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October 4, 2013

Americans hang on to take lead in Presidents Cup

Lead 3 1/2-2 1/2 after the first day

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That wasn’t the only highlight.
Scott chipped in for eagle on the 15th hole and Matsuyama holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the next hole to square their match against Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Haas answered with an 18-foot birdie putt to go 1 up, only for the 21-year-old Japanese star to hit his 8-iron approach from 168 yards to 2 feet for birdie on the 18th to halve the match.
“There were so many birdies made, you really couldn’t keep up,” Couples said.
As for that squirrel?
Love found it on the second hole and kept it with him for good luck the rest of the way. It was on his wrist, in his pocket, and quickly became the team mascot. At one point, Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn put it on Woods’ back. It spooked her boyfriend, who at first looked bothered, but later became friends with Sammy.
“I carry a rabbit’s foot around a lot. I don’t know much about a squirrel, or a live squirrel,” Couples said.
The International team had its own mascot — Mother Nature.
The Americans bolted out to a big start and were ahead in all six matches early. The round was stopped for 1 1/2 hours because of thunderstorms, and while none of the matches had gone beyond the 10th hole, it felt like a chance for the Internationals to start over.
“The break did us really good,” Oosthuizen said. “We came back out, felt refreshed and just played well.”
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet rallied from 3 down to Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker, winning on the 18th hole when Day made a 20-foot birdie putt. 
Oosthuizen and Schwartzel gave Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson their first loss. The South Africans, best of friends since junior golf, took their first lead on the 11th hole and didn’t lose another hole until they had a 2-and-1 win. Mickelson and Bradley were 3-0 as partners in the Ryder Cup last year and had a 2-up lead through seven holes on Bradley’s eagle. They didn’t win another hole the rest of the way, however.

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