U.S. Holds Presidents Cup Lead as Play Suspended Due to Darkness

The U.S. maintained its lead over the International team as third-day play at golf’s Presidents Cup was suspended due to darkness.

The U.S. holds an 11 1/2 to 6 1/2 lead at Muirfield Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Play was suspended today with four foursome matches -- in which teammates alternate hitting shots with the same ball -- still on the course.

The biennial event is scheduled to conclude tomorrow with the remainder of today’s play followed by 12 singles matches.

Early play today began with five fourball matches, in which each golfer plays his own ball and the lowest score wins the hole.

Americans Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley beat South African Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe 2-and-1, meaning they held a two-hole lead with one hole to play. Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar of the U.S. beat Adam Scott of Australia and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama 2-up, while Americans Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan won by the same score over South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

Bill Haas and Webb Simpson of the U.S. defeated Angel Cabrera of Argentina and South African Branden Grace 4-and-3. The international team’s lone fourball win came from Australia’s Jason Day and Graham DeLaet of Canada, 2-up over Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth.

The International team led in two of the foursome matches before play was stopped. The U.S. team led in one and one match was tied.

-- Editor: Jim McDonald

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