Americans lead Presidents Cup after first day
Steve Stricker blasted out of a plugged lie in the bunker to three feet to save par as he and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth hung on for a 1-up win over Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge that gave the Americans a 31/2-to-21/2 lead at Muirfield Village.
It was the fourth consecutive time in the Presidents Cup that the Americans led after the opening session.
The order was changed to start with four-balls, and not even that helped the International team. It lost a four-balls session for the first time in 10 years.
Assistant U.S. captain Davis Love III found a pet squirrel small enough to fit into his pocket, and Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn gave Tiger Woods a brief scare when she put the squirrel on his back.
U.S. captain Fred Couples didn't know what to make of the squirrel, named "Sammy" by Stricker's wife, Nicki.
"I carry a rabbit's foot around," he said. "I don't know about a live squirrel."
The Americans were ahead in five matches when thunderstorms stopped play for 11/2 hours.
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet then rallied from 3 down to Americans Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker, winning on the 18th hole. Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama battled from 2 down to Bill Haas and Webb Simpson with five holes to play to earn a halve.
Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman lost the shortest match of the day, 5 and 4, to Woods and Matt Kuchar.
Americans Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson won the anchor match.
The tournament resumes Friday with six foursomes matches.
LPGA TourBEIJING - American Jessica Korda and South Korean Na Yeon Choi shot 9-under-par 64s to share a 4-stroke lead after the first round of the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic at Pine Valley Golf Club in Beijing.
European TourSAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France - Continental Europe made a solid start in the Seve Trophy with a two-point lead against Britain & Ireland after the opening-day four-balls.