt Kuchar and World No 1 Tiger Woods improved to 2-0 as a partnership by beating Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel 4&2.
"It was a hell of a fight," Kuchar said. "Charl and Louis played really well. We had six birdies in the first seven holes and they were right there with us."
However, the Internationals closed the gap again after victories in the other two matches.
Former US and Masters champion Angel Cabrera and partner Marc Leishman defeated Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker 2&1.
And in the last match, reigning Augusta champion Adam Scott and Japanese starlet Hideki Matsuyama also came through 2&1, despite a late revival from major winners Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.
Scott and Matsuyama went five up after 12 holes but the Americans rallied to win the next three holes with birdies but halved the next two.
Five four-ball matches and five foursomes matches on the regular schedule are still set to be completed by sunset Saturday to get the event back on schedule, weather permitting.