Presidents Cup 2013: Updating Scoring Heading into Final Day of Action

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 05:  Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team watches his second shot on the ninth hole during the Day Three Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 5, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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While Saturday's play was suspended due to darkness before coming to a conclusion, the United States took a step toward securing another Presidents Cup victory.

The American squad dominated the morning four-ball matches, winning four of the five contests. Jason Day and Graham DeLaet represented the only success for the International team in the early sessions. 

In the evening, the United States earned one more point thanks to strong performances by Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. Their win put the host team up 11.5 to 6.5 after almost three full days of play. 

The remaining foursome will not be completed until Sunday, followed by the singles competition to round out the tournament.

With not much remaining at this event, here is an updated look at Saturday's completed action and what to expect from the start of matches in Day 4.

 

Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley vs. Jason Day/Graham DeLaet

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 Sham
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Score: All square 

Through: 13

Although the teams were tied when play was suspended, you have to imagine Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were disappointed they could not finish the action.

Since dropping to three holes back after five holes, the American duo turned things around with three wins to even things up. With the momentum on their side, it is easy to assume they would have soon taken the lead.

Even with the break, it is clear that this pairing has a lot of chemistry, which helps in an alternating-shot situation. Day and DeLaet are better as partners in four-ball, and they will be unable to regain the lead in the final few holes.

 

Bill Haas/Steve Stricker vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 05:  Adam Scott of Australia and the International Team putts for eagle on the fifth green during the Day Three Four-ball Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 5, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Imag
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Score: U.S. 2-up

Through: 10

Steve Stricker is the third different partner for Bill Haas in this tournament, but it seems as though this could be the best matchup yet. The pair has been excellent in the alternating-shot match, already posting four birdies and winning five out of 10 possible holes.

Meanwhile, Adam Scott has not carried the International squad in the tournament like many had hoped. He is only 1-1-1 in three finished events while appearing on his way to another loss.

Hideki Matsuyama has held his own considering his age, but he might not have the confidence to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory in this one. 

 

Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar vs. Ernie Els/Brendon De Jonge

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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Score: International 2-up

Through: 9

If one team is currently trailing but has a good chance of winning, it is Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar. The group has won all three of its previous matchups, although they seemed to be running out of gas in the afternoon session.

With play being suspended, Kuchar and Woods can rest up and come back strong over the final nine holes on Sunday.

Ernie Els and Brendon De Jonge have had some good moments in this tournament, but do not be surprised if they struggle to hold onto the lead in this matchup.

 

Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker vs. Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 04:  Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and the International Team hits his second shot on the second hole during the Day Two Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 4, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sulli
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Score: International 3-up

Through: 12

Of all the matches yet to finish, this one appears closest to being decided. Unlike the rest of the International team, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have solid chemistry, and that helps the South Africans do well while alternating shots.

Through 12 holes, this pair is four strokes under par, while their opponent has hit a handful of bogeys.

Even if Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker start hitting better shots, it will be too tough to make up three holes with only six remaining.

 

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