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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.

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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:28 pm
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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:43 pm

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Isn't that what they called Pooh's friend, Tigger. People stop playing the race card. It ran it's course 30 years ago. So if Tiger was caucasian, we would never hear any of this. Keep in mind, tunnel vision thinkers, that Tiger is part African American and part Asian American. So if a person makes an Asian slang it is okay, but not an African slang. And it is perfectly okay to call a Caucasian every slang name under the sun. Wow, let it go folks. Just like saying that Steve Williams made a racial overtone by calling Tiger's butt black. I am pretty sure it's not white. So if had caddied for Phil all these years and made the comment about shoving it up Phil's white a**, nobody would have cared. So who is acting racist now.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:15 pm

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

apparently you dont read the whole thing before stating your stupidity, i clearly stated that people do whats good for their pockets and their friends/associates pockets in this country, not whats best for the country, the same way Couples chose Woods instead of the player who was better all year, Keegan Bradley. Tiger brings better ratings and more money for that but keegan Bradley deserved to play. I mean, how dumb can you be to take that out of my comment, that Couples is the reason for the country's demise. If you would have read 1 more sentence, you would have reached the point, man, another ignorant person jumping on someone without hearing the point. You are an idiot, and should learn how to spell I.Q. before speaking. Go back to your blow up doll and ignorant life and think before speaking or writing next time, it might or might not help you.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:10 pm

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Keep Stricker and Tiger together> neither one should be there right now. Stricker is injured and Tiger's not Tiger. Take the loss each day and if they pull one out great. By splitting them your weakening 2 pairings. Freddie, What were you thinking? Guessing your hand was forced but that only gives you a bad name when you've been so good for this event for so long. Pull it out USA! For Boom Boom sake.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:47 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

 The DESPERATION of the voice in the announcers is hilarious....

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:47 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

they should call me to play, im available, and i could probably do just as good as they did

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:44 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Kinik would have done better than Woods.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:43 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

thought his name was "Tiger"?  Two g's has racial undertones.  You should be more careful with your comments.  You made a valid point.  No need to show racial ignorance.

Stick your head back in the sand no racial tones whatsoever. Do you know what color I am?  <textarea id="text" class="formdef" style="display: none;" name="editbox::text" rows="24" cols="110"></textarea>Rich Text Area Toolbar <!-- IE --> <!-- IE -->Format <!-- IE --> <!-- IE --><iframe id="text_ifr" style="width: 100%; height: 339px;" title="Rich Text Area. Press ALT F10 for toolbar. Press ALT 0 for help." src="javascript:(function(){;document.domain="";var ed = window.parent.tinyMCE.get("text");document.write(ed.iframeHTML);document.close();ed.setupIframe();})()" frameborder="0"></iframe>Path:

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:36 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Karma is a funny/fickle thing, wonder if Woods after gets out from under karma's curse?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:24 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

What exactly does the financial and economic struggles of the United States have to do with Fred Couples picking Tiger Woods as an Alternate for the Presidents Cup?? Your blind ignorance and moronic opinions are more indicative of what is wrong with this country,get a life

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