Presidents Cup 2013 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Friday
The 2013 Presidents Cup is off to a fantastic start. After the first day of play, Team USA leads Team International 3.5 to 2.5. Let's hope this close play continues. For my money, there is nothing more thrilling in golf than when the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup comes down to the final few matches.
Stricker secures the full point for America w/ a 1UP win over Els/de Jonge. After day one, USA leads 3.5 to 2.5. #PresCup— The Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) October 3, 2013
Of course, this hasn't happened very often in the Presidents Cup. The International team has won this biennial event just once since it began in 1994. Also, the Americans have won the last four by an average of over four points each.
With that said, Friday will be a big day for the International team. Thursday's action was all four-ball matches. In that format, two teammates each play their own ball as they would in individual play. However, only the best score is counted in the match-play format.
Friday will be foursome matches. In this style, two teammates alternate shots to get one score. This is going to favor an American side that features more depth. Taking one score from two players in four-ball allows for a certain amount of inconsistency that isn't as easy to get away with in foursome play.
So, keep that all in mind while looking over the pairings for Friday:
|No. 1||Jason Day-Graham DeLaet||1 up||Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley|
|No. 2||Bill Haas-Hunter Mahan||HALVED||Ernie Els-Brendon de Jonge|
|No. 3||Steve Stricker-Jordan Spieth||3 and 2||Branden Grace-Richard Sterne|
|No. 4||Webb Simpson-Brandt Snedeker||1 up||Angel Cabrera-Marc Leishman|
|No. 5||Tiger Woods-Matt Kuchar||4 and 2||Louis Oosthuizen-Charl Schwartzel|
|No. 6||Jason Dufner-Zach Johnson||2 and 1||Adam Scott-Hideki Matsuyama|
PGATour.com only announces the tee time for the first group. That group is scheduled to tee off at 1:10 p.m. EDT. The remaining groups will follow directly after.
International captain Nick Price kept his pairings the same as they were Thursday. Although, he did switch the order up a bit. Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama will handle the last match this time.
That leaves them paired against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. It is a risky play for Price. He needs Scott to be a workhorse and while Matsuyama has been playing well, it will be interesting to see if the youngster has the consistency needed to handle a Dufner-Johnson pairing that figures to be extremely consistent.
Dufner and Johnson won their match Thursday 5 and 3.
I see the Americans taking this match. Dufner's ball striking and Johnson's short game are a wonderful combination.
The most compelling matchup Friday is definitely Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods taking on Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.
Oosthuizen and Schwartzel form a dynamic pairing and beat the Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley duo Thursday, 2 and 1.
However, Kuchar and Woods looked completely unbeatable Thursday while cruising to a 5 and 4 win. Oosthuizen and Schwartzel figure to give the American duo a tougher go of things than Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman did Thursday, though.
I can't pick against Woods and Kuchar. The pair should roll through another match.
Hopefully, it's not as lopsided as it looks like it's going to be. I want a dramatic finish!
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