USA establish break at Presidents Cup
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 The Presidents Cup | Day Three | 06 Oct 2013
Weather and darkness have again impacted play on day three at the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village in Columbus in Ohio and as the teams settle down for the night the Americans lead by 11½ to 6½ with four Foursome matches still alive on the golf course and needing to be completed tomorrow.
Of those four matches the Americans lead in one, the Internationals in two and one is currently all square. There are a number of permutations still remaining to determine the final outcome before Sunday’s singles match ups but if the matches go according to current on course scoring the Americans will lead 13 to 9 which in most people’s eyes would seem a ’bridge too far’ for the Internationals.
The matches remaining when the players returned to complete the Friday Foursomes early on Saturday went according to how they were left on Friday evening with the Americans taking a 6½ to 5½ lead into the Saturday Four-ball and Foursomes.
It would be in the morning Four-balls however when the Americans took the ascendancy. The dominated the morning play winning four of the five encounters and taking a 10½ to 6½ lead into the afternoon Foursomes.
Early on it appeared the Internationals might just claw some of that lead back when they led all matches but the Americans fought back, no more so than in the match between Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson who turned a two hole deficit against Marc Leishman and Richard Sterne into a 4&3 victory. It was the only point finalised in the afternoon.
If the Internationals are to have any remote chance now they need to hold on to the lead they have in two of the remaining four Foursome matches and find a way to claw back the deficit in the match in which they are behind and go ahead in the match which they in which they are all square.
In those matches Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama trail Bill Haas and Steve Stricker by two holes but with eight holes remaining there is time to fight back. The same could be said of the match between Jason Day and Graham DeLeat and the Americans Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley which is all square through 13 holes.
If the Internationals can find a way to get within three points of the Americans before Sunday’s Single matches then they stand a chance but only a chance. Even that might be a case of daring to dream but in last year’s Ryder Cup the Europeans trailed by four heading into the Singles and pulled off a remarkable win.
This is not the Ryder Cup however and the Internationals are not the Europeans. The American victory that most were predicting early in the week is looking more and more likely.
The Saturday Foursome matches resume at 7.35am and finish at 9.00am, Singles pairings to be made at 8.00am, with the Singles beginning at 9.00am. It is a tight schedule no doubt brought forward to accommodate an further delays.
Third day – Partial Scores
Match 19 Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) defeated Richard Sterne/Marc Leishman (International), 4 and 3
In Progress Matches
Match 18 Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International) all-square thru 13 with Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.)
Match 20 Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) 2-up thru 10 on Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (International)
Match 21 Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International) 2-up thru 9 on Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.)
Match 22 Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Intl) 3-up thru 12 on Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)