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October 5 2013

8:49 AM

Stricker-Spieth (U.S.) def. Grace-Sterne (Int'l) 2 and 1

DUBLIN, Ohio -- The American duo of Steve Stricker and rookie Jordan Spieth held off a rally from Branden Grace and Richard Sterne on Saturday morning to win their Foursomes match 2 and 1 and remain undefeated.

QUICK LOOK

Stricker and his young partner never trailed in this match. After the two teams halved the first two holes, the Americans took a lead they would not relinquish when the Internationals bogeyed No. 3 and Spieth made a 6-footer for birdie at the par-5 fifth. The U.S. gave one back with a three-putt bogey on the next hole but rebuilt the advantage with consecutive birdies at Nos. 7 and 8, one to halve and one to win. Stricker and Spieth made 7-footers for birdie at Nos. 10 and 12, respectively to grab a 4-up advantage. The Internationals got one back before play was suspended by darkness as Grace nailed his approach at No. 13 to 5 inches. Stricker missed a 4-footer to halve the 16th hole on Saturday morning to give the South African duo hope but closed the match out on the next hole with a 7-footer to halve at No. 17.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Name. Steve Stricker: The American veteran surprisingly missed the short putt at No. 16 but he fearlessly bounced back to seal the win. The guidance he has provided to his 20-year-old partner can't be underestimated, either.

BY THE NUMBERS

U.S. Category Int'l
5 Holes won 3
15 Holes led 0
0 Eagles 0
7 Birdies 4
2 Bogeys/worse 1

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