How it happened: U.S. takes lead at Presidents Cup

A Presidents Cup flagstick is seen on the 18th green prior to the start of the event at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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The McGladrey Classic

Sea Island, GA - Seaside Course

10:49:09 AM ET. 10/24/2014




PosNameTodayThruScore
T1Brendon de Jonge-414-6
T1Will MacKenzie-113-6
T1Mark Wilson-39-6
T4Russell Henley-310-5
T4Scott Piercy-29-5
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Early on, it looked like the Americans were poised to sweep the opening four-ball matches Thursday at the Presidents Cup.

The U.S., which holds a 7-1-1 all-time record in the Cup, led in all six matches before a weather delay suspended play for about an hour and a half. After that, though, the Internationals rallied, and only trail by one point after the first day of play at Muirfield Village.

Americans Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar routed Marc Leishman and Angel Cabrera, 5 and 4, to grab the first point for the Americans. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson also notched a big win for the U.S., defeating Richard Sterne and Brendan Grace, 5 and 3.

But the other four matches were much closer.

Internationals Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel downed Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1, and Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama fought back for a halve against Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson.

Jason Day and Graham DeLaet turned it on late, as well, for a 1-up victory over Americans Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker. And Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker led the whole way, but had to hold on eveyr bit of the way for a 1-up win over Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els.

Here's how the entire day unfolded:

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

de Jonge is the only player to find the green in regulation at the par-4 18th, but Stricker hits a fantastic bunker shot from a buried lie to a short-sided pin and has less than 3 feet for par. de Jonge's birdie try rolls a bit past on the low side. The hole is halved.

U.S. WINS, 1 UP

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

With the match dormie, all but Spieth are on in regulation at the long par-4 17th. His pitch misses badly and Haas rolls a birdie putt 3-4 feet past. de Jonge misses a birdie try as well, but Els makes from about 15 feet to narrow the Internationals' deficit.

THRU 17 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Dufner goes for the green in two, and finds that he has an awkward lie near the green side bunker. From 120 yards out, Johnson puts his approach shot to 15 feet. Dufner chops it out and gets to to 10 feet. Sterne needed to make it from the bunker for birdie and can not.

U.S. WINS, 5 AND 3

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Els shines off the tee, hitting it to about 5 feet or so, though de Jonge and Stricker have good looks at birdie as well. But nobody converts and the hole is halved.

THRU 16 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Everyone finds the fairway again, with Matsuyama getting the best end result – hitting to about a foot earning a conceded birdie. Simpson hits a solid bunker shot that isn't enough after Matsuyama's approach, while Haas takes aim at a birdie putt of about 25 feet but misses low.

MATCH HALVED

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Schwartzel sticks his approach shot to 6 feet and taps in for birdie as Mickelson and Bradley make par. Internationals take the match.

INTERNATIONALS WIN, 2 AND 1

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Johnson makes an 8 foot birdie putt at the par-4 to go 4-up and dormie in the match.

THRU 14 HOLES: U.S., 4 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Spieth reaches the green in two at the par-5 15th, with the others needing short shots greenside to get on. Spieth's putt stops pin high and about a foot or a little more from the hole and is conceded a birdie. de Jonge makes a 4- or 5-footer to keep pace.

THRU 15 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

Day drains a long birdie putt to win the hole and the match.

INTERNATIONALS WIN, 1 UP

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

With Tiger in for par and both Internationals having missed the green, Cabrera needs to chip-in for birdie to extend the match, and he leaves it just short.

U.S. WINS, 5 AND 4

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

At the long par-4 17th, this match takes on a new life. Haas misses the fairway, but finds the green as Simpson misses the green from the fairway; Matsuyama and Scott both reach in regulation. Scott misses his putt well left. Haas sinks his birdie putt. Matsuyama misses low and the Americans are back in front.

THRU 17 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Dufner has a good look at birdie from 8 feet, but it doesn't drop. Grace and Sterne were both in with pars before Dufner had his putt.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Bradley had a 25 footer for birdie, but slide it 5 feet past the hole. Mickelson has dunked his ball in the water and is out of the hole. Since the Internationals are already in the pressure is on for Bradley to make the putt and he does.

THRU 15 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

They're all in the fairway at the short par-4 14th, and Els is the first to make par – after which Spieth makes a birdie putt of about 10 feet or more to take the Americans' lead back to 2 in this match, perhaps restoring some momentum the team could use right now.

