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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: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:26 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Tiger will get his share of points.  Even if he doesn't, his presence takes a lot of pressure off of the rest of the team.  The media will follow Tiger around and the haters will blame Tiger and Freddie if the team loses.  We'll also see if Scott has a letdown when he is playing someone else due to having a less-enthusiastic caddy.  Choi won't have a letdown because he doesn't ever seem to care where he is or who he is playing; he just shows up and plays very good golf more often than not.
Woods and Stricker have a bit of competitive "rust" to shake off.  Alternate shot isn't really the best place to do that.  Maybe Freddie should have matched both with players who have similar games.  It didn't hurt Scott and Choi, though, so maybe it didn't make much difference.  Anyway, the 4-2 lead is a good thing. 


Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:20 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

I 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.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:17 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

This is a test to see if my posts are rated on content or on the number of words I use. Seriously the people who rate my posts are driving me crazy. I went from a 97 to a 79 because a bunch of little kids feel like being contrarian. I mean obviously this site is trash and Freeman, Judge, DOYEL et al are a bunch of internet HACKS but still, I'm online so I use it. The fantasy scoring is archaic and the presence of other sports besides the big 3 is nominal at best. Has CBS ever heard of the NHL? As for Tiger Woods who still ahsn't felt enough heat for bringing the real and very possible fear of AIDS to his family lost again. Bif deal with the Elling articles and the Tiger Woods garbage. How is that Tiger Woods Foundation doing? About as good as the current Presidency I imagine. Anyway let's see if this gets any kind of a rating or do I really have to get dirty? FU Tiger and Stricker. You "move the needle" NOWHERE.

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:11 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Now you are just hating on members of the United States team just for ratings, Elling. Proof that your article is really one-sided hate is that you subtlety pass over the fact that Tiger had the best record in the 2009 Ryder Cup at 3-1, during the height of his troubles. But you only mention the one loss. The TEAM did very well today, but you focus mostly on one match. Way to do your part in firing up the haters rooting for Woods to do poorly, therefore rooting for our national team to do poorly. Couples is a genius. He puts a pair together to distract, while the others clean house. Stricker hasn't played in months because of a neck injury and Woods is paired with his racist ex-caddie. He pulled the crowd out of the rest of the matches which let the Americans do work! Good call Freddie. Anyone want to guess what Tiger will do in the rest of his matches?  

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:27 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

For a major network CBS golf coverage is appalling. It's The Masters and Tiger. That's it. Go here

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:07 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

How about an article about the rest of the matches?  So what they lost what else happened?  Thanks Eiling for your typical obsession, Stricker looked really bad but lets focus on tiger.  this is a team format now who won the 4 points?????

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:00 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Stick to football genius.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:58 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Keegan Bradley should have been playing. I hope you are happy Couples. I was always a Fred Couples fan until he pulled this stunt with Tigger. Bradley earned the right to play and Tigger should be at home or on his Yaght throwing his little temper tantrums.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:58 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Enough with the hate Woods is an American playing for America.  He needs our support as everyone knows he hasn't been playing a lot of golf and is rebounding from a lot so easy with the hate!  This column should be pullled as it is more anti American than anti Tiger.  He is trying to return stop knocking him for not be amazing right now.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:49 am

Woods, Stricker dream team sent to bed early

Tigger needs a new pimp.

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