Mickelson and Bradley turn on the style again

Sat Oct 5, 2013 1:40pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Key United States pairing Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley returned to winning ways at the Presidents Cup on Friday with a 4&3 win over Internationals Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

The American pair won all three of their matches at last year's Ryder Cup but began at Muirfield Village with a defeat to South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in Thursday's fourball that stung.

"After losing yesterday's match, our first match we've lost together, we were both pretty devastated. It felt horrible," said Bradley.

"So we were ready to go out and win this match today and we played really well."

A two-and-a-half hour rain delay in play meant that only two matches finished on Friday but the crowd were treated to some outstanding golf from Mickelson and Bradley.

Australian Day and Canadian DeLaet won the first hole with a birdie and they held the lead until the par-5 fifth when Bradley turned on the style.

Taking a hybrid, Bradley magnificently drove 273 yards over water to the green and Mickelson coolly holed the eagle putt from 15 feet to bring the match to all-square.

It was the turning point in the contest as the Americans won four straight holes to take total control.   Continued...

U.S. teammates Phil Mickelson (L) and Keegan Bradley bump fists after winning the 11th hole against International teammates 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