Men's Golf

Presidents Cup 2011: International Team Will Need Miracle to Rebound After Day 3

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19:  Dustin Johnson of the U.S. Team and Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team walk during the Day Three Afternoon Four-Ball Matches of the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 19, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 19, 2011

The fat lady hasn't sung, but she is already warming up after Day 3 of the 2011 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

The Americans entered the third day with a 7-5 lead over the International team. It took them very little time to build off of that lead.

Heading into the day, Tiger Woods was the only Americans who had really been struggling on the course. He had failed to make a point over the course of the first two days.

Woods, with Dustin Johnson, finally got that point early on Saturday.

The wet conditions really didn't affect any of the Americans early Saturday. Despite the conditions, the Americans rolled in the foursomes session on Saturday taking a commanding 11-6 lead.

It was a lead so commanding in fact, that Phil Mickelson got the nod to sit out the second half of the day despite being undefeated so far in the event.

It ended a streak of 32 consecutive matches played by Mickelson at the Presidents Cup.

After only the first session on Saturday, it appeared that the International team was already losing grasp at a possible win. They needed to rebound strong in the second session.

They did rebound, but really failed to make up any real ground. They won the second session 3-2 over the American team, but that only brings the overall score to 13-9.

That means they will need to win today 8-4 just to tie the score up.

It's really not looking good for the International team heading into Day 4.

Today will consist of 12 singles matches for each team. The International team has a bit of ground to make up, but anything is still possible.

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