Presidents Cup 2013: Scoring Updates for Day 3

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 5, 2013

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 05:  Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley of the U.S. Team celebrate after a birdie on the 13th green  during the Day Three Four-ball Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 5, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The United States Team has distanced itself from the International Team at the 2013 Presidents Cup, winning four of five four-ball matches on Saturday.

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson picked up right where they left off, defeating Day 2 winners Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, 2 and 1. 

Els and de Jonge, who were 2 up through seven holes, saw their lead against the Americans diminish down the stretch, as Mickelson scored three times and Bradley scored twice in the span of eight holes. 

Els and De Jonge defeated Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan on Friday, but they were no match for Mickelson and Bradley on Saturday. Mickelson and Bradley have something going. After losing to Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel on Day 1, they have won their last two matches. 

Haas and Webb Simpson also defeated Angel Cabrera and Branden Grace on Saturday. After 10 holes, they had built a 3-up advantage. They coasted from there, going on to win 4 and 3. It was redemption for both, as the duo had yet to win a match coming into Saturday's action.

Oct 5, 2013; Dublin, OH, USA; Jason Day and Graham DeLaet celebrate after putting out on the 14th green during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
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Jason Day and Graham DeLaet won the next match, though. They were able to defeat the American duo of Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth, 2 up. 

It was a highly competitive match throughout, with both teams all square through 15 holes. But Day and DeLaet pulled away at the end, distancing themselves on the 16th and 18th holes. 

Day and DeLaet have now won two of their three matches so far, but they must now face Mickelson and Bradley to kick off afternoon foursomes. That's going to be a match to watch on Saturday.

The duo of Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan, who lost to Day and DeLaet on Thursday, emerged victorious over Oosthuizen and Schwartzel on Saturday, 2 up. They had a 1-up lead through 17 holes, then put the icing on the cake on the final hole.

Last but not least, Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar finished strong against Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama on Saturday. They didn't take the lead until the 14th hole, but they never gave it away, going on to earn a 2-up victory. 

Woods and Kuchar have won all three of their matches thus far. They will battle it out with Els and De Jonge in afternoon foursomes. 

The Americans lead 10.5 to 6.5 after Saturday morning's four-ball matches.


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