How it happened: U.S. still leads amid rain

Nick Price, captain of the International team, and Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. team, watch the action on 7th hole during the Day 2 foursome matches at Muirfield Village.

Nick Price, captain of the International team, and Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. team, watch the action on 7th hole during the Day 2 foursome matches at Muirfield Village.

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After the Americans took the lead in every four-ball match early on Thursday, the Internationals were able to rally after a weather delay to end the opening day of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village just one point back, 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.

They remain one point back after Friday's weather-shortened foursomes session.

Just two foursomes matches were completed as heavy rain delayed play for nearly three hours. Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson earned a point for the U.S. with a 4-and-3 victory over Jason Day and Graham DeLaet while Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els got a point for the Internationals after a 4-and-3 win over Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan.

The score is now 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 in favor of the Americans, and play will resume Saturday at 7:35 a.m. EDT.

We followed the action all day long! Check out how the two completed matches unfolded, as well as the status of the other four foursomes matches:

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Update No. 1: 7:23 p.m. EDT

Play has been suspended due to darkness. Play will resume Saturday at 7:35 a.m. EDT.

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 12: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Oosthuizen's tee ball finds the water at the par-3 12th, and then he can't make a bogey putt. Kuchar makes bogey, and the Americans take the hole.

THROUGH 12 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 14: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Stricker and Grace can't get 20-foot birdie putts to fall, and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 15: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

As Haas misses an eagle chip at this par 5, Els putts close enough to assume birdie and the Americans concede the match.

INTERNATIONALS WIN, 4 AND 3

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 11: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Tiger hits a par 5 in two shots for the third time today, but Oosthuizen also finds the putting surface in two shots, and the hole is eventually halved with birdies.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 15: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Bradley sinks the match-clinching birdie after the Internationals are conceded birdie.

U.S. WINS, 4 AND 3

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 13: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Grace hits a great approach from a fairway bunker and is conceded birdie. Stricker misses the green right from an awkward stance – one of his feet was down in a fairway bunker – and Spieth can't hole the chip.

THROUGH 13 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 10: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Both sides find the fairway and then the green; Dufner's putt slides slowly past on the high side. Matsuyama misses as well and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 12: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Simpson hits it into the bunker at this par 3, while Leishman finds the green – and Cabrera cashes in for the Internationals' second-straight birdie in this match.

THROUGH 12 HOLES: Internationals, 2 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 14: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

Both teams find the fairway and the green; de Jonge has a birdie try to win this match, but misses low and the hole is halved with pars. The match is dormie.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: Internationals, 4 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 12: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Spieth birdies after Stricker hits his tee shot to about 7 feet at the par-3 12th, and the Americans win the hole.

THROUGH 12 HOLES: U.S., 4 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 11: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Both groups stumble their way to the green at this par-5, but the Internationals scramble for par while Snedeker misses about a 10-footer for par and the U.S. falls behind.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 14: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Bradley sends his drive into the right rough and after an American bogey, the Internationals are conceded birdie after a nice approach by Day.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: U.S., 4 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 10: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Kuchar makes a 4-footer to save par and halve the match.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 9: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Both groups go fairway-green; Scott must lag to about 3 feet, while Johnson has a better look at birdie and just misses. The hole is halved with pars as the day's final match makes the turn not long before sunset is coming to Dublin.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 10: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Cabrera misses the green with his approach, but he and Leishman team for an up and down that halves the hole after Simpson's birdie putt from about 20 feet misses.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 11: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

With the Internationals in with par at the par-5 11th, Stricker misses a short birdie putt, and the hole is halved.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 13: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Bradley misses a 6-footer for par after Mickelson nearly holes a birdie chip, and the Internationals stay alive in this match.

THROUGH 13 HOLES: U.S., 5 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 12: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

Both tee shots at this par 3 provide birdie tries of about 15 feet – both of which miss and the hole is halved with pars, the Internationals moving closer to a point.

THROUGH 12 HOLES: Internationals, 4 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 9: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Kuchar misses a 10-footer for birdie, but Oosthuizen misses a short par putt, and the Americans take the hole.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 8: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

A Scott chip and Matsuyama putt earn an up-and-down par for the Internationals, and that's enough to win the hole as Dufner can't convert a par putt of about 7 feet or so.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 11: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

Another hole, another birdie putt made by de Jonge for the Internationals. But Mahan misses from about 15 feet or so, and the U.S. slips further behind.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: Internationals, 4 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 10: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Stricker sinks an 8-footer for birdie to win a second straight hole for the Americans in this match.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 7: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Both groups lay up at this par 5 and are on the green in three. Matsuyama misses his birdie attempt, while Dufner makes – and narrows the margin a bit.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: Internationals, 2 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 8: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Both groups go fairway-green. Cabrera just misses from about 25 feet to secure a par, while Snedeker also misses and another hole is halved.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 12: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

After DeLaet misses the green at this par 3, Day chips through the green. The Americans again need just a two-putt to win the hole, and they get it after Bradley makes the par save. This match is now dormie.

