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Presidents Cup 2013 Results: Highlighting Biggest Surprises from Day 3

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 05:  Bill Haas and Webb Simpson of the U.S. Team celebrate a shot on the 14th hole during the Day Three Four-ball Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 5, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2013

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:

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

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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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

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 05:  Phil Mickelson (L) 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 S
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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

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 04:  Graham DeLaet of Canada and Jason Day of Australia and the International Team react to a birdie putt on the second hole during the Day Two Foursome Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 4, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.
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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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