U.S. stay one ahead at weather-hit Presidents Cup

Sat Oct 5, 2013 4:22am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - With Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley setting the tone, the United States remained one point in front of the Internationals when Friday's weather-hit foursomes were suspended for the day at the Presidents Cup.

Mickelson and Bradley completed a 4&3 win over Australian Jason Day and Canada's Graham DeLaet in the top match, before South African Ernie Els and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge triumphed by the same margin against Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan.

That put the United States ahead by 4-1/2 points to 3-1/2 overall in their bid to win the trophy for an eighth time in the biennial team competition. They led in two of the four remaining matches and trailed in two.

Only two encounters were able to finish at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Friday following a weather delay of just over two-and-a-half hours due to a thunderstorm.

Play will resume at 7.35 am local (1135 GMT) on Saturday in what could be a marathon day, with five fourball matches and five more foursomes also on the schedule, though further thunderstorms have been forecast.

In a worst case scenario, the 10th Presidents Cup could spill over into a Monday finish.

"Monday is a consideration ... if we don't finish by sunset on Monday, then the team with the most points at that point would be declared the winner," tournament director Steve Carman told reporters.

"It's going to be a long weekend, that's for sure," said Masters champion Adam Scott who, in partnership with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, was four up on Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner after 11 holes. "Time to go rest up."   Continued...

U.S. team member Keegan Bradley celebrates winning the 12th hole as he plays with teammate Phil Mickelson against the International team of Jason Day, of Australia, and Graham DeLaet, of Canada, during the Foursome matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane