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Capsules of the Presidents Cup matches
Schwartzel took the lead early and took control late. Bradley was in trouble off the first tee and lost the hole. He stayed behind until Schwartzel bogeyed the eighth, and the match was all square at the turn. Bradley went ahead for the first time with a birdie at No. 10, and the match went both ways the entire back nine. Only two holes were halved on the back nine. Schwartzel caught him when Bradley made double bogey on the 14th, went ahead when the American made bogey on the 15th, and seized control when Bradley hit into the water on the 16th.
Louis Oosthuizen, International, halved with Webb Simpson, United States.
Simpson led from the opening hole and never trailed. But he also didn’t win. Simpson was 2 up with five holes to play until he left a shot in the bunker on the 14th and made bogey. Simpson got up-and-down for birdie on the 15th after Oosthuizen reached the green in two to tie the hold, and they halved the 17th in bogeys. By then, the Americans had won the Presidents Cup. Simpson was up against a tree on the 18th hole and conceded the hole, ending in a halve.
Angel Cabrera, International, def. Phil Mickelson, United States, 1 up.
Put together Mickelson and Cabrera, and anything can happen. Cabrera won the par-5 fifth with a par. Mickelson won the eighth with a par to go 1 up. Both birdied the difficult par-3 12th. Mickelson looked like luck was on his side on the 14th. From the right hill side, he fired a shot through the trees and the ball struck a branch, shot to the left and into the water, but splashed out of the water onto land. He chipped to 5 feet. Cabrera had 12 feet just to make par, holed it, and then won the hole when Mickelson missed his putt. Mickelson missed a 4-foot par putt that would have won the 15th and then bogeyed the 17th. On the final hole, Mickelson was left a shot in the bunker and blasted out to 5 feet. Cabrera had about 3 feet for par. Mickelson didn’t concede until he made his bogey putt _ and then he picked up Cabrera’s coin and smiled.
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