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DUBLIN---Two things could be counted on for a
Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village---rain and the
Americans in control.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar remained undefeated
with a 1-up win that came down to the last putt.
Kuchar rolled in a 15-footer for birdie to hand Adam
Scott and Hideki Matsuyama their first loss this
The Americans took four of the five matches in
fourballs, with four of them reaching at least the 17th
hole. That gave them a 10 1/2-6 1/2 lead going into
the foursomes sessions yesterday afternoon. Because
of another rain delay, however, they would not be
able to complete them until this morning.
It was the fourth straight year the Americans had
led by at least three at the halfway point of the Pres-
"We had close games that went the US way," Inter-
national captain Nick Price said. "We ve still got
another 17 points left. That s what I keep telling the
guys. They re a little down after what happened this
It already was afternoon when the "morning" ses-
sion ended---the Friday matches had to be completed
on Saturday morning, and while there were only a
few bursts of heavy rain, it was enough to create
small pools on the greens and in bunkers. That took
time to get the course ready.
Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan each won for
the first time this week by holding off Louis Oost-
huizen and Charl Schwartzel. The Americans had a
1-up lead with four holes to play. Oosthuizen missed
an 8-foot birdie putt to win the 16th hole, and both
South Africans found the bunker on the 18th with
a chance to halve the match.
The lone International win in fourballs came from
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet, who gave Steve Strick-
er and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth their first loss. The
American tandem of young and old---Stricker at 46
is the oldest player on either team---fell behind for
the first time all week. Stricker s birdie on the 15th
tied the match, only for DeLaet to stuff his tee shot
into six feet for birdie on the 16th for a lead they
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley again went on
a roll. They were two down through seven holes
when they combined to birdie seven of the next eight
holes that swung the match in their favour. They
beat Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, two and one.
Angel Cabrera, after winning a foursomes on Sat-
urday morning, struggled with his back and had no
chance with Branden Grace, the only player without
a point so far. Webb Simpson and Bill Haas delivered
the only rout in fourballs, four and three.
Woods and Kuchar were 3-0 going into foursomes
in the afternoon.
Scott and Matsuyama won the first hole with a
birdie and never trailed until the final holes. Woods
stuffed his approach into five feet for birdie on the
Americans seize control
in Presidents Cup
MOSCOW---Heavyweight champion Wladimir
Klitschko gave Alexander Povetkin his first loss by
earning a unanimous decision to keep his WBA and
IBF belts yesterday.
Klitschko knocked down Povetkin three times in
the seventh round.
All three judges ruled 119-104 each for Klitschko
(61-3, 52 KO), handing Povetkin his first defeat in 27
fights. Klitschko stuck to his usual tactics, scoring
frequently off his left jab and forcing Povetkin to
attack, but the Russian rarely succeeded.
Klitschko first knocked Povetkin down with a com-
bination 51 seconds into the seventh round. He floored
Povetkin again with a left hook 35 seconds later, and
again with 57 seconds left, but the Russian recovered.
Povetkin to retain titles
Kuchar, who had missed three putts
inside seven feet that would have won
holes, finally converted from seven feet
on the 14th for their first lead. Woods
then delivered the signature moment
on Saturday when he ripped a fairway
metal, crouching and pumping his fist
when it plugged four feet below the
pin. The eagle was conceded. The lead
was two up.
Matsuyama answered with a 25-foot
birdie putt on the next hole. Scott had
a birdie putt just inside ten feet on the
18th for a good chance to earn a halve,
but Kuchar made his birdie putt for
the 1-up win.
For Woods, it was his eighth straight
win in the Presidents Cup when playing
on home soil. (AP)
United States' Matt Kuchar reacts to making a
birdie putt on the 18th hole during a four-ball
match at the Presidents Cup golf tournament at
Muirfield Village Golf Club yesterday in Dublin,
Ohio. AP PHOTO
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