The second session of the Presidents Cup may not have finished, but both the American and International captains were set to announce the pairings and order for session three ... until a late audible was made.
The Friday set of six Foursomes matches could not finish before darkness, thanks to another lengthy rain delay. There are still four matches that need to finish, the last one is just through 11 holes. With those four points from session two still up for grabs, play will resume at Muirfield Village at 7:35 a.m. ET. Here's where those unresolved matches from Friday stand:
|Match Progress||International Pairing||USA Pairing|
|USA wins, 4&3||Jason Day & Graham DeLaet||Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley|
|INTL wins, 4&3||Ernie Els & Brendon de Jonge||Hunter Mahan & Bill Haas|
|USA 3up thru 14||Branden Grace & Richard Sterne||Steve Stricker & Jordan Spieth|
|INTL 1up thru 13||Angel Cabrera & Marc Leishman||Webb Simpson & Brandt Snedeker|
|USA 3up thru 12||Louis Oosthuizen & Charl Schwartzel||Matt Kuchar & Tiger Woods|
|INTL 4up thru 11||Adam Scott & Hideki Matsuyama||Jason Dufner & Zach Johnson|
Those four remaining Foursomes will resume at 7:35 a.m., and then there will be an hour break before the Saturday Four-ball tees off.
There are 36 holes on the schedule for Saturday -- one session of five Four-ball matches and one afternoon session of five Foursomes matches.
Saturday is the first opportunity the captains had to leave two players on the bunch, with only 10 of 12 players on each side in action Saturday. The Captains were supposed to announce their five pairings and order for the morning Four-ball matches on Friday night, but then there was a sudden change:
Get your pairings sheets ready. Captains will be setting tomorrow's Four-Ball matches in a few… http://t.co/we0MrhTTke— The Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) October 4, 2013
And then moments later:
[UPDATE] Captains will not do Four-Ball draw tonight. After Captain meeting, determined best interest of competition to pair tomorrow, 8am.— The Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) October 5, 2013
Jason Sobel of Golf Channel summed up the change pretty well:
So true "@JasonSobelGC: captains were to make pairings for next session tonight. Now they won't. Has a make-it-up-as-we-go-along feel to it"— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) October 5, 2013
The captains obviously want to see how some of the players finish in the morning before setting the pairings and deciding which two guys to sit. But it was still an odd moment. See you at 7:35 a.m.