How it Happened: U.S. leads Presidents Cup by 5

The Presidents Cup trophy during Friday's foursomes session at Muirfield Village.

The Presidents Cup trophy during Friday's foursomes session at Muirfield Village.

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The conclusion of the Presidents Cup's Day 2 alternate-shot matches left the U.S. and Internationals separated by a point, just as they had begun the round. An even split gave the U.S. a 6.5-5.5 advantage at Muirfield Village in soggy Dublin, Ohio.

The Day 3 morning matches started off close, but the U.S. opened up a lead after another rain delay and finished them with a 10.5-6.5 advantage.

The afternoon matches, starting late, mostly rolled over to Sunday morning – save for Zach Johnson ending his match by holing out from the fairway for eagle just before sunset to cap a 4 and 3 win for him and Jason Dufner. That pushed the tally to 11.5-6.5, U.S.

Play is to resume at 7:35 a.m. EDT Sunday, with captains setting their orders for Sunday singles about an hour later. Recap Saturday's action here – and scroll down for our tournament coverage to date:

• • •

SATURDAY ALTERNATE-SHOT

Play has stopped for the day, with the U.S. leading 11.5 to 6.5. Here is a quick recap of where the four remaining matches stand:

  • Match No. 18, Bradley/Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Day/DeLaet: All square through 13
  • Match No. 20, Haas/Stricker (U.S.) vs. Matsuyama/Scott: U.S. 2 up through 10
  • Match No. 21, Kuchar/Woods (U.S.) vs. de Jonge/Els: Internationals 2 up through 9
  • Match No. 22, Simpson/Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Oosthuizen/Schwartzel: Internationals 3 up through 12.

• • •

Match No. 19 – Hole No. 15: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman/Richard Sterne

Looking to go dormie here, Johnson perhaps does one better – after Dufner laid up at this par 5, Johnson holes out from the fairway for eagle. Sterne tries to hole out from a greenside bunker and misses, and the match indeed ends on Johnson's spot-on wedge shot.

  • U.S. WINS 4 AND 3
  • SCOREBOARD: U.S. 11.5, Internationals 6.5

• • •

Match No. 18 – Hole No. 13: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

The Americans have erased a three-hole deficit in six holes – thanks to a sand save here while the Internationals cannot scramble for a par.

THROUGH 13 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 20 – Hole No. 10: Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott

A long birdie putt from Matsuyama curls right-to-left and into the side of the cup, while Haas misses from the fringe as the Internationals get their first win in this match since the fourth.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: U.S. leads 2 up

• • •

Match No. 19 – Hole No. 14: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman/Richard Sterne

The Americans haven't lost a hole in this match since No. 6 – and have won five of the last seven, the latest on a birdie putt by Dufner. He and Johnson have swung this match from a 2-shot deficit to a commanding lead.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: U.S. 3 up

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Match No. 21 – Hole No. 8: Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Woods misses the green at this par 3, while de Jonge gets it inside 15 feet for Els – who makes the putt for a lead-extending birdie.

THROUGH EIGHT HOLES: Internationals 2 up

• • •

Match No. 20 – Hole No. 9: Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott

Stricker and Haas execute a fairway-green-two putt par, while Scott and Matsuyama scramble to the green in three and the latter barely misses a par-saving try.

THROUGH NINE HOLES: U.S. leads 3 up

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Match No. 18 – Hole No. 11: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Mickelson and Day wedge onto this par 5 in three, after which Bradley wins a putting contest with a birdie that further narrows the International duo's once-commanding lead.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: Internationals 1 up

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Match No. 21 – Hole No. 7: Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

At this par 5, Woods gets near the green in two and Kuchar pitches him to birdie range – from where Woods makes the putt and narrows their deficit, as de Jonge's birdie try from about 10 feet misses.

