Presidents Cup 2013: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
The United States took a five-point lead into the final day at the 2013 Presidents Cup, but the Americans knew from the 2012 Ryder Cup that nothing is over until it's over.
But there would be no comeback for the International Team on Sunday.
With four foursome matches to be completed on Sunday after Saturday's rain delay, the Americans took two of four, while halving another. At that point, it was a six-point lead, 14-8.
The Americans then won four of 12 singles matches and halved another to hold on, 18.5-15.5. Naturally, it was Tiger Woods who clinched the victory for the United States.
Here's a breakdown of the action, complete with highlights.
2013 Presidents Cup Leaderboard—Day 4
Final Score: United States Team 18.5, International Team 15.5
Completed Foursome Matches
|U.S. Team||Score||Int. Team|
|Haas/Stricker||U.S. 4 and 3||Scott/Matsuyama|
|Woods/Kuchar||Int. 1-up||Els/de Jonge|
|Steve Stricker||Els 1-up||Ernie Els|
|Hunter Mahan||Mahan 3 and 2||Hideki Matsuyama|
|Jason Dufner||Dufner 4 and 3||Brendon de Jonge|
|Brandt Snedeker||Day 6 and 4||Jason Day|
|Jordan Spieth||DeLaet 1-up||Graham DeLaet|
|Bill Haas||Scott 2 and 1||Adam Scott|
|Zach Johnson||Johnson 4 and 2||Branden Grace|
|Matt Kuchar||Leishman 1-up||Marc Leishman|
|Tiger Woods||Woods 1-up||Richard Sterne|
|Keegan Bradley||Schwartzel 2 and 1||Charl Schwartzel|
|Webb Simpson||Halved||Louis Oosthuizen|
|Phil Mickelson||Cabrera 1-up||Angel Cabrera|
The United States won two of the final four foursome matches on Sunday, highlighted by Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker's comeback victory over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.
Simpson and Snedeker were trailing through 12 holes, 3-up, heading into Sunday's action, but they stormed back. Three holes later, they had squared it up. Simpson's putt for par on the 17th hole was the clincher for the Americans, as they went on to a 1-up victory.
Brian Wacker of PGATour.com confirmed:
Oosthuizen and Schwartzel meltdown complete: They lose 1 up to Simpson and Snedeker. #PresCup— Brian Wacker (@pgatour_brianw) October 6, 2013
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley—who came into Sunday's play all-square with Jason Day and Graham DeLaet—took the the lead through hole No. 14, but Day and DeLaet squared it up again on the 16th hole. The match ended in a tie.
Bill Haas and Steve Stricker clinched their lead over Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama. Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge cemented a victory over Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar.
Day exacted a little payback against Snedeker in singles play, winning, 6 and 4.
The 25-year-old Aussie had five birdies in the 14-hole match. He had three birdies in the first six holes to go 4-up, watched Snedeker take back two holes on No. 7 and No. 9, then cruised the rest of the way.
Day said after the match, via Mark Lamport-Stokes of Reuters:
Jason Day after crushing Brandt Snedeker 6&4: "It was good to finish off with a bang like that. I just wish it was a little bit closer."— Mark Lamport-Stokes (@MarkLamport) October 6, 2013
Hunter Mahan responded by defeating Hideki Matsuyama, 3 and 2.
He had six birdies in the 16-hole match. Matsuyama got to within 2-up after the 14th hole, but Mahan was ultimately too much to handle for the 21-year-old.
Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch tweeted an update:
Mahan also has two putts to win match on 16. Misses first but is conceded the match by Matsuyama. US 15-9, needs 3 wins for Cup. #prescup— DispatchGolf (@DispatchGolf) October 6, 2013
Jason Dufner piled onto the lead for the Americans, disposing of Brendon de Jonge, 4 and 3.
Dufner was 1-up through seven holes, then went on a run, notching four birdies before De Jonge conceded on the 15th hole to ice the match.
Graham DeLaet was able to defeat the young Jordan Spieth on Sunday, 1-up. Spieth was leading 1-up through 14 holes, but DeLaet bounced back, winning the next two holes en route to victory.
Of course, Zach Johnson also defeated Branden Grace, 4 and 2. Johnson was leading through 11 holes, 1-up, then turned on the afterburners. The 37-year-old captured the next two holes and held on for the rest of the match.
Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch tweeted:
Branden Grace plops tee shot at 16 in pond, concedes hole and match to Zach Johnson 4 and 2. US 17, Internationals 10. One pt away. #prescup— DispatchGolf (@DispatchGolf) October 6, 2013
The Internationals then responded by winning the next two matches, as Ernie Els defeated Steve Stricker (1-up) and Adam Scott disposed of Bill Haas (2 and 1).
Stricker had a chance to halve his match against Els with a birdie attempt on No. 18, but he didn't knock it down.
Chris Dachille W-BAL TV noted the drama taking place at Muirfield Village:
Ernie Els def. Steve Stricker 1 UP. 17-12 U.S. team. Getting tight.— Chris Dachille (@WBALDash) October 6, 2013
Marc Leishman added to the intrigue, defeating Matt Kuchar next, 1-up, after a putt for birdie on the 15th hole.
Charl Schwartzel then defeated Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1. Bradley had a 1-up lead through 13 holes, but Schwartzel squared it up on No. 14, then took the next two holes en route to victory, leaving the Americans with a mere three-point advantage.
But Kuchar's trusty playing partner, Tiger Woods, ultimately (and fittingly) put an end to the Internationals' run.
Woods and Richard Sterne went back and forth throughout Sunday's match. Sterne took the lead at No. 7, Woods squared it up at No. 9, Woods took the lead at No. 12, Sterne squared it up at No. 13 and then Woods took the lead at No. 16.
Woods was eventually able to hold on for a 1-up win to clinch the victory for the United States.
Jason Sobel of GolfChannel.com tweeted:
Somewhat fitting that the United States wins the Presidents Cup on a conceded putt to Tiger Woods. He clinches it for a third straight time.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) October 6, 2013
Simpson halved his match against Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson lost his match against Angel Cabrera to end the day.
Phil Mickelson had a nice bunker shot on the 17th that kept Day and DeLaet from overtaking Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.
Simpson and Snedeker talked about their big foursome win over Oosthuizen and Schwartzel after the match.
Hunter Mahan had the putt of the day on No. 6 before defeating Matsuyama. His 78-foot putt was something to behold.
No. 6 was also kind to Jason Day, who sank this 17-foot putt for birdie to extend his lead over Brandt Snedeker.
Jason Dufner's win over Brendon de Jonge all started with a lovely approach shot on No. 1.
Zach Johnson's 32-foot putt for birdie on No. 3 was the beginning of the end for opponent Branden Grace.
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