THROUGH 12 HOLES: U.S., 6 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 8: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Tiger finds the sand off the tee at this par 3, but he and Kuchar complete the up-and-down to save par. But Schwartzel makes a short birdie to win the hole.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 11: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Bradley's second shot on this par 5 finds the putting surface, and with the Internationals in with a conceded par, the Americans two-putt for birdie to win another hole.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: U.S., 5 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 7: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Both Kuchar and Schwartzel just miss birdie putts, and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 9: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Stricker makes a 4-footer to save par and halve the hole.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 11: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

An improbable long, left-to-right, downhill putt by Mahan finds the bottom of the hole for a U.S. birdie – but de Jonge rolls in a birdie as well and the hole is halved.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 6: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Dufner and Matsuyama both find the fairway, while Johnson and Scott both find the gree – and it's Matsuyama who make a birdie putt for stretch his team's lead.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 7: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

At this par 5, both teams find the fairway and both get close in two but neither is on – and neither can get up and down for birdie. Pars halve the hole.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 8: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Spieth birdies the par-3 eighth after the rain delay to double the Americans' lead in this match.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 10: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

The Americans win a hole for the fifth time in their last six holes in this match, taking the par-4 10th with par.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: U.S., 4 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 6: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Coming out of the rain delay, Tiger Woods drains a 15-footer for birdie to take the hole.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Weather update No. 4: 5 p.m. EDT

The restart is set for 5:45 p.m. EDT, meaning players will have just more than an hour of daylight.

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Weather update No. 3: 4:39 p.m. EDT

The range is back open, but no official restart time has been announced yet.

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Weather update No. 2: 3:43 p.m. EDT

Well, the weather has gotten worse as heavy rain continues to fall on Muirfield Village. Parts of the course, including some greens, are flooded. We'll continue to update you on the weather situation.

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Weather update No. 1: 3:09 p.m. EDT

And for the second straight day, we're in a weather delay. There's a small cell of inclement weather passing through, so it shouldn't be a long delay from the looks of it.

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 5: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Dufner and Johnson need three to get on the green and two-putt for par, while Matsuyama gets to the collar in two; Scott putts it close and Matsuyama cashes in for a birdie to extend the lead.

THROUGH FIVE HOLES: Internationals 2 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 9: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

De Jonge's approach finds the bunker, but Mahan's nearly guarantees par as it stops about a foot from the pin. Els answers the call – and holes out from the bunker. The U.S. loses an opportunity.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 7: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Grace sinks a 20-footer for par to halve the hole.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 8: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

De Jonge gives Els a good look at birdie, but the putt misses. A sand-save par by the Americans keeps their deficit from getting worse.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 5: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Tiger finds the green in two at this par 5 while Oosthuizen misses right of the green. After the Internationals get up and down for birdie, Tiger seals the halve with a short birdie make.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 6: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Snedeker's approach at this par-4 misses the green and Simpson struggles with the chip. Cabrera finds the green and Leishman misses the birdie, but his roll enables a two-putt par to win the hole.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 9: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Mickelson misses a 6-footer for birdie to win the hole, and after DeLaet makes a short par, the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 4: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Dufner hits his tee shot to about 35 feet and Matsuyama to about 25 feet, but both birdie putts miss and the hole is halved with textbook pars.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 6: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Stricker sends a long birdie putt about 15 feet by and Spieth can't save par. The Internationals take the hole with par.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 7: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

Haas hits a solid pitch to get onto the green at this par-5 in three, after which Mahan hits a good 7-foot birdie attempt that lips out 270 degrees. A 25- to 30-foot birdie try by de Jong misses, but Els makes a short par putt and the hole is halved.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 8: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Bradley sticks his tee ball at this par 3 to just outside of 5 feet, and Mickelson makes the birdie to win a fourth straight hole.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 5: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Neither team reaches the green in two, but the hole is halved as both sides gets up and down for birdies.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 3: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Both teams go fairway-green; Johnson misses his birdie try and Scott does the same as the hole is halved.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 4: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Another good iron shot by Tiger, whose tee ball at this par 3 sets Kuchar up with an 8-foot birdie putt, which he makes. The hole is halved, though, as Schwartzel sank a 20-footer for birdie.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 6: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

The Americans scramble for a halve, as Haas' approach from the rough leaves a long putt that Mahan misses by 10-12 feet; Haas jars the par save though.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 7: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

DeLaet can't save par from 5 feet after missing the green earlier with his approach. The Americans take a third straight hole, this time with par.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 5: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Stricker sinks a 5-foot birdie putt at this par 5 to win the hole and double the U.S. lead in this match.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 2: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Johnson, who found a fairway bunker off the first tee, finds a greenside bunker here; Scott gets his approach on the green. Dufner's bunker shot runs off the green, Johnson's chip is off the mark and the Americans concede the hole.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 3: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Schwartzel and Kuchar make birdie putts of 12 feet and 8 feet, respectively, to halve the hole.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 4: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