THROUGH SEVEN HOLES: Internationals 1 up

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Match No. 20 – Hole No. 8: Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott

Looking for their third birdie in four holes, Haas hits it to inside 15 feet at this par 3 and Stricker makes the putt. It's the Americans' first lead of more than one shot during afternoon play.

THROUGH EIGHT HOLES: U.S. leads 2 up

• • •

With less than an hour of daylight remaining for Saturday play, the tournament has announced a 7:35 a.m. EDT restart time for matches that don't conclude before darkness sets in this evening. Captains should announce their singles-play lineups about 8, with those matches starting about 9, the Tour says.

• • •

Match No. 19 – Hole No. 11: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman/Richard Sterne

After a pair of errant tee shots at this par 5, both sides lay up and reach the green in three. Leishman's birdie putt misses but Dufner's curls left and into the hole for a winning birdie.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: U.S. 1 up

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Match No. 21 – Hole No. 5: Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

At this par 5, de Jonge reaches the green in two and Els lags a long putt close to earn a birdie. Woods misses the green in two and Kuchar gets him to birdie range, but Woods misses the putt and the visitors extend their lead.

THROUGH FIVE HOLES: Internationals 2 up

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Match No. 20 – Hole No. 6: Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott

Stricker hits it to birdie range on this par 4 – and Haas doesn't disappoint, reclaiming the lead in this match for the Americans.

THROUGH SIX HOLES: U.S. leads 1 up

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Match No. 22 – Hole No. 8: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel

Since back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 2-3, the Americans have kept the margin steady with four holes halved. At the eighth, both teams find the bunker greenside; Schwartzel holes out from the sand and increases his team's lead.

THROUGH EIGHT HOLES: Internationals 3 up

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Match No. 20 – Hole No. 5: Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott

This back-and-forth match sees another shift in momentum at this par 5. Matsuyama and Scott scramble for par, while the Americans get greenside in two and convert from the apron for a birdie to pull the match even again.

THROUGH FIVE HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 18 – Hole No. 8: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Mickelson makes a long, improbable birdie putt after DeLaet hit it closer than Bradley on this long par 3. Day can't convert from inside 15 feet and the lead is narrowed a bit.

THROUGH EIGHT HOLES: Internationals 2 up

• • •

Match No. 19 – Hole No. 9: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman/Richard Sterne

After Dufner sticks his tee shot at the par-3 eighth hole and Johnson sinks the putt to narrow the lead, the pair combine for a second straight birdie just before making the turn. Sterne can't make birdie and the match evens up.

THROUGH NINE HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 20 – Hole No. 4: Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott

Matsuyama hits his tee shot at this par-3 inside 5 feet. Stricker misses a long birdie try, Scott sinks his putt and the Internationals lead every match in the afternoon.

THROUGH FOUR HOLES: Internationals 1 up

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Match No. 20 – Hole No. 2: Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott

Live by the bogey, die by the bogey: Haas drives it in the rough, Stricker can't recover and the two can't get up and down. A textbook par from Matsuyama and Scott erases the Americans' only lead of the afternoon.

THROUGH TWO HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 21 – Hole No. 1: Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Kuchar finds a fairway bunker off the tee, Woods finds one greenside and the Americans fail to get up and down. Els and de Jonge scrable for par to take the lead out of the gate.

THROUGH ONE HOLE: Internationals 1 up

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Match No. 20 – Hole No. 1: Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott

After Matsuyama's approach, Scott misfires on the Internationals' third shot and they card bogey. A par from the Americans gives them a needed early lead on the afternoon scoreboard.

THROUGH ONE HOLE: U.S. 1 up

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Match No. 19 – Hole No. 6: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman/Richard Sterne

Leishman finds the fairway and, after Sterne's approach finds the green, sinks a birdie putt while Dufner misses a long try. It's another multiple-shot lead this afternoon for the visitors.

THROUGH SIX HOLES: Internationals 2 up

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Match No. 18 – Hole No. 5: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Day and DeLaet reach the green in three at this par 5, with DeLaet sinking a birdie putt to give the Internationals a big lead early in this match.

