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The International Squad was the clear underdog in the tournament. Some of the highest-ranked players had very poor results. Jason Day, Adam Scott and Aaron Baddeley all had losing records.
The top performers were Charl Schwartzel and Geoff Ogilvy, both posting three wins, one loss and a draw. K.J. Choi and Retief Goosen posted three wins and two losses.
Robert Allenby had an awful tournament, failing to win or draw any match. Ernie Els had four losses to only one win. Y.E. Yang lost three matches with one win.
K.T. Kim and Ryo Ishikawa surprised by each winning two matches along with two losses.
The International Team was hurt by their performance in the alternate shot matches. They gained three points to the USA's eight. In four-ball and singles, they actually beat the Americans, 12-11. The poor efforts by top level players all but guaranteed a loss.
As for Greg Norman's performance as team captain, Robert Allenby was clearly a mistake, but the alternatives did not have super resumes. I don't think his parings were bad; his top guys just didn't come through. He didn't do a great job, but don't blame him for the loss.