Bae Sang-moon made a pressure-packed 12-foot putt on the final hole for a fourballs victory Friday, giving the Internationals a victory that pulled them within a point of the Americans after two days of Presidents Cup play in Incheon, South Korea.
Bae teamed with Danny Lee for a 1-up victory over Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. Next up is a double session Saturday of eight matches that will shape the final round.
"That putt Sang-moon made on No. 18 today was probably the highlight of the last two days for us," International captain Nick Price said.
Price had other reasons to cheer.
Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace made three big putts around the turn and sailed to a 4-and-3 win over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, while Charl Schwartzel and Thongchai Jaidee had little trouble against an American team of Chris Kirk and Bill Haas that went 13 holes of nothing better than par.
The Americans, up 4-1 after the opening session, had their lead cut to 5-4.
The U.S. lead might have been larger if Phil Mickelson had known the rules. A penalty that baffled even the captains — the match went from all square to 2 up in one hole — began when Mickelson was not aware he had to play the same model of ball the entire match. He switched to a harder ball on No. 7 and after he played asked captain Jay Haas if the change was OK. It wasn't, and the penalty is known as a one-hole adjustment, in which the Internationals were granted a hole win.
But play on the hole involved was supposed to continue for all, even Mickelson. Instead, the rules committee told him he was out of the hole, and when he picked up his ball it cost the U.S. the hole.
"It's my responsibility to know that," Mickelson said of the rule. "I should have at least asked about it before I teed off."
Langer leads Champions
•Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.
U tops Maryland
The No. 11-ranked Gophers defeated Maryland 25-23, 25-16, 25-19 on Friday night in Big Ten volleyball in College Park, Md.
Daly Santana had 14 kills to lead Minnesota (12-3, 4-1). The senior outside hitter hit .370 and had a team-high eight digs, while junior middle blocker Paige Tapp hit .400 with seven kills and provided two aces.
Freshman Samantha Seliger-Swenson had 28 assists.
Minnesota hit .286 while Maryland (10-9, 0-5) hit .122.
UEFA defies FIFA
Still defiant, UEFA is standing by its man. Although Michel Platini was handed a 90-day suspension by FIFA, the home page of UEFA's website Friday still showed him as president.
"This is because the UEFA executive committee is aware that the UEFA president will immediately take all necessary steps to appeal the decision of the FIFA ethics committee to clear his name," European soccer's governing body said in a statement.
Jury backs Sefolosha
Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted of charges stemming from a struggle with police outside a New York City nightclub that left him with a broken leg.
A Manhattan jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Sefolosha not guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Testimony the jurors heard indicated that Sefolosha was giving money to a beggar when he was tackled and injured.
"They were on the side of truth and justice today," Sefolosha said.
Utah's Booker suspended
Utah forward Trevor Booker was suspended for the first game of the regular season for striking Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert with an open hand to the head Tuesday.
AROUND THE HORN
Obituary: Dave Meyers, the forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship, died Friday in Temecula, Calif. He was 62. He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.
Auto racing: Austin Dillon coasted to an Xfinity Series victory at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, completing a season sweep at the track.
Tennis: Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 27 matches at the China Open in Beijing with a 6-2, 6-2 win over John Isner.