Presidents Cup 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard, Analysis, Highlights and More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 05:  Bill Haas (L) and Steve Stricker of the U.S. Team win the ninth hole during the Day Three Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 5, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Mother Nature continued to have her way with the 2013 Presidents Cup, as Day 3 play had to be suspended due to darkness.

It has become a trend through the entire tournament, as the Ohio weather has been off and on with rain delays and afternoon downpours.

Saturday, play was suspended for a little over an hour, via's Twitter account.

Ohio State Senator Chris Widener got a photo of what the rain was looking like running off the clubhouse roof.

Because of the delays on Friday, four matches from Day 2 were pushed over to Saturday morning.

Friday Foursomes

The United States and Internationals ended up splitting up the results of those four matches, keeping the U.S. up, 6.5-5.5, in the overall standings. It's pretty much how you would have expected the results to go after the way Friday's play ended.

Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar began a run they would carry through the entire day. They played great on Friday and finished up Saturday morning by winning No. 16 to win four-up on Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. It was particularly encouraging to see Woods a little more loose on the course. He and Kuchar were forming a fruitful partnership.

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 05:  Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar of the U.S. Team celebrate on the 18th green after defeating the team of Scott/ Matsuyama 1up during the Day Three Four-ball Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 5, 2013  in Dublin, Oh
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Fred Couples will probably have felt a point got away from the U.S., though, when Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson dropped the 15th and 17th holes to Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman after winning 13 and 14 to make the round all square.

Aside from that result, there was plenty of reason for optimism from the American team.

Day 3 officially got underway with four-ball.

This is where the Presidents Cup really starts to get interesting, as the coaches have to use a lot more strategy; they must sit two golfers, and the matches gain more importance the deeper into the tournament you get.

Saturday Four-Ball

It was a great round for the United States. They took four of the five matches to earn a 10.5-6.5 lead on the Internationals. Couples couldn't have hoped for a better start to the day and was very pleased with Team USA's showing before beginning the next round, via

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were the ones who led the way to start Day 3. They knocked off Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, a duo that was dominant on Day 2. That put some pressure on the Internationals and gave the U.S. some breathing room for the rest of the day.

When Jason Day and Graham DeLaet leveled the scoring, you thought the International team might be clawing its way back. It wasn't to be, though, at least in the four-ball, as the U.S. won the next three.

Once again, it was Woods and Kuchar leading the way for the United States. They became the only combo to go unbeaten through the first three rounds, via's Randall Mell.

It looked like the shot of the day would probably belong to Woods after this approach on the par-five No. 15. It set up an easy eagle putt for the U.S.

Saturday Foursomes

With the four-ball in the books, the foursomes were still left to play.

Jordan Spieth/Steve Stricker was the only American partnership to lose in that round of four-ball, leaving Couples to make a swift decision before the foursomes teed off, via's Jason Sobel.

Whether it was the right decision remains to be seen.

Only one match was able to get in before play was stopped. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson were able to defeat Richard Sterne and Marc Leishman. As a result, the U.S. has an 11.5-6.5 lead on the Internationals going into the final day.

It was quite the comeback from the American team, as it won six of the last eight holes.

Zach Johnson made sure to finish with a flourish, as this eagle proved to be the match-winner.

It was such a great shot, Dufner-bot actually displayed an emotion resembling some sort of human-like state of happiness.

Aside from that victory, it was a very stressful round for Couples. He had to watch as the International team went up in four of the five matches.

Luckily for him, Mickelson and Bradley clawed their way back to be all square with Day and DeLaet going into the 14th hole. Bill Haas and Steve Stricker also went on a nice run, winning four of five holes between No. 5 and No. 9, to go two-up on Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama.

The other two matches are firmly in the favor of the International team.

It should make for some great drama on Sunday going into the singles matches. As a fan, you don't want to see the tournament already decided with a day left to play. With the way Saturday's foursomes could finish, the Internationals will be right on the heels of the United States.


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