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October 05. 2013 10:37AM
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(AP) Capsules on the foursomes matches Friday and Saturday morning at the Presidents Cup:


FRIDAY FOURSOMES


INTERNATIONAL 3, UNITED STATES 3


Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, United States, def. Jason Day and Graham DeLaet, International, 4 and 3.


One day after their first loss as a team, Phil Mickelson and Keegan were at their best and needed to be. The Internationals birdied three of the opening five holes, yet the match was all square. Bradley twice made big putts for birdie on No. 2 and par on No. 4 to halve the hole. Bradley hit a hybrid into 15 feet on No. 5 and Mickelson made the eagle putt to level the match. And that was that. The Americans birdied the next three holes to go 3 up, Day and DeLaet started the back nine bogey-par-bogey, and only two late mistakes by Bradley allowed this match to get to the 15th.


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Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, International, def. Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan, United States, 4 and 3.


De Jonge played beautifully for the second straight day, and this time Els joined him. They were 4-under through five holes to build a 3-up lead and never lost a hole. The Americans had a chance to take momentum into the back nine when Mahan stuck his approach on the ninth hole to a foot and de Jonge found the bunker left of the green. Els holed the bunker shot for birdie to halve the hole, and the Internationals went 4 up two holes later with a birdie on the par-5 11th. The Internationals were 8-under went the match ended on the 15th.


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Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth, United States, def. Branden Grace and Richard Sterne, International, 2 and 1.


The Internationals did well to keep from falling into a deep hole early. Grace chipped in from 50 feet on No. 2 for a halve, Sterne made a 6-foot par putt for a halve on No. 4 and Grace made a 25-foot birdie for a halve on No. 7. Spieth made a collection of birdie putts, including a 15-footer on No. 8 for a 2-up lead, and one from about the same distance on No. 12 to go 4 up. Grace hit a splendid shot from a deep fairway bunker to 2 feet on No. 13 to win the hole. Stricker made a 20-foot birdie on the 15th to stay 3 up, and the Americans closed it out on the 17th with a par.


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Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, International, def. Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker, United States, 2 and 1.


This proved to be the pivotal match of the foursomes session, with the Americans and Internationals trading big wins in the other matches. The Americans went 1 up with a birdie on the second hole, but their bogey on No. 6 squared the match. This match featured the fewest amount of birdies, and it was only fitting that the Internationals took their first lead on the par-5 11th with a par. The biggest cheer came on the 12th, when a boisterous fan distracted Cabrera three times over his 25-foot birdie putt until the Argentine holed it for a 2-up lead. Snedeker hit 9-iron to a foot when play resumed Saturday morning to square the match. Leishman answered with an 8-foot birdie on the 15th, and he hit 7-iron to a foot on the 17th for birdie to win.


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Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar, United States, def. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, International, 4 and 2.


In another excellent display of shots and putts, the Americans were 6-under through eight holes and still only had a 1-up lead. Oosthuizen and Schwartzel were up to the task, but it only took a couple of mistakes to give the Americans control. Oosthuizen missed a 5-foot par putt on the ninth as the Americans went 2 up. And after Woods went long of the par-3 12th green a certain bogey Oosthuizen hit 7-iron into the water and the Americans went 3-up by winning the hole with a bogey. They halved the next three holes, and the Americans were conceded birdie on the 16th.


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Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, International, def. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, United States, 2 and 1.


Dufner and Johnson won both their foursomes matches at the Ryder Cup last year. They didn't bring their best golf for Scott and Matsuyama. They conceded a birdie on the second hole. They lost the par-5 11th hole with a bogey when Dufner left a tough flop shot in the rough behind the green. The Internationals were 4 up through 11 holes when rain stopped play on Friday, and Dufner missed a 5-foot par putt Saturday morning to fall 5 down. The Americans birdied the next three holes to go 2 down with three to play. The next two holes were halved with pars, ending the match.


Associated Press


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