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Presidents Cup 2011: US to Triumph Despite Tiger Woods' Lackluster Performance

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19:  Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team reacts to a missed putt on the 14th hole 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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Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 21, 2016

Through Saturday, the United States leads the International team 13-9 at the 2011 Presidents Cup, which is a lead big enough that the US will maintain it through Sunday for the win.

On Sunday, all golfers involved will participate in Sunday Singles, which pits each individual in head-to-head action with a member from the opposition. Despite Tiger Woods’ 1-3 performance thus far, the Americans look to have a stronger team that will power through to the title.

At 10:30 a.m. in Melbourne, the golfers will begin teeing off with 12-minute delays between each individual battle. The team of Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk is undefeated thus far, and Mickelson has already collected a win against his opponent on Sunday—Adam Scott.

The unique nature of match-play gives the advantage to the golfers who thrive under the pressure. Despite his struggles in stroke-play, Woods went 5-0 in a 19.5-14.5 win for the U.S. in 2009.

The most emotional, in-the-moment golfers are favored to win at the Presidents Cup—that is, if they get ahead early. The U.S. has won this tournament the last three times. The Americans also have only one loss in the competition’s history.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19:  Hunter Mahan of the U.S. Team celebrates making a putt to win the match during the Day Three Afternoon Four-Ball Matches of the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 19, 2011 in Melbourne, Aust
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For Woods, he’s still not playing the golf people have come to expect him to, but it’s on the horizon. In golf especially, all it takes is one win to pump the confidence back into a player. With the personal issues behind him and some support behind him, Woods will win his match on Sunday against Aaron Baddeley.

Michael Warner of the Herald Sun quoted commentator Jack Newton, who attests to the progression of Woods throughout the weekend.

"I don't think he (Tiger) is far away. And with all of his other issues, I think his head is starting to come good."

The U.S. only needs to win five of 12 matches on Sunday to secure the victory.

Even if Woods can’t close the deal, the Americans will secure five victories throughout the course of the day for the triumph.

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