Another rain delay cut short some exceptional golf Friday in the Presidents Cup in Dublin, Ohio.
The Americans had a 4½-3½ lead, though four foursome matches were still in progress when darkness descended on Muirfield Village.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley shot 6-under 30 on the front nine, an astounding performance in alternate shot. Only some sloppy play allowed the match to go 15 holes in a 4-and-3 win over the International team's Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.
"We played some of our best golf today," Mickelson said. "It just felt terrific."
Right behind them, Brendon de Jonge began to emerge as a star of the International team. He teamed with Ernie Els and they never trailed in a 4-and-3 win over Hunter Mahan and Bill Hass, going 8 under when the match ended at the 15th.
"Brendon played awesome," Els said. "He played great yesterday and even played better today."
For the second straight day, storms interrupted play and left a bleak outlook for finishing Sunday. The other four matches -- the Americans were up in two, the International led the other two -- were to resume Saturday morning.
Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were 6 under through eight holes and still only had a 1-up lead over South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Oosthuizen missed a short par putt on the ninth to lose another hole and made an even greater blunder on the par-3 12th. After Woods went long of the green, Oosthuizen's 7-iron leaked to the right and hopped into the water. The Americans won with a bogey and were 3 up with six holes to play when they stopped.
Steve Stricker and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth seized control of their match when Spieth made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth, and the Texan made another birdie on the 12th. They were 3 up with four holes left.
Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman overcame an early deficit and were 1 up with five holes left against Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker. The International team had control of the other match. Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott were 4 up with seven holes left against Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.
One thing was becoming clear through the relentless appearance of clouds -- the course that Jack Nicklaus built has been groomed for birdies.
"People want to see birdies," Mickelson said. "We don't want to be playing defense. We want to be playing offense."
LPGA Tour: Jessica Korda shot a 5-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead at the Reignwood Classic. Beijing's notorious pollution cast a noxious pall at the Pine Valley course. "It's harder to breathe out there. You cough a lot," said Korda, who was at 14-under 132. China's Feng Shanshan (64) and Stacy Lewis (66) shared second.