Date: October 04, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Internationals rally late at Presidents Cup

The Internationals have recovered from a dire position early on Thursday to narrowly trail the United States at The Presidents Cup in Ohio. After a rain-hit opening day of fourball, the USA led the Internationals 3.5 to 2.5 but it could have been a whole lot worse for the visitors. Just before the 80-minute rain delay occurred, the Internationals trailed in all six matches and will take momentum in recovering to be only one point behind. American duo Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar claimed the first point for the USA with a comfortable 5 and 4 victory over Argentina&aposs Angel Cabera and Australia&aposs Marc Leishman. Kuchar excelled in the closing stages of the match with three birdies in the final five holes to set up the easy win. It was not the only crushing victory the USA had with Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner winning 5 and 3 against Branden Grace and Richard Sterne. Australian Jason Day got the International team on the board as he sunk a 20-foot birdie putt to clinch a 1-up victory with Canadian Graham DeLaet over Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker. Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth claimed a narrow 1-up victory over International duo Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge. Japan&aposs Hideki Matsuyama birdied the 18th hole to halve his and Adam Scott&aposs contest against Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Seven birdies from South Africa&aposs Charl Schwartzel helped him and compatriot Louis Oosthuizen win 2 and 1 over American pair Phil Mickleson and Keegan Bradley. The tournament will continue with six foursome matches on Friday.