Americans keep a muddy lead at The Presidents Cup
Weather delays action, but U.S. still secures a lead going into singles play
The Associated Press
DUBLIN, Ohio — The Presidents Cup has a familiar feel in so many ways.
Players leave every night in darkness and resume matches the next morning when it’s almost as dark. The rain never leaves, with another half-inch accumulating on top of a previous inch of rain that led to yet another delay Saturday.
And the International team is still trying to figure out what it has to do to beat the Americans.
When another long day ended at Muirfield Village, the Americans were assured of the lead going into the final round of singles matches. Zach Johnson took care of that with a wedge from 115 yards that disappeared into the cup for eagle on the 15th hole as he and Jason Dufner completed the only foursomes match with a 4-and-3 victory.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were doing their part, having won every match they played. Woods delivered another signature moment in the Presidents Cup, hitting a fairway metal that plopped down 4 feet below the pin for an eagle that was conceded and a 2-up lead that allowed them to rally for a fourballs victory earlier Saturday.
Woods and Kuchar were 2 down at the turn in their foursomes match against Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge.
“This guy is a horse — holy cow!” Kuchar said. “He played some incredible golf today.”
Still to be determined was how big the lead was going to be.
The other four matches were to be completed Sunday morning — weather permitting — and the Americans, with Seattle native Fred Couples their captain, were leading 11½-6½. They were 2 up in one match, while the Internationals were 3 up and 2 up in two others. The fourth match was all square, momentum on the American side.
“Well, it’s not over,” International captain Nick Price said. “We’ve still got a lot of golf to play tomorrow, and I have the utmost confidence in these guys that they can turn those two games around. We don’t want to go into the singles with too much of a deficit.”
Since the Presidents Cup began in 1994, no team has ever trailed going into singles and won outright. The Americans were three points behind in 2003 and rallied for a tie in South Africa.
“The U.S. has really been unrelenting,” Price said. “They have just played superbly the last three days. Any slip from us and we find ourselves one or two down very quickly.”
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