Presidents Cup 2013 Results: Highlighting Biggest Surprises from Day 3
Saturday at the 2013 Presidents Cup was a dream for golf fans who love watching world-class players at the top of their games.
As it was the first two days, Muirfield Village Golf Club was once again beset by inclement weather on Saturday, forcing a delay of more than an hour on the course as officials moved water off the greens and repaired bunkers that had been washed out.
But when the rain wasn't pouring, the soggy course was in perfect shape for low scoring.
After the players wrapped up the second session early in the morning, the captains sent out five teams apiece to engage in four-ball matches.
Heading into this third session, the United States held just a one-point lead over the International team. By the end of the session, however, the lead had grown.
After Matt Kuchar poured in his birdie putt on No. 18, the Americans were securely in control of the tournament, leading by four points, as noted by the Presidents Cup:
Matt Kuchar pours in birdie, and the final point of Four-Balls goes American. Through three sessions, USA leads 10.5 to 6.5. #PresCup— The Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) October 5, 2013
After the competition had been so close the first two days, the big lead was unexpected. With that in mind, here's a look at the biggest surprises from Day 3.
Bill Haas and Webb Simpson Dominate Angel Cabrera and Branden Grace
Haas and Simpson both lost their respective matches on Day 2 playing with different partners.
Heading into the match against Cabrera and Grace, one wouldn't have been wrong to assume it would be a closely contested affair. However, Haas and Simpson took their game to another level and easily won the match 4 and 3, which was the largest margin of victory by any team on Saturday.
The real clincher was the duo's incredible five-hole run between No. 6 and No. 10 in which they scored four birdies to take control of the match.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley Take Out Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge
It wasn't shocking to see Mickelson and Bradley playing well again on Saturday. The duo was unstoppable on Friday, but Els and de Jonge entered the morning's match fresh off a rousing victory of their own on Friday and were just as hot.
Feeding off one another just as they did the day before, Mickelson and Bradley continued their impressive play in the four-ball match, winning 2 and 1.
But it didn't look like they'd repeat their success in the early going, as Els and de Jonge jumped out to an early two-shot lead after just seven holes.
A tremendous eight-hole stretch from No. 8 to No. 15 saved the Americans, though, as they scored five birdies to go up by three with just three holes to play, securing the win.
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet Win One for the International Team
Given the way the Americans were dominating the action on Saturday, it was strange to see Day and DeLaet win their match against the rock-solid group of Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.
Stricker and Spieth were brilliant together on Friday, winning five holes in the foursome match against Branden Grace and Richard Sterne. But they couldn't recapture that magic on Saturday and could only manage to win two holes.
Day and DeLaet weren't much better through 15 holes, and the match was all square heading into No. 16. Then, the duo turned up the heat, making birdies on the next two holes to win by two.
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