THROUGH FIVE HOLES: Internationals 3 up

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Match No. 22 – Hole No. 2: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel

Another match in which the Internationals find early favor: Oosthuizen finds the par 4's fairway, Schwartzel the green and Oosthuizen sinks the birdie putt to take the lead quickly.

THROUGH TWO HOLES: Internationals 1 up

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Match No. 19 – Hole No. 4: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman/Richard Sterne

Dufner finds the bunker off the tee at this par-3 and the Americans can't execute the sand save. A par give the Internationals the lead in this match.

THROUGH FOUR HOLES: Internationals 1 up

• • •

Match No. 18 – Hole No. 3: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Having won the first hole after Mickelson hit a tee shot in the water, Day and DeLaet stretch their lead with a birdie at third as Day finds the fairway and sinks the putt.

THROUGH THREE HOLES: Internationals 2 up

• • •

SATURDAY FOUR-BALLS

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 18: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Kuchar sticks one close from the fairway, then Scott hits an impressive approach from the wet fairway bunker to set up a potential putting duel. Woods, on the collar, takes lift-clean-and-replace relief from a tricky lie and uses the putter, but his birdie try rolls past. Matsuyama has a decent look but it runs past the hole before it takes the break. Kuchar sinks his putt to make the rest elementary – he clinches the match for the Americans. "Really tough match; that was some great golf," Kuchar tells NBC.

  • U.S WINS, 1 UP
  • SCOREBOARD: U.S. 10.5, Internationals 6.5

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 18: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

Again, a match is on the line at the 18th. Mahan and Snedeker find the green in birdie range, while Schwartzel has trouble all the way and Oosthuizen misses the green. Neither South African holes out from off the green and the match is conceded.

  • U.S. WINS, 2 UP
  • SCOREBOARD: U.S. 9.5, Internationals 6.5

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 16: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Finding the back of the green at this par 3, Matsuyama has a chance to answer three straight winning birdies from the U.S. on holes Nos 13-15. Kuchar misses about a 10-footer, but Matsuyama trickles his putt over the front lip to narrow the Americans' lead.

THROUGH 16 HOLES: U.S. 1 up

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Match No. 2 – Hole No. 18: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

With the match on the line, all but Stricker find the green in two on this closing par 4. DeLaet's birdie try misses, leaving a putting duel for Day and Spieth. Spieth misses on the high side and the U.S. concedes.

  • INTERNATIONALS WIN, 2 UP
  • SCOREBOARD: U.S. 8.5, Internationals 6.5

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 16: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

After halves in five of this match's last six holes, Day steps up at this par 3 and makes birdie to give his team the lead.

THROUGH 16 HOLES: Internationals 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 17: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Els and de Jonge need another win to keep this match alive, but neither is able to birdie this par 4. MIckelson finds the green and lags to about a foot, which is enough to seal another point for the Americans. "We pretty much birdied out from the fifth hole," Bradley tells NBC, which isn't exactly accurate but reflects the fact he and Mickelson combined for 10 birdies from the fourth hole on.

  • U.S. WINS, 2 AND 1
  • SCOREBOARD: U.S. 8.5, Internationals 5.5

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 14: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Hass makes birdie at this par 5, forcing Grace to take aim at an eagle try that barely misses – and the U.S. puts the first point of the morning matches on the board.

  • U.S. WINS, 4 AND 3
  • SCOREBOARD: U.S. 7.5, Internationals 5.5

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 14: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

A little strategy pays off for the Internationals, as Schwartzel defers the honor to Oosthuizen and his shorter putt for birdie, which falls. Mahan's birdie try slides over the edge of the cup and the Americans' lead narrows.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: U.S. 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 16: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

No celebration yet for Bradley and Mickelson, as de Jonge birdies this par-3 to win the hole and keep the Internationals in the mix for a half point.

