Presidents Cup 2013 Live Stream: Online Viewing Info and More for Day 2
Day 1 of the Presidents Cup belonged to the Americans, but as the International team proved Thursday, a hot start can be overturned.
Although the starts were staggered, every one of the six USA pairings got off to a dominant start at Muirfield and claimed at least a 1-up lead through eight holes.
But the International team fought back.
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet won two of the last three holes to beat Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker 1-up, and Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel absolutely controlled the back nine against Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley to win 2 and 1.
Nevertheless, Bill Haas and Webb Simpson were able to split Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, while Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth edged Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge. Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods crushed Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, and Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner dominated Branden Grace and Richard Sterne.
In the end, Team USA ended Thursday with a 3.5-2.5 lead, but there was a time when it looked like it would be a lot worse for the International side.
Let's take a look at what's in store for Friday.
Where: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
When: Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
|Thursday, Oct. 3||12 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Friday, Oct. 4||1 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Saturday, Oct. 5||8 a.m. - 6 p.m.||NBC|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||12 p.m. - 6 p.m.||NBC|
Golfers to Watch
Jordan Spieth struggled on the front nine, but as he noted afterward, via PGA Tour's Twitter, nerves were a factor:
Spieth: "The nerves were affecting me from the start. (Stricker) came to me and said, 'I know you have nerves but lets play golf now.'"— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 3, 2013
Gee, a 20-year-old playing in his first Presidents Cup against Ernie Els, a guy who has four majors on his resume. I can't imagine why he felt nervous.
Still, he settled down and hit several crucial birdies on the back nine, including one on No. 14 to essentially seal the victory.
Spieth is undoubtedly looking like golf's next superstar, and being paired with the veteran Stricker should only help him settle into a groove as this tournament progresses. The duo will take on Branden Grace and Richard Sterne on Friday.
Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel
Oosthuizen and Schwartzel were terrific Thursday, overcoming a slow start to go 4-up on the final 10 holes to clinically defeat a very solid pairing of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.
Who's going to win this matchup?
As such, they've been given the International team's most difficult test Friday: Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar.
The Fresh Princes of Stanford and Georgia Tech were transcendent Thursday, losing just one hole and finishing after 14. They were the first off the course despite teeing off fifth.
Oosthuizen and Schwartzel will certainly be the underdogs, but if they play like they did Thursday, this matchup will be the most scintillating of the day.
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