Presidents Cup 2011: USA Leads Despite Flop by Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker

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Presidents Cup 2011: USA Leads Despite Flop by Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker
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The drama over this had been building since the summer.  Fans had wanted to see Tiger Woods play with Adam Scott and his caddie Steve Williams since his dismissal from Tiger's bag.  

Williams fanned the flames with his boastful demeanor following Scott's first victory with him on at Firestone.  His controversial comments at an awards dinner only heightened the anticipation.  In the end it turned out to be a dud in all factors.

Woods and Williams exchanged friendly handshakes before and after the round.  Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker suffered the worst defeat in Presidents Cup history.  They were finished in the alternate shot match with Scott and K.J. Choi in only 12 holes.

The two combined for an abysmal three over par.  While they were closed out by two consecutive birdies, a stretch of three bogeys in five holes put them five down to end the front nine, and they were essentially out of the match. 

The day could have been much worse for the United States, but it ended up being the only match they would drop.  The United States won three matches and halved two.  They accumulated four points to the International squads two.

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar were down two holes with two to play but rallied to salvage a draw with Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley.  Bill Haas and Nick Watney also salvaged a draw with Geoff Ogilvy and Charl Schwartzel.  They were down two holes with four to play.  These two unlikely rallies gave the United States the two point lead.  Had they lost, the score would be tied at three points.

The United States won their three matches in decisive fashion.  Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk defeated Retief Goosen and Robert Allenby, up four holes with three to play.

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson defeated Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa, up four holes with two to play.  Hunter Mahan and David Toms smoked K.T. Kim and Y.E. Yang, up six holes with five to play.

US Captain Fred Couples will pair Tiger Woods with Dustin Johnson for Day 2 fourball matches.  Steve Stricker will team with Matt Kuchar.  The other pairings remain the same.

International Captain Greg Norman is shaking up his pairs for Day 2.  Adam Scott will play with K.T. Kim.  K.J. Choi is paired with Geoff Ogilvy.  Charl Schwartzel teams with Reteif Goosen.  Y.E. Yang will play with Robert Allenby


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