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U.S. Holds One-Point Lead as Darkness Halts Presidents Cup Golf

Golfer Phil Mickelson
Golfer Phil Mickelson of the U.S. team watches a tee shot at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on October 5, 2013. Photographer: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The U.S. maintained its one-point lead over the International team as the second day of golf’s Presidents Cup was suspended due to darkness.

Thunderstorms plagued play and forced a delay of 2 1/2 hours yesterday at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Four of the day’s six foursome matches -- or alternating shot with the same ball -- will be completed this morning before the two teams play a total of 10 other matches.

“It’s going to be a long weekend, that’s for sure,” Adam Scott, the Masters Tournament winner from Australia, told reporters. “Time to go rest up.”

The U.S. holds a 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 lead as the American duo of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley defeated a team of Australian Jason Day and Canadian Graham DeLaet 4-and-3, meaning they held an unassailable four-hole lead with three holes to play, in one of yesterday’s two concluded matches.

“We seemed to feed off each other,” Bradley, who often plays practice rounds with Mickelson at U.S. PGA Tour events, told reporters. “I love showing off in front of him and I think he likes showing off in front of me. It’s a lot of fun.”

International Point

In the day’s other completed match, South Africa’s Ernie Els and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge topped Americans Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas by the same 4-and-3 score.

In suspended matches, Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth have a three-hole lead on South Africans Branden Grace and Richard Sterne through 14 holes; Angel Cabrera of Argentina and Australia’s Marc Leishman are 1-up on Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker through 13 holes; Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar are 3-up on South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel through 12, and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Scott are 4-up on PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson through 11 holes.

After the suspended matches are completed in the morning, the two teams will play five fourball matches, with each golfer playing his own ball and the lowest score winning the hole, followed by five more foursome matches.

The biennial team event will conclude with 12 singles matches tomorrow. The Americans are seeking their fifth straight championship in the Presidents Cup, which began in 1994. The U.S. has a 7-1-1 record in the matches.

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