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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.


Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:18 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Ahhhh  Freddy, you just had to take Tiger on reputation even though he has done nothing to deserve this in the past 2yrs. The question is...was Couples forced by powers that be to put Woods on the teams just for publicity?

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:36 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Fred Couples is a moron, no matter what happens, he took from someone more deserving, Keegan Bradley, to promote ratings. He didnt do whats best for the USA, which unfortunately why our country is a mess. There are too many people doing whats best for their pockets and pockets of their friends, and not doing whats right. Freddy Couples, dont walk by me EVER, you're not a true American and you will be limping back if you do, piece of garbage.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:09 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Stricker was terrible. But so was Tiger. His game needs a lot of work. He wouldn't have made the cut at any tournament had he been in one. It wasn't even PGA type golf.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:03 am

No holes for Tiger.................

Of any kind. Bet he wishes it was the old days.............

Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:58 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Hey, Race Police...Tigger was a character on Winnie the Pooh. Maybe you should attend "over sensitivity training."

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:41 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

This is too funny.  Was talking to my partner last night and commented that it would be funny if all the Americans won except for Woods.  It would be real poetic justice.  At that time it was tied up at 3.  So, with the other 2 groups rallying for ties, that's pretty much what happened. 

I guess Tiger is pretty lost without his daddy yelling at him to straighten himself out. Unless he finds a new daddy, he may have already won his last tournament.

I do believe that the lesson here is that if the team captain feels compelled to pick someone because of name recognition, go ahead and pick the best.  Freddy should have selected Jack.  Jack was a better golfer and he learned from his mistakes and became a super ambassador for the game.  And all that without messing around.  Imagine that!  The comparison is similar to Knight and Coach K.  Knight was a jerk.  Although K learned from Knight, he didn't adopt the bad stuff.  Thus, he turned out to be far and away the better coach that people actually wanted to play for.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:37 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

The President's Cup is not about the USA winning. There are NO 'theys'.  It's all about Eldrick.  If the USA wins despite Eldrick...ho hum. If the USA loses....not his fault.  In order to get excited about any event, the press needs Woods to play well and be the difference.  Look into the man's eyes and body language.  He seems to have lost his passion (swagger) and desire.  No Jedi Mind Trick can 'will' him to prominence again.  Another 2011 "Dream Team" nightmare.  Freddy is going look very bad after this is all over.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:36 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Actually I didn't think Woods played that badly. He wasn't spraying shots all over the course and his putting was half decent. Stricker on the other hand, was terrible. Whether it's the injury, or simply not playing for a month, he looked rusty. He was poor in every department, driving, approach, chipping, and putting. He looked like an 80-year-old man out there. And of course Woods is having to play with what Stricker has left him. Not saying Woods was 100% or anything (which I would say Scott was), but Stricker is the big question mark now, not Woods. Get Woods away from the true weakest link, and I predict he'll do much better the rest of the torunament.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:12 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

I would hope that he wins the matches but with his play of the last 2 years he should not have been chosen for the team. 
They won the ryder cup without Tiger Woods I think we would have been just fine without him.

Folks should get to go to these events on their play. Not name.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:48 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

7 AND 6!!! BWA-HA-HA-HA.  ROTFLMAO!!!  Fred Couples is the biggest dope this side of Kelly Tilghman.  I kinda feel sorry for Steve Stricker who obvioulsy would rather be back home resting his back and watching Badger football.

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