THROUGH 16 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 1 – Hole No. 15: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Keegan Bradley gets up and down at this par 5 for a birdie to win the hole for the Americans – and the match is dormie.

THROUGH 15 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Players return to the course and the horn sounds to resume play. Another effect of the delay: Captains are set to announce afternoon pairings at 2:45 p.m. EDT – a 1-hour, 35-minute setback. With tee times having been set for 2:01 to 2:45, that would set an estimate of 3:30 for the start of afternoon foursomes.

• • •

Rain has been present much of the day, and it again becomes a downpour – one that moves out quickly but causes some problems on the course. So with no lightning present, players are held in position as play halts; each group's referee can give players the option to finish the hole they're on. Ground crews will work to dry out the course as quickly as possible. The 17th hole needs work to squeegee quite a bit of water from the fairway and green, with the lead group of Bradley/Mickelson and de Jonge/Els at the 15th, and some washed-out bunker faces need restoring. The amount of work needed will determine the impact on a starting time for the afternoon matches.

With play paused, the scoreboard projects to a 10-7 lead for the U.S. if morning four-ball play were to finish as it stands. That would leave the U.S. just seven points shy of retaining the cup, and plenty of remaining matches to do so (weather permitting). Because play can end Monday at sunset, regardless of how many matches remain in progress, staying out in front becomes even more critical.

As this delay drags on, the players head to the range to warm up for the resumption of play. The Tour posts on Twitter that players are about half an hour from a restart: "Players will be back in position for a 2:15 PM ET restart at the #PresCup."

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 14: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Day hits his approach at this par 4 in the heavy rain pin high to the left side of the green, and makes his birdie putt. Stricker hits to the right side of the green and answers with a birdie putt to halve the hole.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 11: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

In the only match led by the Internationals, Kuchar had yet to make birdie today. His putt at this par 5 changes that, and it's notable because it matches Matsuyama to halve the hole and keep the lead a narrow one.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

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Match No. 3 – Hole No. 13: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Virtually assuring the U.S. of a point in this match, Simpson makes birdie and Grace's try misses. That gets the Americans within a hole of taking this match dormie.

THROUGH 13 HOLES: U.S., 4 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 12: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

Everyone but Oosthuizen misses the green at this par 3, but he misses a birdie try from about 15 feet. Snedeker, who had come up just short and rolled back into the bunker, executes a needed sand save to earn a halve that preserves the American's lead.

THROUGH 12 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

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Match No. 5 – Hole No. 10: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Woods and Scott both reach the green but three-putt for bogey, while Kuchar can't convert a sand save. That leaves Matsuyama, who makes a clutch par putt for a sand save that pushes him and Scott ahead.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 13: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Stricker hits a clutch tee shot at this par 3, answering Day's shot inside 10 feet by getting his inside 5 feet. Day's putt runs past the hole and Stricker is dead-center with his make to pull the Americans even in this match.

THROUGH 13 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 10: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Woods and Scott both reach the green but three-putt for bogey, while Kuchar can't convert a sand save. That leaves Matsuyama, who makes a clutch par putt for a sand save that pushes him and Scott ahead.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 13: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Fresh off the birdie at the par-3, Mickelson misses the fairway but recovers by hitting his approach at this par 4 to inside 10 feet – and making his birdie putt for another win.

THROUGH 13 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 9: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Woods goes fairway-green to set up a 30-footer or so for birdie, which he gets to about a foot to secure par. Matsuyama can't convert from about 15-20 feet and also earns par to halve the hole.

THROUGH NINE HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 10: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Simpson sinks a birdie putt from 7 feet to stretch the American lead to 3 up in this match. Big fist pump there from Simpson.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 12: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Mickelson and Bradley hit their tee balls tight at this par 3. Els nearly makes a long birdie putt, but Mickelson sinks his 6-foot birdie putt to win the hole.

