The Americans have turned it on as the Saturday Four-ball matches moved to the back nine at Muirfield Village. The USA leads in three of five matches, with one all square, and another led by the International team of Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama. That International duo, amazingly, only needed a par on No. 10 to take a 1-up lead over Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar. Ironically, Kuchar, Woods, and Scott -- three of the top 8 players in the world -- all made bogey on the relatively easy hole and Matsuyama was there to clean up for the International lead. Kuchar's putter has been off today and Woods has carried him so far.
The biggest swing of the day has come in the lead-off match, where Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley have hit a back nine roll for the second straight day. Mickelson and Bradley were 2-down through the first seven holes, but they then won four of six holes to jump ahead by two. It's the kind of quick swing that they pulled on Friday in the leadoff Foursomes match to pick off America's first point yesterday. After a lackluster showing on Thursday, this pair, which was the most dynamic and successful at last year's Ryder Cup, appears to have found their form. They're getting close to closing out an Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge team that was just as dominant on Friday.
Aside from Keegan-Phil, the Wake Forest pair of Bill Haas and Webb Simpson are also on their way to an American point. They are beating up on Branden Grace and Angel Cabrera, who is dealing with some back issues, which were getting worked on by the trainers on the course.
Here's a snapshot of the match board:
|Match Progress||International Pairing||USA Pairing|
|USA 2up thru 13||Ernie Els & Brendon de Jonge||Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley|
|All square thru 12||Jason Day & Graham DeLaet||Steve Stricker & Jordan Spieth|
|USA 3up thru 11||Branden Grace & Angel Cabrera||Webb Simpson & Bill Haas|
|USA 1up thru 10||Louis Oosthuizen & Charl Schwartzel||Hunter Mahan & Brandt Snedeker|
|INTL 1up thru 10||Adam Scott & Hideki Matsuyama||Matt Kuchar & Tiger Woods|