THRU 14 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Mickelson and Bradley both make birdies, as does Schawartzel, and the Internationals keep a 1-up lead.

THRU 15 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Sterne has a good look at birdie from 15 feet, but can't convert. Johnson taps in for par to maintain the U.S. lead.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

DeLaet misses a birdie putt from just outside 5 feet. Snedeker then drains his 5-footer for birdie to even the match back up.

THRU 17 HOLES: All square

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Having birdied each of the previous par 3s, Bill Haas' tee shot at the 16th finds the green again but more than 30 feet from the pin. But it's Matsuyama who cards birdie this time and pulls himself and Scott even.

THRU 16 HOLES: All square

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

With the other three players in the fairway, Woods finds the left rough with his drive at No. 13. Woods can't find the green with his second shot, but Kuchar drains a birdie putt to put this match at dormie.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 5 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

De Jonge hits his approach inside 10 feet and makes the birdie putt after Stricker pars, cutting the Americans' lead.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

The U.S. looks to get dormie at the par-5 15th. But Adam Scott gets greenside in two – and holes out for eagle to pull the Internationals closer in this match.

THRU 15 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

DeLaet hits an incredible tee ball to 2 feet at the par-3 16th to give the Internationals a 1-up lead, as Mahan narrowly misses a bunker shot and Snedeker misses a 15-footer from above the hole.

THRU 16 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Mickelson and Bradley both miss out on ideal birdie opportunities, and the hole is halved with pars.

THRU 14 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Jason Dufner makes a 5-footer for birdie after a great approach shot at the par-5 11th and the U.S. extends its lead.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

Both Americans are inside 10 feet off the tee at the par-3 12th. Cabrera and Leishman can't make their birdie putts, but Woods can, and the Americans take the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 4 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Els, Spieth and Stricker find the green at the par-3 12th, while de Jonge finds the intermediate cut again. de Jonge makes birdie, and Spieth makes as well for the halve.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

DeLaet lags his eagle putt close at the par-5 15th and is conceded birdie. Mahan misses his birdie putt, and so does Snedeker, and the Internationals square the match.

THRU 15 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Grace picks up a birdie at the par-4 10th and cuts into the U.S. lead. Things are tightening up across the board.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

After Cabrera finds the water with his second shot at the par-5 11th, Tiger finds the water with his third shot. Kuchar and Leishman both find the green in three. After Leishman birdies, Kuchar makes his birdie putt, and the hole is halved.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Scott drives the green at this 309-yard par 4, but is 70 feet or more from the pin. Simpson answers with a second shot to about 5 feet. Scott lags his eagle attempt to about 5 feet or more, then makes the birdie putt. Simpson also makes his putt to preserve the margin in this match.

THRU 14 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Bradley makes a big birdie putt from the fringe, but Schwartzel matches with a 10-footer and the Internationals remain in front.

THRU 13 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

De Jonge gets greenside in two at this par 5, leaving himself 35 feet or so from the pin just short of the green. Spieth and Stricker wedge on in three – both about 3 feet or so from the hole. de Jonge two-putts from the fairway as the Americans match it.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

DeLaet and Snedeker trade birdies at par-4 14th to halve a sixth straight hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Hideki Matsuyama goes collar-to-collar, then gets up and down for par. But Bill Haas makes his second birdie in as many holes to extend the American's lead in this match.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

DeLaet's par cancels out pars from both Americans, and No. 13 is halved.

THRU 13 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

With Tiger in with a two-putt par at the par-4 10th hole, Cabrera misses a short par putt, and the Americans take the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Bradley hits an outstanding tee ball at the 12th, getting it to 5 feet, but then pushes the birdie putt past the hole and it is halved.

THRU 12 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Jason Dufner buries a birdie bomb from near 40 feet, but Sterne matches him from 25 feet and the hole is halved with birdies.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

de Jonge hits his approach inside 5 feet for a chance to narrow the margin in this match – but Spieth makes a putt from 30 feet or more to post birdie first, securing a halve as de Jonge makes his short putt as well.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Three 3s and a 2 – Bill Haas carding the birdie at the par-3 12th to immediately restore the Americans' lead.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Oosthuizen picks up a birdie and neither Bradley or Mickelson can match it, with Lefty missing from 15 feet. The Internationals now lead a match for the first time since the opening hole of the opening match.

