2013 Presidents Cup: Day 2 foursome pairings and predictions

The Internationals will go into Friday’s dreaded foursomes with some confidence.

The International Presidents Cup team haven’t won a foursomes session since 2005 but will head into Friday with an air of confidence following their late fight back on day one that sees them trail the Americans by just one point.

The foursomes (alternate-shot) format has traditionally been scheduled on the opening day of the Presidents Cup which has usually meant the International Team well behind after the opening day. Let’s hope this one day reprieve has allowed the International team to settle their nerves going into Friday’s matches.

Jason Day/Graham DeLaet vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley
Day and DeLaet started nervously on Thursday but finished will all guns firing. They’ll need everything going their way to beat Bradley and Mickelson who will be smarting from their opening day loss.
Our prediction: U.S.

Ernie Els/Brendon de Jonge vs. Hunter Mahan/Bill Haas
No one in this match won their matches on day one. Els and de Jonge finished strongly but it wasn’t enough for victory. Haas was 7-under for his round on Thursday and will be difficult to match if he keeps up that form.
Our prediction: All-square

Branden Grace/Richard Sterne vs. Steve Stricker/Jordan Spieth
Grace and Sterne were completely outclassed on day one by Dufner and Johnson but they weren’t exactly on their game. It is a worry going into this match against the confident old and young, Stricker and Spieth pairing.
Our prediction: U.S.

Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman vs. Webb Simpson/Brandt Snedeker
After facing Woods and Kuchar on Thursday, Leishman and Cabrera will be more settled on Friday. They seem an odd pairing for the alternate-shot format but they could sneak an upset against Snedeker and Simpson who look off their game.
Our prediction: Internationals

Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel vs. Matt Kuchar/Tiger Woods
How much confidence will Louis and Charl bring with them to their match against Kuchar and Woods? I’m not sure any amount of confidence can beat these two.
Our prediction: U.S.

Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama vs. Zach Johnson/Jason Dufner
This is a tough one to predict. Scott and Matsuyama looked great after the rain delay, but Johnson and Dufner looked formidable. If I were to base this on putting, which is essentially was Muirfield Village comes down to, we’ll go with the American pairing. Here’s hoping we’re wrong.
Our prediction: U.S.

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