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US builds lead before moving to singles matches at Presidents Cup

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson halved their match but that should be more than enough. (USATSI)
Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson halved their match but that should be more than enough. (USATSI)

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When we left things on Saturday, the US had a sizeable lead overall but only led one of the remaining four matches still out on the course at Muirfield Village.

That flipped in an important way on Sunday morning as Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker turned a three-hole deficit into a 1UP win on the final hole.

Here's a look at how the four remaining matches played out early on Sunday morning:

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley halved match with Jason Day and Graham DeLaet -- This provided the big drama of the morning on Sunday. DeLaet chipped in from the front of the green for birdie on No. 18 and Bradley answerd with a 12-foot putt that went right down the middle.

Fist pumps were flying everywhere but each team managed only a half point.

Bill Haas and Steve Stricker defeat Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 4 and 3 -- Haas and Stricker needed just five more holes on Sunday to end the match they dominated late on Saturday. They took a 2UP lead through 10 straight to a four-hole lead with birdies at Nos. 12 and 14. A rout, by match play standards.

Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge defeat Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar 1UP -- Els made a clutch six-foot putt on No. 18 for the win but the International team tried to give it to Woods and Kuchar for much of the morning.

Woods and Kuchar were the last Americans to accrue losses this week.

Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker defeat Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel 1UP -- This was the big one. It's not like Simpson and Snedeker did anything special either.

This is how the six holes Oosthuizen and Schwartzel played looked on Sunday: bogey, bogey, double bogey, par, bogey, and par.

As a result: Loss.

So the US takes a six-point lead to the singles matches and needs only four points to retain the Presidents Cup -- a feat that should mean a quick day of singles play and a resounding win for the Americans.

Also, I would be remiss to not mention that the biggest margin of victory ever was 11 points by the US Team in 2000.

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