Presidents Cup Capsules
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Capsules of Saturday’s matches at the Presidents Cup:
Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, International, def. Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler, United States, 3 and 2.
The South African duo not only won their third straight match, they still haven’t had to play the 17th and 18th holes in competition. They were 2 up through three holes, but the Americans hung in there and the match was all square through 10 holes. The International team seized control when Oosthuizen spun a wedge back to 3 feet on No. 14 for birdie and Fowler missed a 10-foot putt. International won the par-5 15th, and closed out the match when Oosthuizen made a 6-foot par on the 16th. It was the only match of the morning in which the Americans never led at any point.
Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes, United States, halved with Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, International.
The Americans had a 2-up lead with six holes to play until Scott stuffed his tee shot on the 13th for a tap-in birdie and the Americans three-putted the 16th, with Watson missing an 8-foot putt. Even so, the Americans appeared to have this won on the par-5 18th when Watson hit the green in two and Leishman’s third shot was 30 feet short. Scott’s birdie attempt went 8 feet by, and Leishman had to make that for a par. The Americans three-putted again when Watson missed a 5-foot birdie putt for the win.
Bill Haas and Matt Kuchar, United States, halved with Bae Sang-moon and Hideki Matsuyama, International.
Neither team led by more than 1 up, and it was all square for much of the back nine until the Americans seemingly took control on the par-3 17th with a solid tee shot from Haas. Matsuyama missed the green, leaving Bae a difficult pitch. Bae’s shot hung up in the collar, and Matsuyama muffed the chip as the Americans went 1 up. Matsuyama hit the green in two on the 18th, about 25 feet right of the cup. Haas went over the green, and Kuchar’s chip didn’t make it to the putting surface. The International won the hole with a two-putt birdie for a halve.
Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, United States, def. Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel, International, 1 up.
Spieth struggled off the tee and making putts on the front nine, and the International team built a 3-up lead at the turn for what seemed to be a certain point. The turning point came at the 14th, when Schwartzel hit a wedge short and into the creek to drop his team’s advantage to 1 up. The International led 1 up with two holes to play when Johnson hit a tee shot to 7 feet and Spieth made the birdie to square the match. And on the 18th from a bunker, Schwartzel barely got his shot off the ground and it stayed in the fairway trap. The International team made bogey. Still, Spieth came up well short with a wedge and Johnson ran his putt 7 feet by the hole. Spieth had to make the par putt for the win, and it was never a doubt.
Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, International, def. J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson, United States, 1 up.
The South Africans became the first International pair to go 4-0 in team matches, and this came down to the wire after the Americans were 3 down through four holes. The match was all square with three to play when Grace chipped in from left of the green on No. 16. Oosthuizen missed a 6-foot birdie putt to end it on the 17th, and the Americans had to win the 18th hole to halve the match. Oosthuizen hit his second shot on the par 5 into the water. Grace hit 3-wood from 263 yards onto the edge of the pin, and when neither American hit the green or holed an eagle chip, Grace putted down to concession range for birdie.
Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson, United States, def. Adam Scott and Anirban Lahiri, International, 3 and 2.
The Americans made three birdies in the opening four holes to seize control, but Johnson three-putted for bogey on No. 9 and Lahiri made a 15-foot birdie on the 10th. Johnson made a 6-footer to halve the hole, and the Americans restored the lead to 2 up when Mickelson saved par on No. 11. The International side failed to birdie the par-5 15th to lose another hole, and the match ended with pars on the 16th.
Bae Sang-moon and Hideki Matsuyama, International, def. Jimmy Walker and Chris Kirk, United States, 6 and 5.
The Americans didn’t stand a chance against perhaps the best performance of fourballs. Bae and Matsuyama combined for nine birdies on the first 11 holes, and then finished with two pars for the shortest match of the week. The Americans managed only three birdies.
Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, United States, def. Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel, International, 3 and 2.
Schwartzel opened with a birdie and the next five holes were halved until Spieth took over. He birdied the next three holes for a 2 up lead, Reed birdied the tough 11th for a 3-up lead and Spieth effectively put them away when he holed a bunker shot on the 12th to go 4 up. The match was dormie in near darkness, but the sides agreed to keep going. Day and Schwartzel each hit wedges to tap-in range to win the 15th, and unable to see the landing area or green on 16, both teams made par to end the match.