Presidents Cup 2013: Breaking Down Completed Foursome Matches on Sunday
After a rain delay on Saturday, the International team was hoping to gain some ground on the Americans in the remaining four foursome matches on Sunday at the 2013 Presidents Cup.
That didn't happen.
Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker roared back from a large deficit, Bill Haas and Steve Stricker won their match, and Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley halved their match. The duo of Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar was the only American pairing to lose in foursome matches on Sunday.
Simpson and Snedeker's comeback victory over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel was another big blow to the International team. The American duo entered Sunday trailing Oosthuizen and Schwartzel through 12 holes, 3 up. But Simpson and Snedeker began to dig into the Internationals' lead right away on the 13th hole.
By the 16th hole, the Americans had squared it up. Simpson's putt for par on the 17th was the deadening blow.
Golf and basketball blogger Zach Oliver detailed Schwartzel and Oosthuizen's collapse down the stretch:
Schwartzel wild third shot hits the cart path and goes out of bounds. Simpson and Snedeker have won three straight to even the match.— Zach Oliver (@ZOliver8812) October 6, 2013
Haas and Stricker had a 2-up lead over Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama through 10 holes before Sunday's play began. They only had to play five more holes to cement the victory, gaining ground on No. 12 and No. 14 before ultimately winning, 4 and 3.
Brian Wacker of PGATour.com tweeted:
Haas and Stricker with a 4 and 3 spanking of Scott-Matsuyama.— Brian Wacker (@pgatour_brianw) October 6, 2013
Haas had a nice 10-foot putt for birdie on No. 14, per PGATour.com:
Mickelson and Bradley—who were on fire headed into Sunday's play—were even with Jason Day and Graham DeLaet through 13 holes. They took the lead on the 14th hole after Bradley's birdie, lost it on the 16th hole after DeLaet's putt for par, then settled for all-square.
John Buccigross of ESPN tweeted:
Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley: 2 wins so far. 5 wins together between Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup, Mickelson's most wins with a single partner— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) October 6, 2013
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were cooled down by Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, 1-up.
They were tailing the International duo through nine holes, 2-up, entering Sunday's play. Els and De Jonge built a 3-up lead through 14 holes, but Woods and Kuchar won the next two holes to add some drama to the match. In the end, Els and De Jonge held on, giving the International team something to cheer about.
The International team actually lost a point once the foursome matches were completed on Sunday. The Americans entered singles play with a six-point advantage, 14-8.
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