This Presidents Cup thing is pretty fun. Seeing some of the world’s best golfers perform in team events is awesome. Obviously, the Ryder Cup is the most popular and esteemed version of team play, but the performances at this year’s Presidents Cup are making the event memorable in its own right.
Whose game has been shining brightest in Dublin, Ohio? I’m glad you asked.
Keegan Bradley took his partner’s lead in the second round of play on Friday. The two men were nearly unstoppable on the front nine. A six-under par start is quite remarkable in alternate shot play.
While Bradley came up big on Friday, Mickelson has been playing well on both days. Lefty had four birdies on Thursday and helped to finish off an eagle on the fifth hole on Friday.
Mickelson is showing why he’s one of the best in the world.
Woods had four straight birdies on Thursday to help give him and his playing partner, Matt Kuchar, a lopsided win over Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman. On Friday, he made four birdie putts to help him and Kuchar take a lead into Saturday’s action before play was suspended due to darkness, per Will Gray of the Golf Channel.
Woods has been looser and more relaxed at the Presidents Cup, and it’s proving to be a winning demeanor for him so far. Then again, this is Tiger. Almost any demeanor he demonstrates is a winning one.
While Woods is sure to get a lot of credit for his team's success, Kuchar has been nearly as good. He had four birdies of his own on Thursday. The duo has been less like Batman and Robin and more like Captain America and Superman in the first two days.
Kuchar continued his strong play on Friday, setting up Woods’ birdie putts as the two alternated shots almost seamlessly.
Who has been the MVP of the first two days of the Presidents Cup?
Last but certainly not least is Scott. On Thursday, he had six birdies and an eagle to almost single-handedly push his team to a halved match with Bill Haas and Webb Simpson.
His playing partner, Hideki Matsuyama, came through with a clutch putt on the 18th hole, but Scott was the reason that putt held any significance.
On Friday, Scott’s performance was less outwardly spectacular, but he was like hoops floor general Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. Scott set Matsuyama up for makeable putts throughout the day. Play suspended before the beatdown could be completed, but Scott and Matsuyama were four-up on Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson with six holes to play.
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