Presidents Cup 2013: Day 2 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 4, 2013

Oct 3, 2013; Dublin, OH, USA; Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson wait on the 17th green during the Thursday four ball matches of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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The Americans maintained control of the lead in the race for the Presidents Cup on Friday. The weather-delayed second day at Muirfield Golf Village in Dublin, Ohio rendered a few dominant performances. Play had to be suspended due to darkness after rained called a halt to the action earlier in the day.

The players did return to the course at 5:45 p.m. ET, but they ran out of daylight and will have to finish up on Saturday. Behind a stellar effort from Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, the Americans did enough to break even on the day. Each side came away with one point after two matches completed, and the Americans lead 4.5 to 3.5.

Friday's play featured six matches of foursomes. Maintaining continuity in alternate-shot play can be difficult, but Mickelson and Bradley formed a golfing Voltron and slayed the Robeast—aka the course and their opponents, Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

Here's a look at the standings at the time play halted, per PresidentsCup.com.

 

Today's Results and Overall Points Standings

 

Match Recaps and Highlights

Mickelson and Bradley vs. Day and DeLaet

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 04:  A fan offers a toy squirrel to Keegan Bradley (L)  and Phil Mickelson of the U.S. Team on the second hole during the Day Two Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 4, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Greg
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If you could combine Mickelson and Bradley, you might have the world's greatest golfer. Playing alternate shots through the first nine holes, the duo was six under par.

It would have been difficult for any twosome to beat them on Friday. Day and DeLaet tried to come on after the delay but couldn't close the gap. 

On Thursday, Woods and Kuchar had the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air handshake; on Friday, Lefty and Bradley had this, per CBS Eye on Golf:

 

Haas and Mahan vs. Els and de Jonge

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 04:  Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Ernie Els of South Africa and the International Team walk to the fifth green during the Day Two Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 4, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by
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Els is the most decorated match-play competitor, but de Jonge has been the star of this duo over the past two days. The 33-year-old from Zimbabwe got his team off to a fast start with a hole-winning birdie on the second. Els and de Jonge never looked back from there.

Here's an example of the team's handy work on the second hole.

 

Stricker and Spieth vs. Grace and Sterne

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 04:  Jordan Spieth of the USA and Steve Stricker talk on the 7th hole during the Day Two Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 4, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The American duo was close to clinching the win when play was suspended. They will have to try and lock things down on Saturday. They are three up with just four holes left to play, so it would take a pretty big collapse to lose their lead.

Spieth and Stricker earned one of six birdies on the day on the 10th hole.

Stricker has been putting like a genius in Dublin, and Robert Lusetich of Fox Sports drops this true but tough reference to past American Ryder Cup failures.

 

Woods and Kuchar vs. Oosthuizen and Schwartzel

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 04:  Tiger Woods (L) and Matt Kuchar of the U.S. Team celebrate after a birdie on the fourth hole during the Day Two Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 4, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Get
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This match was extremely well played throughout. Woods and Kuchar would have blown away lesser men with their performance, but the South African duo kept it close. Lusetich captures the dynamic in this tweet:

Woods and Kuchar are still in control at three up with six holes left, but Oosthuizen and Schwartzel have a shot.

Watch Woods sink a birdie here on the sixth hole.

 

Simpson and Snedeker vs. Cabrera and Leishman

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 04:  Angel Cabrera of Argentina and Marc Leishman of Australia and the International Team celebrate on the fifth hole during the Day Two Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 4, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Cabrera and Leishman were blown away on Thursday by Woods and Kuchar. On Friday, they played much better, and it was mostly due to Cabrera's resurgence. He saved par on six and 11 to take advantage of American bogeys. 

His steadiness is a big reason he and Leishman have a one-up lead heading into Saturday.

 

Dufner and Johnson vs. Matsuyama and Scott

Oct 3, 2013; Dublin, OH, USA; International players Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama share a laugh with captain Nick Price as they walk off the 10th green as play is called for inclement weather during the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Man
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Adam Scott has been a machine over the last two days, and Matsuyama is following suit. This team holds a huge lead over Dufner and Johnson thanks to a bogey-free day.

Matsuyama sunk birdie putts on the fifth and sixth holes to help open up his team's huge lead. 

 

Looking Ahead to the Weekend

In addition to finishing up the suspended matches, five foursome and four-ball matches will be played on Saturday in what should be an epic marathon of golf in Ohio.

Can the Americans take complete command of the event and take pressure off themselves for Sunday's one-on-one duels, or will the international stars close the gap?

Stay tuned to find out.

 

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