The Presidents Cup. America May Be Closed For Business, But Its Open For Golf. October 03 2013

The President may have closed America for business, but it is open for golf, with the opening round of The Presidents Cup taking place at Muirfield Village Golf Club, in Dublin, Ohio. Jordan Spieth & Steve Stricker / Getty Images Before the rain delay the American Team took control of The Presidents Cup, being up in five matches and square in the other. Play was suspended due to a dangerous weather situation, lightning and rain. Strangely,  the 90-minute delay worked in favor of the International Team, which before today hadn't lost a Four-Ball session since 2003. Steve Stricker, playing with Jordan Spieth, made a fantastic up and down from the greenside bunker on the  18th hole, to secure a one point advantage at the conclusion of play on Day 1. They defeated Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge.  Team U.S.A leading The Presidents Cup by 3 ½ points to 2½ points. American Captain Fred Couples was delighted with the one point advantage, saying he could not have been happier for Steve to get that last important point; " We rocked and rolled early, our guys came out firing. The rain delay obviously helped the International Team, which is fine. I couldn't be happier for Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth getting that last point." The International Team Captain, Nick Price, praised his squad for the way they fought their way back into the contest; "I think my team made a great effort there coming back." Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar drew first blood for the American Team, as they beat Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman by a very decisive 5 and 4 margin. There had been some speculation about the pairing of Angel, who does not speak too much English, and Rookie Marc, who would probably have benefited better playing with someone who could speak to him and guide him through his first Presidents Cup round. Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen pulled off the big upset for the International Team as they took down Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1. Muirfield Village Golf Club member Jason Day and Graham DeLaet, another International Rookie, came back from a 3 down deficit to beat Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker 1 up. Hideki Matsuyama  made a conceded birdie on the 18th hole to enable him and Adam Scott to halve their match with Webb Simpson and Bill Hass. Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner raced into the lead, winning the first three holes in their match against Richard Sterne and Brandon Grace and they never looked back, beating the International Team 5 and 3.