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Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:59 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 2:22 am
 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Before the matches started, as a means of underscoring the comparative lateness of the hour here in the States, it was noted that if Tiger Woods’ foursomes opener at the Presidents Cup went all 18 holes, it would end sometime around 2 a.m., ET.

Not to worry.

Adam Scott and K.J. Choi sent American fans to bed far earlier than anticipated.

With the worst beating of his career in international play, the former world No. 1 and partner Steve Stricker were buried in 12 holes, suffering a 7-and-6 loss in alternate shot on Thursday at Royal Melbourne.

It matched the worst beating in the history of the Presidents Cup and marked the lone loss on day one by the American side, which jumped to a 4-2 lead.

Even the analysts on the Golf Channel called their play “terrible,” and that was being generous.

Stricker and Woods were 4-0 as a team at the last Presidents Cup matches in 2009, but given the particulars of the present, that likely wasn’t going to happen again this year. Woods hasn’t won in over two years and Stricker hadn’t played in two months because of bulging disc in his neck.

“Unfortunately, they got off to a quick start and we couldn’t keep up,” Woods said.

The Dream Team was pounded across the board. Stricker and Woods were 3 over for 12 holes, didn't win a hole and couldn’t muster a single birdie. Meanwhile, Scott and Choi were solid, and ended the match when the South Korean rolled in a 10-footer. The International team was 3 under over the same stretch.

“The other guys obviously didn’t play their best,” Scott said, charitably.

There were no vestiges of the recent verbal tiff between Woods and Scott’s caddie, Steve Williams, who worked for 13 years for Woods before being fired over the summer. The pairing, the final foursomes match off the tee during the opening day, drew a huge strong, perhaps half the crowd estimated at 25,000 for the day.

If they came to watch an ugly upset, they got one.

Not to put words in his mouth, but somethere, based on his publicly known proclivity for bluntness, Williams is probably calling this one an "arse-whipping."

“It seemed like we were always just a little bit off,” Stricker said.

Since the event began in 1994, the only other time a match went 12 holes was when South Africa’s David Frost beat American Kenny Perry by the same score in 1996.

Have they lost the magic? After a solid start as partners at the Ryder Cup last year, Stricker and Woods lost their last match, 6-and-5, which represented Woods' worst Ryder defeat ever.

Not surprisingly, Woods will be paired with Dustin Johnson in Friday's best-ball format, against Aussies Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley.

Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

You obviously do not watch alot of sports.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

check last years results on tiger woods, he deserves nothing right now, he doesnt deserve to play for usa after that season, there were better golfers this year. Theres no argument, its over money and ratings, not his play.



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Then Keegan Bradley should have won over 13 majors and been atop the money list for the last 13 years.....

You mean the othr 11 were better than keegan and Tiger is the onlyone out of the 12 who has been the number one player for over 10 years.... 

Try again 



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

We can criticize Woods & Stricker for playing bad golf. We can criticize Couples for bad picks. The one thing we forget in all of this, Scott and Choi played pretty good golf. Four under through 12 holes is not too shabby. Scott & Choi as compared to the other American teams through 12 holes the Americans would be: Watson - Simpson, all square. Haas - Watney, 2 down. Johnson - Kutcher, 4 down. Mickelson - Furyk, all square. Mahan - Toms, 1 down. Just saying, give some credit to where credit is due ........ Stevie Williams for directing such a sound thrashing of his former boss ..... NOT!



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

He's have to win out for that to happen, I hope you're right, but yesterday was more of what I thought we would get, the selection was made based on money and tv  ratings, not on earning that spot. Keegan Bradley deserved this opportunity.




Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Woods & Stricker both played mediocre golf at best. Neither one should be on the team because of obvious reasons. Bradley and another American should be in their place. Their not, so let's get over it. The good part: the Americans are up 4-2 and two of the American teams made great comebacks to get their matches to all square. It's just the first day but I think Freddie needs a little slack. Afterall, the American team is the underdog and not expected to win. I know it's early but I like the trend so far. I only wish the golf channel or NBC had decided to stream some or all of the contest online. Afterall, it is primetime here and it would have opened up the world to easy access.

I suspect we'll see better play out of Tiger given his last weeks game but I'm not so sure about Stricker. A neck injury, if not bothering him physically, will have some mental affect. Let's hope both can greatly improve for the remaining contests. USA! USA! USA!



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Before the Presidents cup is over Tiger will have his points and Couples will be a genius
Kirk...you're correct about golf as well! 



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Big surprise. Meaning the opposite.

Tiger Woods has no business being in this event, and he is merely showing that.

I was always a big fan of Fred Couples, but shame on him for caring more for ratings and press than for who deserves to be there.

Keegan Bradley should be there. He has won a major within the last 2 years. Tiger has not won a single tournament.



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Scoreboard World 4-2 we still own you!



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Before the Presidents cup is over Tiger will have his points and Couples will be a genius.


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