US charge halted by bad weather
The United States' bid to continue their stranglehold on the Presidents Cup got off to the ideal start before bad weather intervened.
The home side have dominated the biennial contest against an International side since it started in 1994, winning seven and losing just once, while the 2003 contest ended in a controversial 17-17 tie in South Africa with a play-off between Ernie Els and Tiger Woods halted due to darkness.
And Fred Couples' 12-man team looked determined to celebrate their captain's 54th birthday in style as they led in five of the six fourball matches, with the other all square, before play was suspended due to the threat of lightning at Muirfield Village.
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet had started in superb fashion with a birdie on the first in the opening match, but that would prove to be the only time an International pairing would lead with almost three hours of play gone.
Their opponents Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker hit back to win four of the next five holes with birdies before Day birdied the seventh and eighth to reduce the deficit to a single hole.
Masters champion Adam Scott and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama were also one down to Jay Haas and Webb Simpson, Scott winning the ninth with a birdie to halve his side's deficit.
The best news for Nick Price's side was coming in the third match as major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel had recovered from two down to level their clash with Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.
The American pair won all three of their games together in the Ryder Cup at Medinah - before controversially asking to be rested on Saturday afternoon - and went two up here when Bradley eagled the seventh, but their South African opponents hit back with birdies at the eighth and ninth.
Ernie Els and Brendon De Jonge were one down after six to Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth, while Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman were two down after six to Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar.
In the final match, South Africa pair Richard Sterne and Branden Grace looked in deep trouble as they fell three down after three holes to Zach Johnson and US PGA champion Jason Dufner.