DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — A superb shot from Phil Mickelson. A South African that was painful to teach. That was all it took Sunday morning for the Americans to put themselves on the verge of another romp in the Presidents Cup.
Mickelson hit 7-iron around a tree and onto the 18th green that gave the Americans a shot at birdie that Keegan Bradley made for a half-point in a foursomes match the U.S. team once trailed by three holes. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, a lone bright spot for the Internationals, blew a 3-up lead with six holes to play with three bogeys and a double bogey.
The Americans, who trailed in every match at one point early in the session, wound up taking the rain-delayed foursomes 3-1-1. That pushed their lead to 14-8 over the International team going into 12 singles matches.
"They have still got a lot of fight in them," International captain Nick Price said. "But this is a pretty tall order. And I just hope the golfing gods are on our side this afternoon."
The Americans needed only 3½ points to win the cup outright for the eighth time in 10 tries.
And if this event wasn't already a mess with all the rain delays, captains Fred Couples and Price didn't do the audience at Muirfield Village or watching on television any favors with the singles line-up. The captains match players one at a time, which over the years has led to star pairings.
This year, Tiger Woods faces Richard Sterne.
The Americans not only have won the last four times outright, the most recent three Presidents Cups have not been close. This one has been no exception. The Internationals failed to win any of the team sessions, and this is the fourth straight time they have faced at least a three-point deficit.
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