Presidents Cup 2013: Updated Scoring and Day 2 Preview

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Presidents Cup 2013: Updated Scoring and Day 2 Preview
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The United States holds a one-point lead over the International squad after the first day of the Presidents Cup, but the margin could have been much greater.

Three different American teams held the lead in their fourball matches from beginning to end. The groups of Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods as well as Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson put together dominant victories.

However, others simply could not hold on down the stretch. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were defeated by the South African tandem of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Jason Day and Graham DeLaet also came from behind to beat Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker.

The International squad worked hard to keep the score at 3.5 to 2.5 through one day. Here is a full look at the match results from Thursday.

Presidents Cup Day 1 Results
United States Team Result International Team
Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker INT wins 1-up Jason Day and Graham DeLaet
Bill Haas and Webb Simpson Halved Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley INT wins 2 and 1 Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel
Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth USA wins 1-up Ernie Els and Brendon De Jonge
Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods USA wins 5 and 4 Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman
Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson USA wins 5 and 3 Branden Grace and Richard Sterne

via PGATOUR.com

Still, the question remains whether the world team can keep this up for four days. The United States has only lost once in this tournament's history, and it is expecting to win once again.

Friday could prove to be a big separator for either side as the two compete in foursomes. Each pairing takes alternate shots, which requires a lot of trust.

Here is a look at the pairings and what to expect on the second day of action at the Presidents Cup. 

 

Friday Pairings (via PGATour.com)

Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley, U.S. vs. Jason Day-Graham DeLaet, International

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While Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley struggled as a team Thursday, there is enough talent in this group to assume better days are ahead in this tournament. They could not get birdies, but their consistency should help them in foursome play.

Bradley could be the perfect partner for Mickelson in this one due to his ability to hit straight shots in the middle of the fairway almost every time. If Lefty is hitting well, he will be able to utilize his wedges as well as anyone in the world.

On the other side, Jason Day and Graham DeLaet were successful on Day 1, but they were fortunate to be playing a struggling Hunter Mahan. The experienced tandem of Mickelson and Bradley should survive here.

Prediction: United States wins 1-up

 

Bill Haas-Hunter Mahan, U.S. vs. Ernie Els-Brendon de Jonge, International

This is the first change for the American squad, as Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan will be paired together for the first time. Mahan did not post many low scores Thursday, and the hope is that this change will get him back on track.

Unfortunately, Bill Haas might be a tough partner to alternate shots with. His success is usually based on his ability to get himself to the green quickly, but he does not do anything particularly well. 

Meanwhile, Ernie Els is one of the most experienced players in this event and knows what it takes to excel in this area. With a little more familiarity with his partner, he should be able to help his side get a point in this match.

Prediction: International wins 2 and 1

 

Steve Stricker-Jordan Spieth, U.S. vs. Branden Grace-Richard Sterne, International

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One of the most exciting players to watch in this entire tournament is Jordan Spieth. The 20-year-old phenom has the ability to hit some incredible shots, and he is providing energy to the entire team.

Pairing him with the experienced Steve Stricker was one of captain Fred Couples' best moves, as the two complement each other perfectly.

They should be able to keep the momentum going against an overmatched Branden Grace and Richard Sterne.

Prediction: United States wins 4 and 3

 

Webb Simpson-Brandt Snedeker, U.S. vs. Angel Cabrera-Marc Leishman, International

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Neither Webb Simpson nor Brandt Snedeker could get wins Thursday, but it was not all on them. Couples hopes the change in partners will bring about more success for this talented group.

Of course, it will be easier to have success against a pairing that was dominated on Day 1. Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman could not keep up with Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar and suffered the biggest loss of the day.

Considering how inconsistent both Cabrera and Leishman were this season—they both had significantly more missed cuts than top-10 finishes—it is hard to imagine they'll fare better in foursome play.

Prediction: United States wins 1-up

 

Tiger Woods-Matt Kuchar, U.S. vs. Louis Oosthuizen-Charl Schwartzel, International

Considering all the scrutiny Woods is constantly under, the best thing he can do in this tournament is relax and have fun. Playing alongside Kuchar seems to be helping, especially based on this Fresh Prince handshake. 

On Thursday, the group posted a score under par in eight of 14 holes. That's tough for anyone to beat.

While Oosthuizen and Schwartzel are playing well to start the tournament, it is hard to imagine them keeping up with the solid play of Woods and Kuchar.

Prediction: United States wins 3 and 2

 

Jason Dufner-Zach Johnson, U.S. vs. Adam Scott-Hideki Matsuyama, International

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Adam Scott is expected to be a leader on this International team, as he had one of the best seasons of anyone on tour. It is clear he needs to do better, though, after barely halving his first match.

The good news is that you can expect better days ahead, especially as the young Hideki Matsuyama gains confidence through success.

Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson represent one of the top groups the United States has, but Scott is due for an incredible performance that carries his side to a victory.

Prediction: International wins 2 and 1

 

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