The fourth match was all square, momentum on the American side. “Well, it’s not over,” International captain NickPrice said. “We’ve still got a lot of golf to play tomorrow, and I have the utmost confidence in these guys that they can turn those two games around. We don’t want to go into the singles with too much of a deficit.” Since the Presidents Cup began in 1994, no team has ever trailed going into singles and won outright. The Americans were three points behind in 2003 and rallied for that infamous tie in South Africa. “The U.S. has really been unrelenting,” Price said. “They have just played superbly the last three days. Any slip from us and we find ourselves one or two down very quickly.” The final hour was another example of that. Early in the foursomes session, the board was filled with blue International scores on the front nine. SteveStricker and BillHaas warmed up their putters and went from 1 down to a 2-up lead through 10 holes. PhilMickelson and KeeganBradley , who rallied earlier in a fourballs match to win, were 3 down through seven holes when Mickelson made two big putts that led to them squaring the match through 14 holes. LouisOosthuizen and CharlSchwartzel were 3 up over WebbSimpson and BrandtSnedeker through 12 holes.
The United States leads 10 1/2-6 1/2 over the Internationals. There was another weather delay during the morning fourball action, making it the third straight session in which weather has delay play at Muirfield Village. The teams wrapped up Friday’s foursomes session early Saturday before the fourball session could begin. The four matches were split as the Americans kept their 1-point lead over the Internationals. Once fourball action started, Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson cruised to 4 & 3 win over Angel Cabrera and Branden Grace to get the first point of the round. Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson moved to 5-1 as a team as they fought off Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, 2 & 1. Bradley and Mickelson went 3-0 at last year’s Ryder Cup. Jason Day and Graham DeLaet won the only match for the Internationals in this session. They earned a hard-fought, 2-up win over Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth. The United States won the final two matches. Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan held off Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, 2-up.
Despite the current federal government shutdown, the court is scheduled to function normally until at least October 11, the court said on Thursday. Among the 47 cases the court has already agreed to hear, 28 involve or affect business interests, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the main group representing corporate America before the court. The court can be expected to accept about 70 cases per term. In the last term, which ended in June, the Chamber received a favorable outcome in 14 of the 18 cases in which it filed friend-of-the-court briefs, prompting progressive legal groups to renew complaints that the court has become too pro-business. It’s a statistic that concerns Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the largest labor federation in the country. “The Supreme Court we have is the best friend that corporate America has ever had,” he told Reuters in an August interview. It’s a categorization that both the Chamber and lawyers who represent businesses dispute. “There are areas of the law in which business interests prevail, but it isn’t because of any systematic pro-business bias,” said Kannon Shanmugam, a lawyer with the Williams & Connolly law firm. Shanmugam warned against concluding the court has a growing interest in labor issues because, he noted, they all deal with quite separate legal questions. UNION CASES Taken together, the two organized labor cases raise significant questions about union power, Harvard University Law School Professor Benjamin Sachs said. “These are not cases about arcane rules of organizing, rules like where on an employer’s property can a union talk to employees,” he said. “These are cases that go to the heart of the legal regimes that are necessary to enable unionization.” In one of the union cases, Harris v.