For the second day in a row, Muirfield Village was hit hard by rain, forcing Presidents Cup officials to suspend play. As such, only two of the six matches on tap for Friday came to a conclusion, expanding Saturday's already-full schedule.
The United States Team entered Friday with a one-point lead and ended the day exactly how it started, sporting a 4.5-3.5 lead over the International Team.
With four more matches yet to be decided, play will resume on Saturday morning at 7:35 a.m. ET, as noted by Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel:
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley absolutely lit up the course, beating Jason Day and Graham DeLaet 4&3.
At one point, they had gone five-under par through four holes, finishing up the front nine with a 30—a phenomenal score in the foursome format, as noted by Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel:
Not to be outdone, the International Team featured a dynamic duo of its own.
Ernie Els and Brandon de Jonge didn't score as many birdies as Mickelson and Bradley, but they finished the second session with exactly the same result, beating Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan 4&3.
Interestingly enough, it was the unheralded de Jonge who made the lion's share of big shots on Friday. Shane Bacon of Yahoo! Sports pointed out during Friday's round that de Jonge "got trashed a bit for being a captain's pick" but is his pick as the early MVP:
Heading into Saturday morning, the remaining four matches from the second session are split down the middle.
Tour veteran Steve Stricker and rookie Jordan Spieth have a commanding three-shot lead over Branden Grace and Richard Sterne. With just four holes remaining, the Americans can end the match quickly with a win on the par-5 15th.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar also carry a three-shot lead into Saturday morning's action with just six holes left to play. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have played well in this match, but Woods and Kuchar have been better.
On the International side, Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott have a commanding four-stroke lead over Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson with seven holes left to play.
Dufner and Johnson struggled to get in sync in this alternate-shot format and need a brilliant rally tomorrow morning to avoid losing the match.
Barring major comebacks in these three matches, the Americans should win two of the three.
The final match is far from one-sided, however, and it's anyone's guess as to which team will win. Internationals Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman hold a tenuous one-shot lead over Americans Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker with five holes left to play.
After these matches are concluded on Saturday morning, the golfers have a full schedule in front of them. Two sessions are on the schedule, beginning with five four-ball matches and ending with five foursomes.
Given the incredibly close nature of the competition thus far, it seems inevitable that Sunday afternoon will be full of high drama with both teams having a shot at winning the Presidents Cup.
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