Undefeated Tiger sparks US to Presidents Cup lead
By Jim Slater ,AFPCOLUMBUS -- Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar won twice Saturday to stay unbeaten as the United States seized a 11 1/2-6 1/2 lead over the Internationals at the storm-hit Presidents Cup.
October 7, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Top-ranked Woods and Kuchar edged Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Australian Adam Scott 1-up in four-ball to stand 3-0 in the golf showdown at soggy Muirfield Village.
The Americans, who went 4-1 Saturday in four-ball and 2-2 in foursome matches interrupted by a Friday storm, need only six of 16 points available Sunday to win the trophy for the fifth time in a row and go 8-1-1 in the rivalry.
“It's not over,” Internationals captain Nick Price said. “We've still got a lot of golf to play.”
Woods, a 14-time major winner who took five titles and the Player of the Year award this season, has a record 23 Presidents Cup match wins but is fatigued.
“Tiger is honestly beat up. But Tiger is playing his tail off,” U.S. captain Fred Couples said. “He's a little sore and a little battered and this course, the ball is not rolling, it's playing much harder and much longer so it's tougher on everybody.”
Heavy rain drenched the course for a third day in a row, pushing the end of four foursomes matches to Sunday with 12 concluding singles matches moved to Sunday morning to try and escape expected afternoon storms.
In the only afternoon foursome match to finish, Jason Dufner eagled the par-5 15th for a 4 and 3 victory for him and Zach Johnson over Australian Marc Leishman and South Africa's Richard Sterne. Two down after seven, they won six of the last eight holes.
“What turned it around was ... Duf-daddy got the radar locked on three or four shots,” Johnson said.
The Internationals led in two suspended matches and the U.S. team in one with the other level as darkness fell.
“We've still got our work cut out for us,” Couples said.
The Internationals need 11 wins in 16 matches to win.