THRU 11 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

The par-3 12th hole is halved with pars. Day found a bunker off the tee and couldn't save par, forcing DeLaet to make his par, which he did.

THRU 12 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

With Leishman finding the water with his approach, it's all up to Cabrera on the International side for this hole, the par-4 ninth. Woods and Kuchar are both on the green, although Tiger is up against the collar. After a Cabrera par, Kuchar makes a 25-footer for birdie to win the hole.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

All but Haas find the fairway at the par-5 11th – but Matsuyama steals the show as his second shot lands less than 3 feet from the hole and settles behind the pin inside 15 feet. His putt runs past, however, and it's Adam Scott who cards birdie to square up the match with an up-and-down after getting greenside in two.

THRU 11 HOLES: All square

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Jason Dufner knocks in a 6-footer for par to halve the hole after Branden Grace made a nice par save from about 10 feet.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Everyone finds the fairway off the tee at the par-4 ninth, while de Jonge and Spieth get their approaches to about 20 feet. Both two-putt for par and the hole is halved.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

The par-5 11th is halved with birdies from Day and Snedeker.

THRU 11 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Zach Johnson misses a birdie putt from about 6 feet and the Internationals win their first hole of the match.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

Leishman makes a second straight birdie, and after Tiger misses a 5-footer for birdie, the Internationals take the par-3 eighth hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

With the match back underway, the hole is halved with pars to keep the match deadlocked.

THRU 10 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

After Tiger makes a 15-footer for birdie, Leishman responds with a birdie of his own.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Stricker, on the par-3 eighth hole, makes a birdie putt of 20 feet or more – but de Jonge answers from about 10 feet to halve the hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Weather update #2: 3:15 p.m. EDT

Play is set to resume at 4 p.m. EDT, according to officials.

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Weather update #1: 2:38 p.m. EDT

Play has been suspended due to inclement weather. Continue to check back for more updates.

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Steve Stricker, who has been the rock in this match, reaches the green in two at the par-5 seventh; his long first putt comes up about 8 feet short, but he makes the birdie effort to win the hole for the U.S.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Zach Johnson buries a 30-footer for birdie at the par-4 6th and the U.S. extends its lead.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 4 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

The Internationals are making a bit of a run here, with Schwartzel picking up a birdie at the par-4 9th to square the match.

THRU 9 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

DeLaet saves par from 6 feet before Mahan matches him with a par of his own to halve the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

The par-5 5th doesn't produce any magic, as the teams halve with pars.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Everyone hits their tee ball in the fairway at the par-4 ninth, with only Matsuyama missing the green. Scott cashes in for birdie to narrow the Internationals' deficit in this match.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

Tiger drains a 9-footer for birdie at the par-4 sixth to win the hole. He delivers a big fist pump after that one.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Louis Oosthuizen buries a long birdie putt at the par-3 8th to cut the U.S. lead to a single hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

All four players find the fairway at the par-4 sixth, and the green as well. Jordan Spieth makes his first birdie of the day and de Jonge matches to halve the hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

DeLaet and Snedeker trade birdies at the par-4 ninth, and the hole is halved.

THRU 9 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Everyone but Simpson finds the green at the par-3 eighth, with Haas closest to the pin. Simpson gets up and down for par, while Matsuyama and Scott two-putt – Haas makes his birdie to extend the Americans' lead.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

For the first time today, Bradley is the difference on a hole, making a 10-footer for eagle on the par-5 7th to extend the U.S. lead.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

Woods lays up to about 100 yards on the par-5 fifth hole, and after Cabrera makes birdie and Kuchar misses his birdie putt, Woods drains a 5-footer to halve the hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Jason Dufner makes a clutch putt to halve the hole and the U.S. maintains its commanding lead.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

All four players find the sand off the tee at the par-3 eighth, and all but Day fail to save par. Internationals take the hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

de Jonge reaches the green in two at the par-5 fifth hole, then two-putts for birdie. Spieth, on in three, misses his birdie putt – but Stricker, also on in three, side-doors his birdie putt to earn another halve.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Scott and Simpson reach the green in two at the par-5 seventh hole; Scott misses his eagle putt, then Simpson does the same and the hole is halved with birdies.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

A halve with pars after Bradley misses an 8-footer for birdie and Mickelson runs a 15-footer past the hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Zach Johnson makes a 5-footer for a third consecutive birdie for the U.S. team and they've taken complete control early.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

Day cozies his long eagle putt to gimme range at the par-5 seventh hole. Snedeker and Mahan can't match and the Internationals get a hole back.

