- Associated Press - Saturday, October 5, 2013

DUBLIN, OHIO (AP) - Capsules on the foursomes matches Friday and Saturday morning at the Presidents Cup, and fourballs matches Saturday:

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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