U.S. stay one point in front of Internationals

Sat Oct 5, 2013 4:40pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Tiger Woods remained unbeaten at this week's Presidents Cup as the United States maintained a one-point lead over the Internationals after the weather-delayed foursomes ended on Saturday morning.

Woods and his playing partner Matt Kuchar beat in-form South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel 4&2 in the marquee match of six before the Americans finished the opening foursomes session at Muirfield Village with an overall lead of 6-1/2 points to 5-1/2.

"You get a great partner like Tiger Woods, we matched up really well together," said Kuchar. "We are having a lot of fun out there and making a lot of birdies."

Steve Stricker and 20-year-old rookie Jordan Spieth also preserved a perfect record as they wrapped up a 2&1 win over South Africans Branden Grace and Richard Sterne, Stricker sealing victory by sinking a six-footer to par the 17th.

Argentina's Angel Cabrera and Australian Marc Leishman posted the first blue number of the day on the leaderboard for the Internationals with a closely contested 2&1 victory over Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker.

Cabrera and Leishman had been one up overnight after 13 holes but lost the 14th after Snedeker hit a stunning approach to inside two feet for a conceded birdie.

However, Leishman sank a 10-footer to birdie the 15th for the Internationals to regain a one-up advantage and they closed out the match after the Australian almost holed his approach at the 17th and Snedeker missed his birdie attempt from 14 feet.

"Just great to get a win under the belt for the two of us," said Cup rookie Leishman. "We played reasonably well. I think Sneds and Webb probably didn't play their best, but we got it done and that's what matters."   Continued...

U.S. teammates Matt Kuchar (L) and Tiger Woods celebrate winning the 12th hole as International team member Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa (R) looks on during the Foursome matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes