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Capsules of the Presidents Cup matches
Els and de Jonge completed a week of big opponents _ they faced Stricker and Spieth, Mickelson and Bradley, and lastly Woods and Kuchar. The Internationals quickly built a 2-up lead and held it, though it was close at the end. Els and de Jonge went 2 up on the 12th, and de Jonge made an 8-foot birdie on the 14th to go 3 up. Woods and Kuchar won the 15th with an eagle, and de Jonge went into the water on the 16th as the International lead went to 1 up. Kuchar had an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th to square the match, but he missed it. Els had to make a 4-foot par putt on the 18th for the win, and he made it. Woods and Kuchar lost for the first time all week.
SINGLES ( International 7 1/2, United States 4 1/2)
Mahan twice fell behind, though not for long. Both times he answered with birdies, including a long putt on the sixth to square the match. Matsuyama bogeyed a par from a back bunker to fall behind and never caught up. The Japanese star also bogeyed No. 8, and Mahan went 3 up with a birdie at No. 10. They matched birdies on the 13th, and Mahan put him away with another birdie on the 15th.
Jason Day, International, def. Brandt Snedeker, United States, 6 and 4.
Day was drilled in singles at Royal Melbourne in his Presidents Cup debut. He made sure that wasn’t the case against Snedeker. Day won the opening hole with a birdie and never trailed, taking advantage of the American’s mistakes. Snedeker lost three holes with bogeys, and Day led by at least 2 up from the third hole on. The match effectively ended when Snedeker hit into the water on the 12th. On the 14th, Day made a 15-foot birdie putt when he only needed two putts for the win.
Graham DeLaet, International, def. Jordan Spieth, United States, 1 up.
In a tight match, the players halved the opening eight holes until Spieth made a birdie on No. 9 for a 1-up lead. Spieth had the lead three times, only for DeLaet to win the next hole to square the match. It turned in the Canadian’s favor when Spieth missed the green badly on the 16th and DeLaet made par for his first lead. He was 1 up going to the 18th, and Spieth was in reasonable shape to get a half-point with DeLaet in the bunker. But he blasted out and into the cup, the second time Sunday he made birdie from off the 18th green.
Els found something in his putting stroke, and he put it to work against the guy reputed to be the best putter in golf. After a bogey on the opening hole, Els squared the match with a birdie on No. 3 and took the lead on Stricker’s bogey at the fourth. Stricker never regained the lead, though Els never led by more than 1 up on the back nine. The Big Easy regained the 1-up advantage with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th. Stricker had birdie putts to tie the match on the 17th and 18th, both in the 12-foot range, and narrowly missed them both.
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