Capsules of the Presidents Cup matches
Oct. 06, 2013
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Capsules of the Sunday matches at the Presidents Cup:
FOURSOMES (United States 3½, International 1½)
Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, United States, def. Richard Sterne and Marc Leishman, International, 4 and 3.
The Internationals jumped out to a 2-up lead with a birdie on the sixth hole, and they missed a big opportunity to go 3 up on the par-5 seventh. Dufner set up Johnson for birdie on the par-3 eighth, and that sent them on their way. They birdied the ninth to square the match, took their first lead with a birdie on the par-5 11th and seized control when the Internationals bogeyed the 13th. Right when it looked as if none of the foursomes matches would end Saturday night, Johnson holed out from 115 yards on the 15th hole for an eagle and a 4-and-3 victory. It was the only match to finish Saturday night.
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet, International, halved with Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, United States.
The best match of the session — at least the finish. DeLaet and Day, together all week, jumped out to a 3-up lead through five holes and Mickelson had to make a big putt to keep it from getting worse. But as they have done all week, the Americans found their groove. They birdie the eighth to win their first hole, and then won the 11th and 13th holes to square the match. Bradley returned Sunday morning to make a 25-foot birdie on the 14th to go 1 up. DeLaet made a sensational putt from 20 feet for birdie to halve the 15th, and the match was square when Bradley hit into the water on the 16th. On the final hole, Mickelson was blocked by a tree when he hooked a 7-iron from 190 yards into 10 feet. DeLaet chipped in for birdie and what looked to be an International point until Bradley made the birdie on top of him to halve the match.
Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker, United States, def. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, International, 1 up.
This was more of a collapse than a rally. The Springboks went out in 32 and were 3 up and the turn, and showed no sign of doing anything but giving the International team a point. But when they returned from the rain delay Sunday morning, everything changed. The South Africans missed the green and took bogey on the 13th. They came up short of the 14th green and made bogey. They hit out-of-bounds on the 15 and made double bogey, and just like that, the match was square. The Americans took their first lead when the Internationals missed the 17th green for another bogey. Oosthuizen had a 25-foot birdie putt to halve the match, but it slid by the hole.
Bill Haas and Steve Stricker, United States, def. Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, International, 4 and 3.
Haas was truly a man of the people this week — the only player on either team with three partners during the team matches. Jordan Spieth sat out, giving Stricker a new partner, and they were lethal. Haas was putting just as well as Stricker. They fell behind when Scott set up Matsuyama for birdie on the fourth, but squared the match with a birdie on the fifth and took the lead with a birdie on the next hole. They were 3 up at the turn, and while the Internationals won the 10th hole, the Americans answered with birdies on the 12th and 14th to seize control.
Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, International, def. Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar, United States, 1 up.
Els and de Jonge completed a week of big opponents — they faced Stricker and Spieth, Mickelson and Bradley, and lastly Woods and Kuchar. The Internationals quickly built a 2-up lead and held it, though it was close at the end. Els and de Jonge went 2 up on the 12th, and de Jonge made an 8-foot birdie on the 14th to go 3 up. Woods and Kuchar won the 15th with an eagle, and de Jonge went into the water on the 16th as the International lead went to 1 up. Kuchar had an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th to square the match, but he missed it. Els had to make a 4-foot par putt on the 18th for the win, and he made it. Woods and Kuchar lost for the first time all week.