Presidents Cup 2011: Comeback Victory Unlikely for International Team

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 19, 2011

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19:  Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team plays his tee shot 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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The final day of the Presidents Cup action will begin today at 6:30 ET with the Americans holding a solid lead over the International team.

The Americans entered day three action with a 7-5 lead. They extended their lead after foursomes and fourball yesterday afternoon.

Now heading into the final day the Americans lead by a score of 13-9.

Today's action will consist of 12 matches of singles play.

The rules of the Presidents Cup state that a team needs a total of at least 17.5 points to win the cup.

In order to win today, the U.S. team needs to win just five of the 12 singles matches. The International team will have to win nine of 12 matches.

If today ends with the International team winning eight matches and the Americans winning four, it means that the event will end in a tie.

Those odds are not looking good for the International team.

Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker all appear to have the advantage in their matchups, which can be seen here, this afternoon.

It really looks like things will be split right down the middle this afternoon in Melbourne, Australia. If that is the case, obviously the International team will not be able to close the gap.

The Americans have dominated thus far in the event. Now all they have to do is close it out.