Golf: USA maintain Presidents Cup lead

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The USA held on to their one-point overnight lead on a rainy day at the Presidents Cup in Ohio.

Heavy showers caused play to be suspended at 3:10pm and further downpours in the afternoon saw the matches eventually abandoned for the day due to the course being deemed unplayable.

In the matches that did go all the way, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley continued their strong partnership by beating Jason Day and Graham DeLaet 4&3 but the Internationals closed the gap as Ernie Els and Brendan de Jonge comfortably defeated Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan by the same score.

It means the players will have to come back early on Saturday but the match currently looks nicely balanced, with both teams up in two of the four ties still to be completed.

It promises to be a busy Saturday at Muirfield Village, with not only the foursomes to be completed but hopefully four other fourball clashes to be played and then another batch of foursomes to be played later in the afternoon.

After such a frustrating day on Friday, it is hoped the organisers will be looking to set the course up in an inviting manner to encourage attacking play and Mickelson believes that will only benefit the tournament.

“People want to see birdies,” Mickelson said. “We don’t want to be playing defense. We want to be playing offense. And when you do that, you’re winning holes because of great shots, not because of other’s mistakes. And I think that’s exactly the way it should be in these team events.”

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