Presidents Cup Format 2013: Previewing What's Ahead at Muirfield Village

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Presidents Cup Format 2013: Previewing What's Ahead at Muirfield Village
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The 2013 Presidents Cup will continue Friday at Muirfield Village and roll through the weekend as the best players from the United States look to beat the top non-European players on the planet for the fifth consecutive time since 2005.

Having won 3.5 of the six points up for grabs in Thursday's fourball matches, the U.S. team ensured it got off on the right foot on home soil, per the tournament's official Twitter account:

Below, we'll break down the 2013 Presidents Cup format and preview what's to come this weekend. 

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2013 Presidents Cup Rosters
USA International
Tiger Woods Adam Scott (Australia)
Brandt Snedeker Jason Day (Australia)
Phil Mickelson Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
Matt Kuchar Ernie Els (South Africa)
Jason Dufner Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
Keegan Bradley Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
Steve Stricker Branden Grace (South Africa)
Bill Haas Graham DeLaet (Canada)
Hunter Mahan Richard Sterne (South Africa)
Zach Johnson Angel Cabrera (Argentina)
Webb Simpson Marc Leishman (Australia)
Jordan Spieth Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe)

Format Breakdown

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There are 34 matches in all at the Presidents Cup, with 34 total points to be won over four days. Therefore, the first team to claim 17.5 points is the winner. 

If there's a 17-17 split, it's a tie and the previous champion does not retain the cup. This happened most recently in 2003 in South Africa.

Day 1 will feature six fourball matches with six points available. On Day 2, the 12 two-man teams will go head-to-head in foursomes with a total of six points on the line. Day 3 will feature five fourball matchups in the morning and five foursome matchups in the afternoon. A total of 10 points can be won on the third day.

Finally, it will all conclude on Day 4 with 12 traditional singles matches and 12 huge points up for grabs.  

Friday Foursomes

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Following six fourball matches on the opening day of action, the two teams will square off in six foursome matches Friday.

In this unique type of match, two players from the United States team will take on two players from the International team. The teammates will then alternate shots until the ball finds the bottom of the cup. The teammates will also take turns teeing off.

Just like Thursday's fourball, the team with the fewest strokes wins the hole. There are six points up for grabs at this stage on Day 2.

Saturday Fourball, Foursomes

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Saturday's action will combine Thursday's fourball with Friday's foursomes. The two teams will tee off in the morning in five fourball matchups and then play five foursome matches in the afternoon.

A total of 10 points will be available on Day 3, five from each session. 

In the early session fourball, two players from the U.S. side will take on two players from the International roster. The two pairings will play a full round, with each hole being won by the team whose competitor shoots the lowest score. 

The afternoon foursomes will be the same format as Friday's. 

Sunday Singles

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The final day of the Presidents Cup will feature a dozen traditional singles matches. The best part: No golfer from either 12-man team will be able to run or hide. 

After three days of fourball, foursomes and plenty of teamwork, the competitors will go one-on-onejust like on the final day of the Ryder Cup. Although not nearly as unique as fourball or foursomes, the singles matchups are arguably more exciting, as the players don't have their teammates to fall back on. 

With more than a third of the 34 points on the line on the final day, the stakes don't get any higher. 

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