Presidents Cup: Heavy rain at Muirfield Village stops completion of Friday foursomes
The US maintained their one-point lead as just two matches were completed on a weather-hit Friday at the Presidents Cup.
Last Updated: 05/10/13 2:52pm
Heavy rain caused play to be suspended at 3.09pm local time at Muirfield Village in Ohio and the combination of further downpours and a big clean-up operation kept the two teams off the course for just over two-and-a-half-hours.
With play not resuming until 10.45pm there was only enough daylight for the top two of the six foursomes matches to be finished and each side won one apiece to make the overall score USA 4.5 Internationals 3.5.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley edged the US two points ahead after beating Jason Day and Graham DeLaet 4&3 before the Internationals immediately reduced the gap as Ernie Els and the impressive Brendon de Jonge beat Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan by the same margin.
Mickelson and Bradley, who teamed up to great effect in last year's Ryder Cup, had roared to the turn in just 30 in the alternate shot format after winning four holes in a row from the fifth with a run of eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie. Mickelson even missed a putt for a 29 at nine.
Despite the lengthy interruption, they maintained their momentum when play resumed and won 10, 11 and 12 to go 6up with six to play.
Bradley missed a short putt at 13 to close out the match and the Internationals also won 14 to stay alive but a birdie at 15 gave the US duo a 4&3 victory.
Wildcard pick de Jonge continued his hot form from Thursday as he and Els played their 15 holes in eight-under to defeat Haas and Mahan. They'd taken the lead at the second hole and never looked back.
To be completed
Four matches will have to be completed on Saturday, with both teams up in two.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar, who also went to the turn in 30, are 3up on South African pair Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen after 12 while Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth are 3up on Branden Grace and Richard Sterne after 14.
But there is better news for the Internationals in the other two matches.
Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman are 1up on Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker after 13 while, in the bottom match, Masters champion Adam Scott and Japanese youngster Hideki Matsuyama hold a healthy 4up lead on US PGA champion Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson after 11.
Play will resume at 7.35am local time (12.35pm BST) on what promises to be a marathon Saturday with the four remaining foursomes matches to be finished first of all. Then, weather permitting, there will be five fourball matches and five further foursomes matches later on.