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Norman goes top-heavy in hopes of toppling U.S.

Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:47 am
Edited on: November 19, 2011 7:36 am

ORLANDO, Fla. -- With only the slimmest chance of winning, International team captain Greg Norman loaded much of his heavy firepower near the top and middle of his Sunday singles lineup in the hopes of getting some early momentum started.

The Americans hold a 13-9 lead entering the dozen Sunday singles matches and no team that has trailed entering the final session has ever won the Presidents Cup.

U.S. captain Fred Couples placed many of his most experienced players at the end of the card, including Steve Stricker, the top-ranked player in the 24-man event at world No. 5, in the last match off the tee,

He will be proceeded in the penultimate pairing by former world No. 1 Tiger Woods, though by the time they play, the result of their matches may be close to moot.

The singles matches will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel starting at 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday night.

Sunday's singles lineup at Royal Melbourne:

1. Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. K.T. Kim
2. Dustin Johnson (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel
3. Bubba Watson (U.S.) vs. Ryo Ishikawa
4. Bill Haas (U.S.) vs. Geoff Ogilvy
5. Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Jason Day
6. Nick Watney (U.S.) vs. K.J. Choi
7. Phil Mickelson (U.S) vs. Adam Scott
8. Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Retief Goosen
9. Jim Furyk (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els
10. David Toms (U.S.) vs. Rob Allenby
11. Tiger Woods (U.S.) vs. Aaron Baddeley
12. Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Y.E. Yang

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:44 pm
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Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:08 pm

Norman goes top-heavy in hopes of toppling U.S.

Tiger is no longer relevant and is NOT managing the putter away from being back to his old self. Tiger will struggle until he hits the senior tour. The other players are n longer intimidated.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:25 am

Norman goes top-heavy in hopes of toppling U.S.

If I read correctly, this is USA vs. International which means it is a team competition. This is not about Tiger, Scott, Stevie, or anything else. I am thrilled with how Tiger is playing. He is basically down to managing the putter and the rest of golf better look out. I am thrilled for Team USA, they are in great shape to win against an International Team that had all the momentum on their side prior to these matches.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:30 am

Norman desperate

Greg Norman has been trying to "game" the US ever since the rosters were announced.  Gamesmanship is fun, but you still have to take care of business on your end for it to do any good.  In Texas terminology, Norman has been all hat and no cattle so far.  I admire the move, and it is actually pretty sound, because if everyone plays to form, it will keep the Aussies in the competion later.  As the old adage goes, "if you hang around long enough, anything can happen."
This time, though, I don't see "anything" happening for the International team.  I have a feeling, too, that Tiger will finally get a few putts to drop early, and will have no problem in his match today.  Of course, his haters will immediately say it was becuase there was "no pressure."  Not to worry, though: they are the same people who will be saying they "had Tiger's back all along" when he finally returns to the top. 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 8:42 am

Norman goes top-heavy in hopes of toppling U.S.

A little surprising they avoided another Woods - Stevie Scott pairing. I see Simpson, Watson, Furyk, and Toms as almost certain wins for the US; Schwartzel, Ogilvy, Day, Baddeley for the Int'l; the other four going either way. In almost every case it will come down to who's the better putter. Ishikawa putts well, but I think he will feel intimidated playing by himself for the first time, and against Watson.

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