THROUGH 12 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 9: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

Schwartzel makes another birdie, but Snedeker matches to halve the hole.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 10: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Day gets all of the hole on a birdie putt, but it drops to match Spieth and halve the hole.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 11: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Mickelson has an eagle putt from 30 feet to win the hole, but he runs it 4 feet by. He makes birdie, but it's only good enough to halve the hole as de Jonge also makes birdie.

THROUGH 11 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 7: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Scott misses a 12-footer for birdie to give the Americans two chances to win the hole. But they both miss and the hole is halved.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 9: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Haas sticks his approach to within a few feet, and he's conceded the birdie, which is good enough to take the hole.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 8: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

After three-putting the last hole, Schwartzel redeems himself by making a 5-foot birdie to win the hole.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 9: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Day has a 10-footer for birdie to win the hole and he gets it.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 10: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Mickelson can't convert a 10-footer for birdie to win the hole, and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 10 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 7: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

Schwartzel misses a short birdie and ends up with a three-putt par. The Americans win this par 5 with a birdie from Snedeker.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 8: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

After Grace sinks a 15-footer for birdie, Haas can't answer from 12 feet, and the Internationals take the hole.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 6: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Woods makes 12-foot birdie putt from the fringe, and that wins the hole after Scott can't answer from 7 feet.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 8: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

With Spieth in with bogey, Stricker makes a 5-footer for par to halve the hole and remain the only pair to not trail in this Presidents Cup.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 7: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Simpson drains a 4-footer for birdie to win the hole and double the American lead in this match.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 9: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

After de Jonge chips through the green, Els misses a birdie putt. Bradley then sinks a 10-footer for birdie to even the match back up.

THROUGH 9 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 6: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

After two missed birdie putts by the Internationals, Snedeker has a birdie chance from 7 feet. But he misses, and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 5: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Scott has a 12-footer for eagle, but he misses it. The hole is halved with birdies from Scott and Woods.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 7: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Stricker and Spieth both lay up at this par 5, and both hit their third shots to about 5 feet. But DeLaet blasts out of a greenside bunker with his third shot and is inside of the Americans. Spieth doesn't make his birdie, but Stricker does, and the hole is halved after DeLaet makes his birdie putt.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 8: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

A Mickelson birdie putt at this par 3 cuts the American deficit in half.

THROUGH 8 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 6: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

The rain starts coming down hard, but Haas manages to make his birdie putt to win the hole.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

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Match No. 4 – Hole No. 5: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

The Internationals get a hole back with an Oosthuizen birdie at this par 5.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 4: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Four great tee balls at this par 3, but Tiger has the best one as he's just more than a foot away. He's conceded birdie, which wins the hole after Matsuyama and Scott miss their birdie putts.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 7: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Bradley and Mickelson both miss the green in two before poor third shots. They both miss their birdie putts, as well, and the Internationals take the hole with a birdie by Els.

THROUGH 7 HOLES: Internationals, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 6: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Stricker finds the water at this par 4, and Spieth can't make an 8-footer for birdie. The hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 3: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Woods just misses a birdie after lagging from long distance. Matsuyama then drains a birdie from 12 feet, and after Kuchar's birdie putt from 10 feet lips out, the Internationals take the hole.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: Internationals, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 5: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Grace misses an eagle putt, but is conceded birdie, and the hole is halved with the Americans getting a birdie from Haas, who also found the green in two.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 4: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

Snedeker sticks his tee ball at this par 3 to about 7 feet and makes the birdie putt to win the hole.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 5: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Spieth and Day both miss long eagle putts, and the hole is halved with conceded birdies.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 6: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Mickelson finds trouble, but Bradley earns the birdie by making an 8-footer for birdie. De Jonge, though, answers with a birdie from 3 feet to halve the hole.