After Snedeker hits from the bunker and Cabrera misses a birdie try of about 30 feet, Simpson and Leishman miss a pair of par putts from more than 5 feet and the hole is halved with bogeys.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 4: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Spieth misses a 10-footer for birdie at the par 3, and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 5: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

While the Americans only manage par, Els converts on an eagle try and widens the Internationals' lead even further.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 6: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

After a great approach by Mickelson and a conceded birdie for the U.S., DeLaet misses a 15-footer and the Americans take another hole.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 6 – Hole No. 1: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Dufner and Matsuyama miss the green, while both teams get up and down for par to start with a halve.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: All square

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 2: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

The Internationals get up and down for par after a putt by Schwartzel. Woods can't get his birdie putt to drop and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 3: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Grace finds the sand with his approach and then can't make an 8-footer to save par. The Americans win the hole with a par from Stricker.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 4: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

Mahan and de Jonge both give their partners birdie tries at this par 3, with tee shots to about 15 and 10 feet respectively. But both putts are missed and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: Internationals, 2 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 5: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Day earns a conceded birdie after hitting the third shot at the par 5 to about 3 feet. Bradley finds the right fringe with the second shot. Mickelson gives it a great roll from 20 feet and finds the bottom of the cup.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: All square

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 2: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

After both teams find the fairway, Cabrera's approach misses the green, while Snedeker's sets up a mid-length birdie putt that Simpson makes.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 1: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

After Kuchar finds the fairway, Tiger sticks his approach to inside of 2 feet. Oosthuizen then finds the green, but leaves Schwartzel with a long birdie putt. Schwartzel can't convert and the Americans take the first hole.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 3: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

De Jonge's approach is tight and the U.S wastes a shot when Mahan's approach finds the water; Haas tries to hole out a chip from the rough, but misses and the Americans concede the birdie.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: Internationals, 2 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 2: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Grace holes out a chip for birdie, but Stricker makes a 7-footer for birdie to halve the hole.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 4: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Bradley finds the bunker off the tee at this par 3 while DeLaet sticks his tee shot to 15 feet. Mickelson blasts out to about 5 feet while Day misses the birdie putt. The hole is halved with pars after Bradley makes his putt.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 1: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Simpson's approach stops on the collar and Snedeker's birdie try stops short of the hole. Cabrera misses a long birdie putt and Leishman makes, as the hole is halved.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: All square

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 1: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Brendan Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Spieth and Grace have long birdie putts of more than 30 feet each, and they each roll them close. The hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: All square

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 2: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

de Jonge finds the fairway here and Els puts him on the green in scoring position, while Mahan and Haas do the same but more than 30 feet from the pin. de Jonge wins the hole with a birdie putt.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 3: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Bradley finds the front greenside bunker from the fairway while DeLaet lands his approach on the green. Day hits the birdie putt to within gimme range while Mickelson blasts out for a conceded par, as well.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 1: Bill Haas/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge (International)

Haas finds the fairway and inherits a birdie putt inside 15 feet from Mahan. Els and de Jonge follow a similar path, with Els missing a birdie try of more than 20 feet. Haas' birdie put just barely misses and both teams card a par.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: All square

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 2: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Bradley's drive finds the fairway before he makes a birdie putt for the Americans. But DeLaet matches with a birdie of his own to halve the hole.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 1: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet (International)

Mickelson and Bradley lost their foursomes match Thursday while Day and DeLaet came away with a victory. Different format today with foursomes, and Mickelson and Day take the first shots off the tee. Day finds the fairway while Mickelson pulls his drive into the right rough. DeLaet then finds the green while Bradley catches a flier out of the rough and finds the sand. Mickelson blasts out of the sand, but he would've needed to hole out to halve the hole as Day sinks a 15-footer for birdie.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: Internationals, 1 up

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Thursday coverage

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

The Internationals rallied late, but it's the U.S. that holds the early lead after the opening matches at the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village.

Scott, Matsuyama rally for half point

Internationals Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama rally late to salvage a half point from Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Maysuyama, making his Presidents Cup debut, biridied two of his last three holes to help secure the half point.

Notes: Mickelson struggles; de Jonge shines in debut

Phil Mickelson went with 13 clubs Thursday at the Presidents Cup, then struggled in his opening match.

Stricker guides Spieth through Presidents Cup debut

Steve Stricker, the last man to hit a shot at the Presidents Cup on Thursday, stood on the 18th green in near darkness at Muirfield Village, put his arm around the young charge to his right, and smiled like a father who'd just helped to guide his son to his first driver's license.

Rude: Internationals trail, but do so with hope

Seemingly aided by a well-timed timeout by Mother Nature, the Internationals fought back and pumped life back into an opening day at Presidents Cup that had appeared to be a blowout early.

Presidents Cup telecast not flashy, but technically proficient

The virtues of brevity. Leaving the audience wanting more. Martin Kaufmann was reminded of that while watching Day 1 of the Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour’s answer to the Ryder Cup.

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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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