Tiger Woods at Presidents Cup 2013 Tracker Day 3: Highlights, Updates, Analysis
The perfect weekend of Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar at the 2013 Presidents Cup continued during a marathon third day of competition.
For the majority of their day, the United States duo were involved in a fourball match with Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, which they won 1 Up.
Woods' spectacular approach shot at the 15th hole set up a conceded eagle putt that handed the Americans the positive momentum boost that they needed to win their third match of the competition.
However, the dynamic duo fell on some hard times in their foursomes match with Ernie Els and Brendan de Jonge, a match that was suspended due to darkness.
With play beginning early Sunday morning, Els and de Jonge hold a 2 Up lead through nine holes.
To remain undefeated at Muirfield Village Golf Club this weekend, Woods and Kuchar will have to play a strong back nine to earn a full point for the United States.
In the competition as a whole, the United States has a 11.5-6.5 lead over the International squad heading into Sunday.
Fourth session will resume Sunday at 7:35 a.m. and singles will start early, ideally by 9 a.m. Means last match off at 11 or thereabouts— RonGreenJr (@RonGreenJr) October 5, 2013
Play has stopped at the 10th hole with both teams on the green.
Woods hits the rough with his tee shot at the par-four 10th.
Both he and Kuchar are in need of play ending today, they seem quite fatigued at the moment.
Not much daylight left at Muirfield Village, which is easily my most favorite tweet of the day.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) October 5, 2013
Els/de Jonge lead Woods/Kuchar, 2 Up Thru 9
As they make the turn at Muirfield Village, both teams fail to convert on birdie putts at the ninth hole.
There is enough time to complete maybe one more hole before the sun sets in Ohio.
Woods' second shot rolls just outside the ball of de Jonge on the ninth green.
Both Kuchar and Els will have long birdie putts as the round quickly closes up shop.
We're moving right along at Muirfield Village as Kuchar and Els both send their tee shots off to the right side of the fairway.
About 30 minutes left of daylight now.
Els/de Jonge lead Woods/Kuchar, 2 Up Thru 8
The momentum of the match goes right back to the International duo as Els sinks his birdie putt.
Woods' tee shot at the par-three eighth deflects off of something in the gallery and into the left greenside rough.
De Jonge's tee shot is perfectly placed on the green and the International team should birdie this hole.
Hey, something good happened! Tiger sinks his short birdie putt on the 7th hole to cut the deficit to 1 down.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) October 5, 2013
Els/de Jonge lead Woods/Kuchar, 1 Up Thru 7
Woods confidently drains his birdie putt to cut into the International lead.
Let's see if the United States pairing of Woods and Kuchar can level the match before darkness falls.
Kuchar's chip barely skips past the hole and Woods will have a chance to birdie the seventh.
The pairing of Woods and Kuchar must take advantage of the misfortune of their opponents at the seventh hole.
De Jonge's second shot finds the right rough short of the green.
Woods' second shot ends up just short of the green. but Kuchar does have a favorable lie.
At the seventh hole, Kuchar's tee shot goes 264 yards and on to the left side of the fairway.
Els sends his tee shot 276 yards, but his ball ends up in the rough on the right side of the fairway.
Els/de Jonge lead Woods/Kuchar, 2 Up Thru 6
Birdie putts from Woods and Els both end up short of the hole, and once again the two teams halve a hole.
Next up is the the par-five seventh hole.
Woods finds the bunker with his tee shot at the sixth hole and Kuchar rescues him with a shot that lands on the green.
Els and de Jonge are also on the green in two.
Woods and Kucher, who are a perfect 3-0 thus far, are 2 down vs. Els/de Jonge— Amanda Balionis (@Amanda_Balionis) October 5, 2013
So-so chip for Kooch, and then Tiger misses a 5-footer for birdie. Now drop 2 down thru 5.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) October 5, 2013
Els/de Jonge lead Woods/Kuchar, 2 Up Thru 5
With about an hour of daylight left at Muirfield Village, Woods and Kuchar lose a shot after Woods misses a birdie putt at the fifth hole.
Tiger takes a good hack with his second shot at the fifth hole.
The shot flies off to the right of the green and Kuchar will have to save face for the United States pair with his third shot.
At the par-five fifth hole, Kuchar's tee shot travels 284 yards while Els hits his just one yard shorter.
Els/de Jonge lead Woods/Kuchar, 1 Up Thru 4
Kuchar can not capitalize on Woods' tee shot as his birdie putt moves just to the right of the hole.
The American par putt is conceded and de Jonge converts his par to halve the hole.
With his tee shot at the par-three fourth hole, Woods finds the green and sets up Kuchar with a 21-foot putt for birdie.
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