Presidents Cup 2011: Results, Reaction and Analysis

Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 19, 2011

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19:  International Team captain Greg Norman shakes hands with U.S. Team captain's assistant John Cook after 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 ninth Presidents Cup has come to an end, with the Americans clinching their fourth win in a row culminating with Tiger Woods' four-and-three victory over Aaron Baddeley on Sunday. Final Score: Team USA 19, International Team 15

The American team led the International team 13-9 through the first four sessions. Team USA has now beaten the International squad seven times, lost one and tied one. This week was potentially a good omen for the International team, as the host course, Royal Melbourne Golf Club, was the site of the only International win, which came in 1998.

Unfortunately for Greg Norman and his team, it didn't work out that way. The Americans battled through poor performances for the top names on the squad, notably Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, but entered the final day with a commanding 13-9 lead, needing 17.5 points to keep the Presidents Cup.

Woods' win put the US team at 18 points and, in turn, the Presidents Cup back in the Yanks' possession.

Jim Furyk was the top player for the American squad, going 4-0 through team play and topping Ernie Els in singles play on Sunday. The first three sessions, he was partnered with Phil Mickelson. They beat Retief Goosen and Robert Allenby 4 and 3 in foursomes, Adam Scott and K.T. Kim 2 and 1 in four-ball and Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day 2 and 1 in foursomes.

Mickelson was rested on Saturday afternoon and Furyk was paired with Nick Watney in four-ball play. The American duo survived a tough contest in the final match of the day, beating Adam Scott and Ernie Els 1 up. 

Woods lost his opening session in definitive fashion, as he and Steve Stricker fell 7 and 6 to the International duo of Adam Scott and K.J. Choi.

After that, American captain Fred Couples paired Woods with Johnson for the remaining three sessions. The American duo struggled, notably with the putter, en route to a 1-2 record.

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