The second day of the Presidents Cup has once again been disrupted by the weather, but this time all parties have not been able to run their course. Both sides have scored an extra point and the U.S. to remain so (4.5-3.5).
The first day of the Four-Balls had ended with a low sun after an hour and a half late due to thunderstorms. The day of Foursomes has again been disrupted by the weather, but this time the interruption lasted nearly three hours and only two parties were able to run their course. The United States still have an edge on the international team (4.5 to 3.5). Before the storm broke in the sky of Dublin (Ohio), the pair made up of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley triggered lightning at hole number 5. The two Californians chained birdies and eagles to win seven of the eight holes 5 to 12, straddling the interruption. Australian Jason Day and Canadian Graham DeLaet have not fallen, but there was just nothing to do with the blows of adverse thunder. The sequence of holes as by two Americans is even more impressive in this formula Foursome with a ball played alternately and is not conducive to the offensive. But it was obviously effective without the enthusiasm and Bradley class Mickelson. “W e were one down after four holes, Mickelson recalled. But from the five we woke up and we played our best golf.” Brendon de Jonge is the other hero of the early competition.
Brendon “Mr. Birdie “De Jonge:
Associated with Ernie Els, Brendon de Jonge is certainly the best golfer in the plateau since the start of the Presidents Cup. “Mr. Birdie “(nobody has managed more than him on the PGA Tour since 2009) was dazzling Thursday and he did it again on Friday to allow the international team to score a point also before nightfall. Appeased by the presence of Ernie Els, De Jonge plays a perfect golf allowing African doublet defeat Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan without conceding a hole (4 & 3). The agreement between the two men seems perfect “He really plays outstanding and we both played well today,” noted Els. For his first Presidents Cup, Zimbabwe never failed to honor its glorious predecessor.
“Do not let me leave Ernie all the credit. It has a great influence on me with his composure. It’s nice to play with a member of the Hall of Fame, especially when he puts all his balls in the middle of the fairways and greens in the middle, “recalled De Jonge.
An Exceptional Level Of Play:
The level of play on the second day is still up a notch with the pair Woods / Kuchar obliged to leave the big game against the South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen lead to 3 up after 12 holes and an incredible number of birdies . Three of the last four games should not offer too much suspense as the gap is already considerable.Only the game between Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker on one side and Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman of the other can still switch since the Australian-Argentine pair leads one up after 13 holes. If things remained there, the United States would have a step ahead when addressing the third session. “If we can keep things as tomorrow would be perfect,” admitted Nick Price. But the marathon Saturday could be full of surprises, especially if storms (expected rather Sunday) to invite again.
Foursomes Results (After Two Of The Six Games Played):
U.S. 4.5 – 3.5 International Team
Phil Mickelson (USA) and Keegan Bradley (USA) / Jason Day (Aus) and Graham DeLaet (Can): 4 & 3
Ernie Els (AfS) and Brendon De Jonge (Zim) / Bill Haas (USA) and Hunter Mahan (USA): 4 & 3
Steve Stricker (USA) and Jordan Spieth (USA) / Branden Grace (AfS) and Richard Sterne (AfS): 3 up to 14
Angel Cabrera (Arg) and Marc Leishman (Aus) / Webb Simpson (USA) and Brandt Snedeker (USA): 1 up to 13
Matt Kuchar (USA) and Tiger Woods (USA) / Louis Oosthuizen (AfS) and Charl Schwartzel (AfS): 3 up to 12
Adam Scott (Aus) and Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) / Jason Dufner (USA) and Zach Johnson (USA) 4 up after 11 holes