THROUGH 6 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 4: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Haas has the final chance to win the par-3 fourth, but he fails to make a 10-footer for birdie, and the hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 3: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

Snedeker's putter wins the hole for the Americans as he gets a 7-foot birdie putt to drop.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 2: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

This is the first time Woods and Kuchar have been down so far in this Presidents Cup. Scott's drive hits a tree, but he manages to stick his approach from the rough to about 5 feet. With Kuchar in trouble, Woods can't make a 25-foot birdie putt, but Scott fails to make his birdie, too, and the hole is halved.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 3: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Pars from Haas and Grace, and this hole is halved.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 4: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

After DeLaet makes birdie from 15 feet, Spieth misses a 12-footer for birdie, and the Internationals take the hole.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 5: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Mickelson and Bradley both have eagle putts at this par 5. Neither make them, and de Jonge drops in a 6-footer for birdie to halve the hole.

THROUGH 5 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 1: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

All four players find the fairway in this final best-ball match, and all find the green in regulation except for Tiger, who lands it short and in the sand. Kuchar's approach ends up about 8 feet below the hole while Matsuyama is 10 feet past. After Matsuyama makes his birdie, Kuchar can't make his, and the Internationals take the hole.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 2: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

Mahan sticks his approach to a foot or so, but Schwartzel matches that birdie by sinking a 20-footer.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 3: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Stricker has 10 feet for his third birdie in three holes, but he runs it by left of the hole. The hole is halved with pars after DeLaet can't get his birdie to drop.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 2: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

After Grace makes a 20-footer for birdie, Simpson can't match from 10 feet out, and the Internationals take the hole.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 4: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

Els drains a 25-footer for birdie, but Bradley earns the halve by getting a 15-footer to drop.

THROUGH 4 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 1: Hunter Mahan/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel/Louis Oosthuizen

After Oosthuizen sticks his approach to just outside of 5 feet, Mahan lands his about 10 feet away. Oosthuizen gets his birdie to drop, but so does Mahan, and the hole is halved.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: All square

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 3: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

A birdie by Ernie Els, from 10 feet, gives the Internationals the early lead in this match.

THROUGH 3 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 2: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Stricker drains a 25-footer for birdie, but Jason Day matches to halve the hole.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 1: Bill Haas/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Branden Grace

Haas sinks a 20-footer for birdie, and Grace and Cabrera can't match. The opening hole in this match goes to the Americans.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 2: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

With Els finding the water on this hole, de Jonge lands his approach about 12 feet away from the hole. De Jonge can't make the birdie putt, and Mickelson and Bradley can't notch birdie, either. The hole is halved with pars.

THROUGH 2 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 2 – Hole No. 1: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

Stricker's approach lands about 10 feet in front on the hole. With Day in with par, DeLaet has a 20-footer for birdie, but he can't convert. After Spieth misses for birdie, Stricker sinks his putt to win the hole.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: U.S., 1 up

• • •

Match No. 1 – Hole No. 1: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Brendon de Jonge/Ernie Els

The tee balls have been hit, and the Saturday four-ball session has officially begun. From the rough, Els sticks it to about 3 feet, but then can't make the birdie putt. The hole is halved with par.

THROUGH 1 HOLE: All square

• • •

COMPLETION OF FRIDAY FOURSOMES

• • •

Match No. 6 – Hole No. 17: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Dufner's approach lands about 12 feet away but then rolls down the slope to about 20 feet away. Matsuyama then misses his approach just right of the green. Johnson can't make the birdie putt, leaving it just short, and Scott and Matsuyama complete their up-and-down for par to halve the hole and win the match.

INTERNATIONALS WIN, 2 AND 1

• • •

Match No. 6 – Hole No. 16: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Johnson and Scott can't make long birdie putts at this par 3, and the hole is halved. Internationals now have the match dormie.

THROUGH 16 HOLES: Internationals, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 6 – Hole No. 15: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Americans win a third straight hole after Dufner's birdie at the par-5 15th.

THROUGH 15 HOLES: Internationals, 2 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 16: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Schwartzel can't make a long birdie putt, and the Internationals concede the match – and a U.S. birdie – after that.

U.S. WINS, 4 AND 2

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 17: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Leishman sticks his approach to within a foot while Simpson lands his about 12 feet past. Snedeker can't make the birdie putt and the Internationals take the hole and the match.

INTERNATIONALS WIN, 2 AND 1

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 15: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

Tiger can't reach a fourth par 5 in two in this match, missing just short. Kuchar is able to chip close. Schwartzel, from just off the left side of the green, is also able to chip close, and the hole is halved with birdies.

THROUGH 15 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 6 – Hole No. 14: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Dufner sinks a 5-footer for birdie to win a second straight hole for the Americans.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: Internationals, 3 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 17: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Stricker's approach finds the back-right portion of the green while Grace misses long and right. After Sterne chips to about 7 feet, Spieth misreads his lag putt and he leaves Stricker with a good 6 feet to save par.

U.S. WINS, 2 AND 1

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 16: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

After Cabrera lips out a birdie putt, Snedeker runs by an 8 footer for birdie. Simpson is able to make the 4-footer coming back, though, and the hole is halved.

THROUGH 16 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 14: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

A second straight par 4 halved with pars, as the Americans two-putt from about 12 feet and the Internationals do the same, only from just inside 20 feet.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 15: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

With the Americans laying up at this par 5, the Internationals go for it in two and can't find the green. But while the Americans make par, the Internationals get up and down for birdie after a made putt by Leishman. The Internationals win the hole and retake the lead in the match.

THROUGH 15 HOLES: Internationals, 1 up

• • •

Match No. 6 – Hole No. 13: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

A birdie from Johnson wins the hole, but the Americans will have to win the remaining five holes to earn a full point.

THROUGH 13 HOLES: Internationals, 4 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 16: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Both tee balls at this par 3 end up about 15 feet away with Grace's ball just inside of Stricker's. Spieth and Sterne can't make their birdie tries, Stricker then misses a 4-footer for par, and the Internationals win the hole to extend the match.

THROUGH 16 HOLES: U.S., 2 up

• • •

Match No. 5 – Hole No. 13: Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel (International)

A routine par capped by Woods for the Americans, the same for the Internationals and this hole is halved.

THROUGH 13 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 3 – Hole No. 15: Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Branden Grace/Richard Sterne (International)

Grace and Stricker trade birdies to halve the hole, and the Americans now have the match dormie.

THROUGH 15 HOLES: U.S., 3 up

• • •

Match No. 4 – Hole No. 14: Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman (International)

Webb Simpson notches the birdie to win the hole, and this match is all square for the first time since the 10th hole.

THROUGH 14 HOLES: All square

• • •

Match No. 6 – Hole No. 12: Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (International)

Facing a par putt to halve the hole at the par-3 12th, Dufner can't convert and the Internationals take the hole.

THROUGH 12 HOLES: Internationals, 5 up

• • •

Friday coverage

'Coach' Phil Mickelson calls perfect audible at Prez Cup

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson had discussed their Presidents Cup strategy nearly a month ago, but Lefty decided to call an audible on Friday afternoon and it led to a 4-and-3 route of Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

Close competition adds drama to 2013's Presidents Cup

At this year's Presidents Cup, the Washington Generals of this matchup, the Internationals, are giving its Harlem Globetrotters, the U.S., a pretty good run so far.

Angel Cabrera wins second battle with Presidents Cup hecklers

Liquid courage apparently was a factor in the Presidents Cup competition Friday, when Angel Cabrera backed away from a 28-foot birdie putt three times because of crowd noise -- before sinking it.

Presidents Cup notes: Mother Nature stays present; Phil's dominance

Mother Nature is making it just a little difficult for the Presidents Cup with rain forcing postponements the first two days and now four of the six second days foursomes matches will continue into Saturday’s third day of matches.

How it happened: U.S. still leads amid rain; play halted

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

• • •

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.

• • •

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.

• • •

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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