Golf Capsules

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • Associated Press
  • October 5, 2013 - 7:05 PM

DUBLIN, Ohio — The Americans are assured of being in the lead going into the final round of the rain-plagued Presidents Cup.

Zach Johnson holed out from the 15th fairway for eagle to complete a swift turnaround in foursomes and give the Americans yet another point toward winning the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time.

Johnson and Jason Dufner won six of eight holes to go from 2 down to a 4-and-3 win over Richard Sterne and Marc Leishman. That was the only foursomes match that finished before it became too dark to play Saturday at Muirfield Village.

Another rain delay kept the matches from finishing for the second straight day, this time because of the work needed to drain the saturated golf course. The four matches were to resume Sunday morning, followed by an early start to the 12 singles matches because of more rain in the forecast.

The win by Johnson and Dufner gave the Americans an 11½-6½ lead, meaning they were assured at least a one-point lead going into singles.

Early in the foursomes session, the board was filled with blue International scores on the front nine. Steve Stricker and Bill Haas warmed up their putters and went from 1 down to a 2-up lead through 10 holes. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, who rallied earlier in a fourballs match to win, were 3 down through seven holes when Mickelson made two big putts that led to them squaring the match through 14 holes.

Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar, undefeated in all three matches they have played this week, were 2 down against Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge through nine holes. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel were 3 up over Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker through 12 holes.


BEIJING (AP) — Chinese star Shanshan Feng shot a 9-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over American Stacy Lewis after the third round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic.

Shrouded in the Chinese capital's notorious smog, Feng had nine birdies in a bogey-free round to reach 21-under 198, boosting the chances of a home winner in the first LPGA Tour event played in the country. Feng won the LPGA Championship last year to become China's first major champion.

Lewis, a three-time winner this year, had a 65. Top-ranked Inbee Park, a six-time winner this season, was five strokes back at 16 under after a 66.


SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France (AP) — Paul Casey and David Lynn beat Miguel Angel Jimenez and Matteo Manassero 1 up in the final foursomes match in the Seve Trophy to give Britain and Ireland a 9-9 tie with Continental Europe entering singles play Sunday.

The teams of Paul Lawrie-Stephen Gallacher and Jamie Donaldson-Marc Warren also won matches in the afternoon session for Britain and Ireland. Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy won for Continental Europe.

In the morning foursomes, Chris Wood and Scott Jamieson won their match for Britian and Ireland, and Lawrie and Gallacher halved with Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Luiten and Bourdy, and Jimenez and Manassero won matches for Continental Europe.

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