Golf fans have been treated to superb shotmaking and compelling drama through the first three days of the 2013 Presidents Cup.
Unfortunately, they've also been "treated" to plenty of weather delays, as Muirfield Village has seen 1.60 inches of rain since Thursday, as noted by PGA Tour Media:
Another 0.50” of rain so far today. Total since Thursday = 1.60” @PresidentsCup— PGA TOUR Media (@PGATOURmedia) October 5, 2013
The wet conditions haven't dampened spirits; however, and they certainly haven't hurt the scoring. This tournament has been a veritable birdie fest, and viewers have been privy to some jaw-dropping shots throughout the competition.
Thanks to a lengthy delay on Friday and a one-hour delay on Saturday, only one of the foursome matches from the evening session were completed when the tournament was suspended due to darkness. At that time, the Americans had taken a commanding five-point lead heading into Sunday, as noted by the Golf Channel:
The Americans began the morning's four-ball matches with a tenuous one-point lead.
There were four matches from Friday night's session that hadn't yet been completed early Saturday morning, and after they were completed, the United States held a 6.5-5.5 lead heading into the third session.
Of the five four-ball matches that began in the morning, the International team was able to win just one.
And it wasn't due to poor play either—the Americans were simply on fire.
Woods' was particularly impressive, as he nailed his second shot on the par-five 15th hole to within gimme range.
The International team rebounded nicely after getting hammered in the morning, however. Before the course was shut down for the evening on Saturday night, it was leading two matches by two points or more.
But the Americans were able to score a big victory right before darkness descended.
The duo of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson closed out their match against Richard Sterne and Marc Leishman 4 and 3, thanks to an incredible eagle by Johnson at the 15th hole. With 117 yards left to the pin, he drilled a sand wedge right over the top of the pin, and the ball rolled back into the cup.
This shot typified the day for the Americans.
With four matches yet to be decided, the two teams both lead in two matches apiece. The golfers will hit the course at 7:35 a.m. ET to finish those matches, followed by a one-hour break before Sunday's 12 singles matches, as noted by The Presidents Cup:
Play has been suspended due to darkness. We'll restart at 7:35 AM ET with the gates opening at 6:30. #PresCup— The Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) October 5, 2013
This is still anyone's tournament, but the United States has a huge advantage heading into Sunday. It'll take another epic meltdown to match last year's Ryder Cup failure for the Americans to lose this year's Presidents Cup.
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