Presidents Cup 2013 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Saturday

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Presidents Cup 2013 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Saturday
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The 2013 Presidents Cup will continue on Saturday as tournament officials, players and captains prepare for a potential marathon day at Muirfield Village after thunderstorms delayed action on Friday.

Only two of the six foursome matchups were completed on Day 2 and they were routs. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley rolled Jason Day and Graham DeLaet to pick up a point for the United States, but Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge returned the favor against Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan, per the Presidents Cup on Twitter:

As a result, the U.S. leads 4.5-3.5 with four more foursomes to be decided on Saturday.

In addition to Friday's suspended matches, there are five four-ball matches and five afternoon foursomes scheduled for Saturday, meaning players, captains and fans will be in for a marathon day of golf.

Below, we'll take a look at the Day 3 pairings as well as a pair of bold predictions for the remainder of the tournament. 

 

2013 Presidents Cup Day 3
Four-Ball
United States vs International Tee Time (ET)
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley vs Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els 8:33 a.m.
Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth vs Jason Day and Graham DeLaet 8:47 a.m.
Bill Haas and Webb Simpson vs Angel Cabrera and Branden Grace 9:01 a.m.
Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan vs Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen 9:15 a.m.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar vs Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 9:29 a.m.
Foursomes
United States vs International Tee Time (ET)
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley vs Jason Day and Graham DeLaet 3:41 p.m.
Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson vs Richard Sterne and Marc Leishman 3:52 p.m.
Bill Haas and Steve Stricker vs Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 4:03 p.m.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar vs Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els 4:14 p.m
Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson vs Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen 4:25 p.m.

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Tiger Woods Will Be the Driving Force Behind U.S. Team

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World No. 1 Tiger Woods has been awfully impressive for the Americans to start the Presidents Cup, winning his four-ball matchup alongside Matt Kuchar on Thursday and teaming with his buddy again on Friday and Saturday morning to beat the South African pair of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in foursome action.

Don't expect Tiger to slow down on Saturday. After all, the team environment is a nice change of pace for many competitors, but especially for one as over-scrutinized as Woods. 

Just look how relaxed he is, per Mashable on Twitter:

The Presidents Cup atmosphere allows Tiger to share the spotlight with his teammates and thus takes a lot of pressure off him.

Couples and the American team will obviously need Tiger to be at his best in his singles match on Sunday (or Monday depending on weather), but that shouldn't be a problem with Woods gaining confidence in the early going at this year's tournament.

 

The United States Will Take a Commanding Lead into Final Day

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It's no secret that the United States has dominated this tournament over the years, winning the last four Presidents Cups going back to 2005. In 2013, expect the Americans to prevail yet again. After all, history is on their side, per ESPN Stats & Info: 

With Europe's top players out of the equation, there's simply too much talent at U.S. captain Fred Couples' disposal. He has the world's No. 1 player in Tiger Woods, a match-play maestro in Phil Mickelson and the home-course advantage on his side. 

The Americans have built a solid lead early and will have a great opportunity to build on it with 10 points up for grabs in Day 3's scheduled action.

Even if the U.S. splits with the International team through five four-ball matches and five more foursomes, Nick Price and his underdog team will have a massive mountain to climb in the final round of singles matches. 

 

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