Day two Presidents Cup delicately poised
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 The Presidents Cup | Day Two | 05 Oct 2013
The outcome of day two at the Presidents Cup and perhaps the overall encounter is delicately poised after rain then darkness disrupted play on day two with only two of the Foursome match ups finalised.
Both sides earned a point each before play was called and with the Internationals leading in two of the uncompleted encounters and the USA in the others then bragging rights on day two could go either way when those involved return to the course tomorrow.
Jason Day and Graham DeLeat won the first hole against Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley but the Americans reeled off seven wins in the next eight holes to take an insurmountable lead and despite a brief comeback by the International pair eventually won 4&3.
The Internationals balanced the ledger a few minutes later when Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge teamed to defeat Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan by a similar margin to the first match. The Internationals were 6 under including two eagles when their match finished at the 15th.
Still to finish however are four matches, three of which appear all but for-gone conclusions but the match-up between March Leishman and Angel Cabrera against Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker could well prove a litmus test for the remainder of the week.
The Internationals are 1 up with five holes remaining in that match and, despite losing their last hole of the day before darkness forced them from the course, they still have a 1 up lead. That is likely to be the match that decides the Day Two Foursomes encounter and might yet have an impact on the overall result.
In the other matches still to be completed Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth are 3 up on Branden Grace and Richard Sterne, Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar are three up on Louis Oosthuisen and Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama are 4 up on Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.
Play will be completed early on Saturday morning US time before the pairings for the morning Four-balls are announced followed later in the day weather permitting by the afternoon Foursomes.
Tomorrow promises to be an intriguing day and one that could potentially define the outcome of the overall encounter.