Both teams grab a point as play is suspended at Presidents Cup
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley led the US Team to a point on Day Two at the Presidents Cup but the International Team had an answer with Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els.
Play was halted around 7:15 p.m. Eastern time with four matches yet to be decided on Friday at the Presidents Cup.
Of the two matches that were decided (coincidentally the first two) both the US Team and International Team took one point which left the overall score at 4.5 to 3.5 in favor of the Americans.
Here's a recap of the six matches.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley defeat Jason Day and Graham DeLaet 4 and 3 -- Mickelson and Bradley just played out of their minds on Friday (so just like the 2012 Ryder Cup). They went out in 30 (!) and went dormie on hole No. 12. It took them a few holes to finish off the win but a three-foot putt from Bradley did it on No. 15.
After the match Mickelson reminded everyone about how much he likes playing with Bradley.
"He brings out the best golf in me."
The drama from them all day was just spectacular:
Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els defeat Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas 4UP -- Mahan and Haas could only muster two birdies throughout the match and I'm not sure de Jonge has missed a putt in the last 36 hours.
Shane Bacon eloquently put it this way:
To explain how good de Jonge has played, Ernie close to being 2-0-0 with a putting stroke that looks like a flamingo threw up its dinner.— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) October 4, 2013
Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth currently 3UP with four to play on Richard Sterne and Branden Grace -- Stricker and Spieth haven't trailed in this match or for the entire Presidents Cup. In retrospect Fred Couples sticking them together might have been the smartest thing he's done all week.
Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman currently 1UP with five to play on Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson -- The all-southern team for the US is struggling through the first 13 holes.
They could muster only three birdies and three bogeys through during their match but got some momentum at the end of the day as Leishman and Cabrera bogeyed their last hole to give back a hole and maintain just a 1UP lead.
Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods currently 3UP with six to play on Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel -- I almost feel bad for Schwartzel and Oosthuizen at this point. They shot a 32 on the front nine and trailed by two because Woods and Kuchar shot a ridiculous 30.
Things got so bad for Oosthuizen and Schwartzel that they somehow lost a hole to end the day in which Kuchar purposely chipped a ball into the sand for Woods to hit out and make bogey.
I expect Kuchar and Woods to end this early on Saturday.
Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 4UP with six to play over Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson -- As well as Johnson and Dufner played on Thursday, the opposite was true on Friday.
They struggled to score and made just one birdie through the first 11 holes against a formidable International side.
The problem for the US team is that half of Scott and Matsuyama's points came on pars, something the US will have to correct if they want to jump back in the mix on Saturday.
Play will resume at 7:35 a.m. Eastern on Saturday morning on Golf Channel and will flip to NBC at 8 a.m. There will be an hour break between the conclusion of the second day matches and the beginning of the third day matches.
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