Tiger Woods at Presidents Cup 2013 Tracker Day 1: Highlights, Updates, Analysis
Tiger Woods/Matt Kuchar def. Angel Cabrera/Marc Leishman, 5&4
Who would have thunk that Tiger Woods could have so much fun playing golf?
Woods, who was paired with Matt Kuchar during Thursday's fourball Presidents Cup matches, broke out an old-school handshake on the first hole after his partner's birdie putt that set the tone for the day.
Playing against the International pairing of Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, the Americans came to life after a brief rain delay halted play at Muirfield Village Golf Club for just over an hour.
Woods and Kuchar combined for four birdies on their final six holes to capture the first point of the competition for the United States.
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I once asked Tiger who he'd like to play him in a movie. He said Will Smith. Today he did he pulled Fresh Prince shake & it worked— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) October 3, 2013
Woods/Kuchar def. Cabrera/Leishman, 5&4
Both Kuchar and Woods hit strong tee shots at the par-four 14th.
If either player can make a birdie on this hole, the pressure would be on the International pairing to make a big putt, which is something that they have not done for most of the day.
Kuchar pours in a "no doubt about it" birdie from off the fringe at 13. Another win, another handshake...US now 5 up with 5 to play.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) October 3, 2013
Woods/Kuchar lead Cabrera/Leishman, 5 Up Thru 13
Kuchar drains his birdie with the utmost confidence and the Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff are now 5 Up.
The pair could close out the match if they win the par-four 14th.
Woods is sitting 18 feet from the hole after his third shot at the 13th hole.
His partner, Kuchar, has a birdie opportunity from 12 feet away at the par-four.
Current International rally not applying to Tiger/Kuchar match. No one has a bigger lead right now than Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) October 3, 2013
At the par-four 13th hole, Woods sends his drive 298 yards into the left rough.
Kuchar sends his tee shot 316 yards and into the right side of the fairway.
The American duo are looking to end this match as soon as possible, which is becoming a larger possibility right now.
Woods/Kuchar lead Cabrera/Leishman, 4 Up Thru 12
Break out the Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff handshake again.
Woods birdies the 12th to extend the American lead once again with six holes to play.
Woods redeems himself after his misery at the 11th with a tee shot that sticks within eight feet of the pin at the 12th hole.
Woods/Kuchar lead Cabrera/Leishman, 3 Up Thru 11
Kuchar and Leishman make their respective birdie putts after both of their teammates found the drink earlier on the hole.
Next up is the par-three 12th hole.
Both Leishman and Kuchar deliver stunning third shots that fall near the pin.
Both players will have a birdie opportunity coming up at the 11th.
At the par-five 11th, Woods punches out from the rough and into the fairway.
His third shot comes up short and rolls into the water.
The pressure is all on Kuchar now, at least for this hole.
With his tee shot on the 11th hole, Woods finds the fairway rough.
Woods & Cabrera only guys to reach green in regulation at 10. Angel misses a shortie for par though, US lead grows to 3 up with 8 to go.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) October 3, 2013
Woods/Kuchar lead Cabrera/Leishman, 3 Up Thru 10
Woods misjudges his birdie and has to settle for par.
Luckily for the Americans. Cabrera pulls his par putt wide of the hole and their advantage is extended to 3 Up.
Only Woods and Cabrera find the green in regulation at the par-four 10th.
Both Kuchar and Leishman find the rough with their second shots.
Both Cabrera and Leishman hit drives of over 300 yards at the 10th hole to set up a few very comfortable approach shots.
So if Tiger is playing the Fresh Prince role, I guess that means Kuchar is DJ Jazzy Jeff. Never really saw that analogy coming.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) October 3, 2013
At the par-four, 481-yard 10th hole, Woods drives his tee shot 282 yards on to the left edge of the fairway.
Tiger misses green short right at 9, but Kuch carries him. Birdie puts the American lead back to 2 up at the turn.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) October 3, 2013
Woods/Kuchar lead Cabrera/Leishman, 2 Up Thru 9
Kuchar's birdie at the ninth hole puts the Americans in the driver's seat in this matchup.
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