THRU 7 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

Tiger misses the green off the tee at the par-3 fourth hole, but manages to get up and down to save par. The other three players make par, as well, and the hole is halved.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Stricker and de Jonge find the green while Spieth and Els miss; the latter two can't get up and down for par, while Stricker and de Jonge match one another with two-putt pars to halve the hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

Tiger finds a third straight fairway to start this match, and all except Cabrera are in the fairway at the par-4 third hole. Tiger finds the green before missing a 23-footer for birdie. No one else makes birdie, either, and the hole is halved.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Matsuyama, Scott and Simpson find the green here, while Haas gets up and down for par. The Internationals miss their birdie tries and the hole is halved.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Phil Mickelson gets to the green in two and two-putts for a birdie, while Charl Schwartzel matches him after an incredible second shot through two trees from 245 yards that found the right side of the green.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Jason Dufner hits his second shot to 3 feet and he taps that in to extend the U.S. lead. They lead in all six matches.

THRU 2 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Phil Mickelson hits an outstanding tee ball at the par-3 4th, settling 4 feet to the right of the cup and he drains the putt. Neither Schwartzel or Oosthuizen can match, and the U.S. regains the lead.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

As at the first hole, de Jonge and Els miss the green in regulation again – and Stricker seizes a birdie opportunity to win the hole for the Americans again.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

After a Snedeker birdie at the par-4 sixth, Day and DeLaet can't match, and the Americans take a 3-up lead.

THRU 6 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Haas and Scott find the green here, the Aussie doing so in two shots on this par-4 while Haas laid up. Haas makes birdie, while Scott's eagle putt just lips out and the hole is halved.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

Kuchar is in the rough off the tee while Tiger and the two Internationals find the fairway. Tiger then finds the green, as does Cabrera. Tiger misses a 12-footer for birdie, but the Internationals both have 5-footers for par. Cabrera makes his to halve the hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: U.S, 1 up

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Match #6: Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (Internationals) vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.)

Zach Johnson hits an outstanding approach shot to about 8 feet behind the hole and makes the putt for an opening birdie, winning the hole in the process. Grace nearly matched it, but his 20-footer sat on the lip.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley both miss lengthy birdie tries to win the hole, allowing Oosthuizen to hole a 4-footer to halve the hole with par.

THRU 3 HOLES: All square

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Spieth finds trouble off the tee and Stricker around the green, giving de Jonge the ability to earn a point with a par.

THRU 2 HOLES: All square

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

DeLaet and Snedeker give their teams birdies at the par-5 fifth hole, and the hole is halved. All five holes have been won with birdies so far in this match.

THRU 5 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #5: Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (Internationals) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.)

Tiger splits the fairway with 3-wood and gives the club a little twirl. He then sticks his approach to 13 feet. Kuchar is just inside of that. Cabrera and Leishman can't make their birdie putts, and neither can Tiger. But Kuchar makes his birdie to win the hole.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

They're all on the green at the par-4 third hole. Scott is first to two-putt for par and Simpson follows suit, after which Matsuyama rolls in a birdie. Haas then matches Matsuyama to preserve the Americans' lead in this match.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Everyone has a short approach at this par-4 third hole – and Scott and Simpson match birdies here, halving the hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #4: Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (Internationals) vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

Els and de Jonge miss the green while Spieth and Stricker find the green, placing the U.S. in solid shape to earn a point here. Spieth's putt runs past, while Stricker makes birdie to give the Americans the edge out of the gate.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Charl Schwartzel nails a birdie putt after Mickelson misses the fairway at No. 2 and can't get to the green in regulation. Both Bradley and Mickelson settle for pars.

THRU 2 HOLES: All square

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Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

Hunter Mahan sticks his tee shot to 4 feet at the par-4 fourth, and the U.S. extends its lead in this match.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Everyone finds the fairway at No. 2, and then the green. None of the birdie putts fall, and the hole is halved with pars all around.

