Americans remain 1 up at Presidents Cup

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Dublin, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The final four foursomes matches at the Presidents Cup were split on Saturday morning as the United States retained a one-point lead over the International team.

The four matches ended in order with match three going to the United States. Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth, who were 4-up with six holes to go, hung on for a 2 & 1 win over the International pair of Branden Grace and Richard Sterne.

Marc Leishman's approach at the 17th stopped within inches of the hole, and that birdie closed out a 2 & 1 win for him and Angel Cabrera. Webb Simpson's approach at No. 17 landed 18 feet behind the hole, and when fellow American Brandt Snedeker failed to convert, the match was over.

Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar earned their second straight win as they beat Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, 4 & 2.

The final match went the International way. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson were 4-down with five holes to go, but the duo extended Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama to the 17th green. After Johnson's birdie effort at 17 came up just short, Scott chipped to two feet and Matsuyama made the par putt to win the match, 2 & 1.

The United States leads the Internationals, 6 1/2 - 5 1/2.

On Friday, the first two matches were also split. Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson cruised to a 4 & 3 win over Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

The International duo of Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge also grabbed a 4 & 3 win, over Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan.

There was a weather delay on Friday that pushed the completion of the foursomes into Saturday morning. Saturday's fourball play is already underway and more foursomes action is slated for Saturday afternoon, weather permitting.

There is a 40-percent chance of thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, and that percentage increases as the day goes on.

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