The 2013 Presidents Cup is in the final phase, as 12 singles matches have gotten underway on Sunday to determine the winner of this year's biennial competition.
Rain delays caused the schedule to be pushed back, as foursomes finally wrapped up on Sunday morning after the prior day's play was suspended due to darkness. At the end of that stage, the USA team took a big 14-8 lead, needing just 17.5 points to win the Cup.
Par for the Int'ls Els/de Jonge team at 18 hands Kuchar & Woods their first loss of the week, 1DN. Thru 3 sessions, USA leads 14-8.— The Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) October 6, 2013
It seems like a deficit the International team will be unable to overcome, but there will at least be some entertaining one-on-one matchups even if the final result doesn't promise a lot of suspense.
The event's official Twitter provides a list of all the singles showdowns:
Here is a look at the Day 4 TV listings, along with a breakdown of the best singles matches at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
When: Sunday, Oct. 6
Where: Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio
TV: NBC—Noon to 6 p.m. EDT
Live Stream: Golf Channel Live Extra
Jason Dufner vs. Brendon de Jonge
The Duf has enjoyed a 2-1 record alongside Zach Johnson, but this year's PGA Championship victor is on his own against a player in De Jonge who rivals his iron brilliance.
De Jonge has made the most birdies on tour since 2009. Even though those have been offset by myriad mistakes, it doesn't really matter in match play, where it only matters if a player wins each individual hole.
In wet conditions, the Zimbabwean can be in attack mode and apply pressure on Dufner.
It seems that Dufner is unflappable under pressure, though, evident not only when he won his maiden major back in August, but also when he stiffed two approach shots on Saturday when he and Johnson trailed 2 down in foursomes.
This should be a match featuring a ton of quality looks at birdie, and it will come down to who can make more. Dufner is more of a proven commodity, so he should walk away with a full point for the U.S.
Prediction: Dufner wins, 2 and 1
Jordan Spieth vs. Graham DeLaet
Which American has had the most impressive Presidents Cup so far?
Although it's been an impressive Presidents Cup debut for both players, it looks as though DeLaet could have the slight edge in this one.
DeLaet was 2-0 with Jason Day in fourball, which is a format that counts on a player's individual score, while Spieth went 1-1. Both players are accurate and long off the tee and have excellent iron games, with perpetually improving touch around the greens.
However, more consistency has been on display from the more seasoned DeLaet than his prodigious 20-year-old opponent.
The partnership of DeLaet and Day has netted the International team the most points, and DeLaet has been pulling his weight alongside Day, who is a member at Muirfield.
What is worth noting is that Spieth finished fourth on the PGA Tour this season in final-round scoring average, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him close out this match in dramatic fashion on the last hole.
Prediction: Spieth wins, 1 up
Bill Haas vs. Adam Scott
These two are models of consistency, as Haas matched Spieth and Brandt Snedeker with a tour-best nine top-10 finishes in 2013.
Scott maintained strong form throughout the season when he could have let up after winning the Masters. Instead, he contended at the Open Championship for the second year in a row and won the FedEx Cup playoff opener at the Barclays.
That resulted in a rise to a career-best No. 2 in the world rankings for the Aussie, and it was up to him to spark a turnaround for the International side in this tournament.
It hasn't quite worked out—Scott is 1-2-1 in four previous matches. The last loss came at the hands of Haas in foursomes, and it wasn't close:
Bill Haas/Steve Stricker defeat Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama, 4 and 3. #PresidentsCup— Golf World (@GolfWorldUS) October 6, 2013
Look for Scott to get revenge for his lackluster overall showing with his best performance so far, courtesy of his superior ability to close.
Prediction: Scott wins, 3 and 1.