THRU 2 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match #3: Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (Internationals) vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.)

Phil Mickelson putts out of order after hitting his second shot to about 20 feet and drains the putt from the right of the hole. Oosthuizen has a chance to match the birdie, but misses the 12-footer and the U.S. takes an early lead.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

Just like at No. 2, all four players find the fairway off the tee at the par-4 third hole. And just like the previous hole, as well, DeLaet and Mahan trade good approaches. Snedeker and Day have birdie putts, too. With Day in with par, DeLaet misses his birdie putt from 13 feet. After a Mahan miss, Snedeker drains his 6-footer for birdie to take the hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match #2: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Internationals) vs. Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.)

With three pars in the group, including a clutch 8-footer from Matsuyama, Webb Simpson makes a birdie putt to give the U.S. a quick 1-up lead in the day's second match.

THRU 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

All four players find the short grass off the tee at the par-4 second hole. DeLaet then sticks his approach to about 9 feet, but Mahan answers by putting his approach shot to about 3 feet. After DeLaet misses his birdie try, Mahan converts his to square the match.

THRU 2 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match #1: Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (Internationals) vs. Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.)

The weather is a bit cloudy, but comfortable as the 10th Presidents Cup gets under way. A pretty rowdy crowd on the first tee box, mostly vocal about the U.S. Both Mahan and Day split the fairway to get things started while DeLaet and Snedeker are in fairway bunkers. Snedeker goes from bunker to bunker before DeLaet finds the green with his approach. Mahan and Day are also on the putting surface. Mahan and Snedeker each make par after a good lag putt and bunker shot, respectively. DeLaet then drains a 12-footer for birdie to give the Internationals the early lead.

THRU 1 HOLE: Internationals, 1 up

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Wednesday coverage

Presidents Cup: Day 1 staff predictions

Here's a look at our staff predictions for Day 1 four-balls at the Presidents Cup, set to begin at 11:45 a.m. EDT at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

Hole by hole: Muirfield Village, Presidents Cup

Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, is the House that Jack Built for stroke play near his hometown of Columbus -- nearly four decades after opening, it's ideal for match play too.

Presidents Cup notes: Scioto plaque recognizes Nicklaus-Grout legacy

Though many modern golf fans might associate Jack Nicklaus with Muirfield Village, his roots in the game actually are about 15 minutes south of here, at Scioto Country Club.

Rude: Format change more important than Day 1 pairings

The six Thursday matchups for the Presidents Cup have been determined. But, for the sake of the International team’s chances and cup growth, the pairings are not as important as the opening-day format itself.

Babineau: Southern Africa contingent key for Internationals

If captain Nick Price and his International squad are really, truly – and finally – going to get their Charlie Brown-like fortunes reversed, and make this biennial event competitive, then it’s likely a contingent from southern Africa that provides the key to opening the door.

Presidents Cup: Tiger Woods' 19th different partner? Matt Kuchar

And for his eighth Presidents Cup, 15th international competition and 69th session team match since 1997, Tiger Woods gets a 19th different partner – Matt Kuchar.

Jason Dufner dances in on Matt Kuchar interview

It started as a normal Google+ Hangout with Matt Kuchar Tuesday at the Presidents Cup, but then Jason Dufner showed up.

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Tuesday coverage

Rude: Tiger Woods is happy and loose at Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods was "happy and chill" at his pre-Presidents Cup interview on Tuesday. Why you ask? He's at the Presidents, a.k.a. Ryder Cup Lite says Golfweek's Jeff Rude.

Zach Johnson sick, but will be ready for Prez Cup

Zach Johnson was stricken was the 24-hour bug on Sunday night and spend the next 20 hours at home in bed. No need to fret, Johnson, who will play a practice round on Wednesday, said he will be able to go for Thursday's start of the Presidents CUp at Muirfield.

Presidents Cup: Stricker excited about possible Spieth pairing

Steve Stricker had to skip a hunting trip with buddies in order to play the Tour Championship, but at this week’s Presidents Cup, he’s expected to land the young buck that has everyone’s attention: Jordan Spieth.

Louis Oosthuizen ready to tee it up at Prez Cup after injury

Although Louis Oosthuizen has been plagued with neck, back and leg issues throughout the 2013 season – after months of rest – he is ready to tee it up at the Presidents Cup this week at Muirfield Village.

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