Presidents Cup 2013 Schedule: Previewing What's Ahead After Weather Delays
Day 2 of the Presidents Cup from Muirfield Village brought plenty of excitement while it lasted, but weather forced a delay that has moved the latter half of the action to Saturday before the Day 3 festivities begin.
Rain battered the course, resulting in a lengthy delay and a call for grounds crew to work on the course, as documented by the PGA Tour:
Total rainfall today at Muirfield Village was .82"— The Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) October 4, 2013
By the time the course was ready for action to resume, it was apparent not much action would take place, as noted by Stephanie Wei of SI.com:
Restart time is 5:45pm. No way they're finishing play the matches today. It gets darks around 7.— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) October 4, 2013
In order to accommodate Mother Nature, the Day 2 portion of the tournament will kick back off at 7:35 a.m. ET, but will not interfere with Day 3 as players will have a one-hour break before the day officially begins as per Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel:
There will be a 7:35 a.m. restart @ the #PresCup on Saturday, followed by a 1 hr break before start of 3rd session.— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) October 4, 2013
The United States enters what we'll call the "second edition" of Day 2 and the beginning of Day 3 with a decent lead at 4.5-3.5. Here is what to expect over the weekend.
When: Saturday, Oct. 5; Tee times and pairings announced at 8 a.m. EST.
Where: Muirfield Village Golf Club; Dublin, Ohio
TV Coverage: Golf Channel, 7 a.m to 8 a.m., ET; NBC, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Golf Live Extra
Radio: PGA Tour Radio (Sirius 208, XM 93, PGATour.com)
Fourball and Foursomes Saturday
Saturday was scheduled to be a chaotic event before the weather decided to delay the tournament, as 10-of-12 golfers from each side will participate in a morning and afternoon session.
The morning will see both teams tee off in five fourball matchups before doing the same again in the evening, teeing off for five foursome matches.
There's an intricate strategy to fourball that captains must be in command of as they choose the pairings, but the evening foursome matches are as straightforward as it gets—two players act as one and alternate shots.
Overall, five points are available in each session.
Singles Sunday and Prediction
Which team comes out on top?
Sunday is what separates the men from the boys as all 12 players from each side must participate. No more hiding the slumping players on the bench as captains could in previous rounds.
With a plethora of points on the line, expect Team USA to put things away, especially with how the recent Ryder Cup turned out.
The international team has scored just one victory in this contest since it was created in 1994, and they won't add a tally in the win column here, especially after the hot start Team USA has created through Day 1 and change.
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