2013 Presidents Cup
The 2013 Presidents Cup was held October 3–6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb north of Columbus. It was the tenth Presidents Cup competition and the sixth played in the United States.
|Dates||October 3–6, 2013|
|Venue||Muirfield Village Golf Club|
|Location||Dublin, Ohio, U.S.|
|USA wins the Presidents Cup|
The selection of Muirfield as the 2013 tournament site was taken as a tribute to golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course. Nicklaus has said that his involvement as tournament host for the 2013 Presidents Cup "probably will be my last involvement in anything significant in the game of golf". Muirfield was the third U.S. course to host the tournament, and the first course in the world to host Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup, and Solheim Cup international team competitions.
The first day consists of six matches of fourball. The second day consists of six matches of foursomes. The third day consists of five matches of fourball in the morning and five matches of foursomes in the afternoon. On the fourth and final day, twelve singles matches were played. 34 matches were played in all. All fourball and foursomes matches that are all-square after 18 holes will score ½ point for each team. All singles matches that are all-square after 18 holes will continue until a winner is determined. The fourball matches being played first is a change from the previous seven Cups.
Team qualification and selectionEdit
Both teams had 12 players.
United States teamEdit
The United States team featured the top 10 in earnings from September 19, 2011 through September 2, 2013 (the Deutsche Bank Championship), with 2013 earnings weighted double, and two captain's picks. The captain's picks were announced on September 4, 2013.
The final standings were:
The final standings were:
|14||Brendon de Jonge||2.01|
|United States team|
|Fred Couples||54||Non-playing captain|
|Jay Haas||59||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Davis Love III||49||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Nick Price||Zimbabwe||56||Non-playing captain|
|Shigeki Maruyama||Japan||44||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Mark McNulty||Zimbabwe||59||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Tony Johnstone||Zimbabwe||57||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Charl Schwartzel||South Africa||29||3||19||1||5||3–1–1||70.00|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||43||4||23||7||35||17–16–2||51.43|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||30||5||29||0||Rookie|
|Branden Grace||South Africa||25||7||38||0||Rookie|
|Richard Sterne||South Africa||32||9||41||0||Rookie|
|Brendon de Jonge||Zimbabwe||33||14||63||0||Rookie|
- OWGR as of September 29, 2013, the last ranking before the Cup.
- Age as of the start of the Cup on October 3, 2013.
Thursday's fourball matchesEdit
The American team took a one-point lead after the first day of play, winning the final three matches and halving another. Play was delayed for 90 minutes due to rain but all matches were completed.
|Oosthuizen/Schwartzel||2 & 1||Mickelson/Bradley|
|Els/de Jonge||1 up||Stricker/Spieth|
|Cabrera/Leishman||5 & 4||Kuchar/Woods|
|Grace/Sterne||5 & 3||Dufner/Johnson|
Friday's foursomes matchesEdit
A nearly three-hour delay due to severe weather meant that only two of the six matches were completed on Friday. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley defeated Jason Day and Graham DeLaet, 4 and 3, while Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els defeated Hunter Mahan and Bill Hass, 4 and 3. The Americans led 4½ to 3½ at the close of play Friday. Matches resumed early Saturday morning with both sides winning two matches to tie the session at 3–3.
|Day/DeLaet||4 & 3||Mickelson/Bradley|
|Els/de Jonge||4 & 3||Haas/Mahan|
|Grace/Sterne||2 & 1||Stricker/Spieth|
|Cabrera/Leishman||2 & 1||Simpson/Snedeker|
|Oosthuizen/Schwartzel||4 & 2||Kuchar/Woods|
|Scott/Matsuyama||2 & 1||Dufner/Johnson|
|Els/de Jonge||2 & 1||Bradley/Mickelson|
|Cabrera/Grace||4 & 3||Haas/Simpson|
Due to the mornings rain delay, the afternoon foursomes were not completed Saturday. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson defeated Richard Sterne and Marc Leishman, 4 and 3, in the only match completed Saturday. The other four matches were complete through 9 to 13 holes when play was suspended.
The table below reflects the official order. Match 19 (Sterne/Leishman vs Dufner/Johnson) began first, followed by Match 18 (Mickelson/Bradley vs Day/DeLaet), Match 22 (Simpson/Snedeker vs Oosthuizen/Schwartzel), Match 20 (Haas/Stricker vs Scott/Matsuyama), and Match 21 (Woods/Kuchar vs Els/de Jonge).
|Sterne/Leishman||4 & 3||Dufner/Johnson|
|Scott/Matsuyama||4 & 3||Haas/Stricker|
|Els/de Jonge||1 up||Woods/Kuchar|
Sunday's singles matchesEdit
The matches are listed in their official order but the first five matches were actually played in this order: Matsuyama/Mahan, Day/Snedeker, DeLaet/Spieth, Els/Stricker, de Jonge/Dufner.
|Els||1 up||Stricker||7th: 12 - 17|
|Matsuyama||3 & 2||Mahan||2nd: 9 - 15|
|de Jonge||4 & 3||Dufner||3rd: 9 - 16|
|Day||6 & 4||Snedeker||1st: 9 - 14|
|DeLaet||1 up||Spieth||4th: 10 - 16|
|Scott||2 & 1||Haas||6th: 11 - 17|
|Grace||4 & 2||Johnson||5th: 10 - 17|
|Leishman||1 up||Kuchar||8th: 13 - 17|
|Sterne||1 up||Woods||10th: 14 - 18|
|Schwartzel||2 & 1||Bradley||9th: 14 - 17|
|Oosthuizen||halved||Simpson||11th: 14½ - 18½|
|Cabrera||1 up||Mickelson||12th: 15½ - 18½|
Individual player recordsEdit
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
|Brendon de Jonge||2||2–3–0||0–1–0||2–0–0||0–2–0|
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