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American elders lead way to PrezCup win

Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:27 am
Edited on: November 20, 2011 12:33 am
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A physics question. Or maybe it's geology. Something or the other.

If an entire team is spiraling down the commode in the Southern Hemisphere, does it spin down the drain in the opposite direction?

For the first five hours of the final day of Presidents Cup matches, expected to be a fait accompli and exercise in perfunctory trophy hoisting, the Americans seemed intent on turning a runaway romp into a nervous sprint.

Leading by a whopping four points entering Sunday singles play at diabolical Royal Melbourne, it would have taken losses in nine of the final 12 matches for the U.S. to lose the cup for only the second time in nine Presidents Cup competitions.

Forget red, white and blue. The graybeards made sure it never happened.

Playing as steadily as they had all week, the U.S. rode its four veteran players to a 19-15 victory, with an inexplicably reborn Jim Furyk leading the way with a perfect 5-0 mark.

"The old standbys at the end worked well," U.S. captain Fred Couples said.

They also worked overtime. Furyk beat Ernie Els, 4 and 3, and was joined in the singles' winner's circle by fellow 40-somethings Steve Stricker and David Toms. Along with Phil Mickelson, 41, who lost Sunday, the quartet was a combined 13-4 for the week. Furyk earlier in the week teamed with Mickelson for a 3-0 mark.

"I had Phil and he was playing great and had a positive attitude," said Furyk, who struggled through one of his least-productive seasons. "I have a feeling he probably asked to play with me because he felt he could get a lot out of me."

They seemingly nudged along each other.

Mickelson, who has played in all nine Presidents Cup matches, struggled Sunday but was 3-1 for the week, as was Toms. Stricker, playing in the final match off the tee, 2 and 1, to help hold off the International rally.

With anchor men Tiger Woods and Stricker yet to tee off, the U.S. was leading in one of the first 10 matches underway. Mickelson had hacked up the first few holes so badly, Adam Scott had hit exactly one putt on the first three greens as Lefty kept conceding hole after hole, losing four of the first five.

Furyk helped stop the initial bleeding with an eagle on the second hole to take a fast lead over Els. But the Internationals kept coming, cutting the lead to 14-12 at one point, but the back end of the International lineup could not sustain the early momentum, not with the U.S. veterans bringing up reinforcements from the rear.

Furyk, 41, became the third American player in event history to finish 5-0 for the week and improved his career mark to 20-10-3, matching Woods for most victories. He's the first player in his 40s to have a perfect week.

Fittingly, he scored the U.S. team's 17th point with a 5-and-3 victory over Els, ensuring the Americans would retain the cup with a tie, at minimum. Interestingly, Furyk was voted the 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year, but tanked at the Ryder Cup last fall, winning a half point. After struggling in 2011, he was the cup hero, making more key putts than he had all year.

"I didn’t expect to play as well as I did," he said, "but it had a lot to do with my putting."

Easy as it was to identify the core of the American success, the Internationals sputtered in large part because the crowds were never really in the matches all week.  That's because, as impressive as the elder foursome was for the winning American side -- who won the cup for the seventh time in nine competitions, with one tie -- the host Australian contingent was a huge disappointment.

With five Aussies on the 12-man team, piloted by Oz legend Greg Norman, the local knowledge turned out to be a complete myth. World No. 8 Jason Day personified the Aussie struggles, shooting 44 on the front nine and losing 5-and-3.

The Australian five were a combined 7-14-3, and Melbourne native Geoff Ogilvy was the only Aussie with a winning record at 3-1-1. The other four had at least three losses apiece.

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millcood
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:31 pm
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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:57 pm
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

Elling revels in other people's failures.  I went to highschool with the guy and he was a total douche.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:09 pm
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

Hey Tiger hater. You forgot to mention that Eldrick clinched it for the Americans.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:43 pm
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

If I hit a draw in the USA will I hit a fade down under? I mean water swirls the other way down there..



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:03 pm
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

Tiger did not "earn the right to be there"?  Of course he didn't.  That's why he was a captain's pick.  Each captain gets 2 of them and I would have questioned Couple's sanity had he picked someone other than Tiger.



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:18 am
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

Uh teamwork1.....either you are entirely stupid or real bad at sarcasm...probably both because Baddalay was not the weakest European player in the tournament...that would be Allenby.  Did you even watch the tournament?  Besides Tiger played some of the best golf in the tournament next to Furyk.  Any pressure too by the way?  Couples put him as the anchor on Sunday just in case we needed an american to come through for us.  He was there because he can handle the pressure and proved it with a 5 under for his final round.  Dude man you are a loser.



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:54 am
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

Dear Tiger Hater,

You erroneously misinterpreted the events of the first two matches of Tiger Woods. You posted a stupid atricle "Tiger goes 0-2". Nothing was ever mentioned about the other two guys. Did you even watch the event? Stricker shanked one out of the bunker, put one into the trees, and playing poor position... losing Day 1 for the US team. On Day 2, Woods carried Johnson for the last SIX holes! Next time, do some investigative reporting before you post your excrement for the world to see. Admit it, Tiger played well. Try to be a fan of GOLF, not a fan of careless words. 



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:55 pm
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

He actually earned the right to be there by being head and shoulders the best player of this era...He also happened to be the best player in singles. His partners never showed up all week. It's too funny how Elling has such a hate on for Tiger that his headlines pointed out each round Tiger didn't earn a point but when he was clearly the best player of the day he barely gets mentioned...



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 10:13 pm
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

Note to all Tiger fans (I'm not one of them but not a "hater').  Tiger did not win the President's cup. He played well but he did not earn the right to be there. If there is a two year process to qualify, then stick to it. Otherwise give Tiger a pass for the next ten years no matter how well he plays.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:17 pm
 

American elders lead way to PrezCup win

MVPs of the Presidents Cup were Furyk (obviously), Mahan, Toms & Watney. Woods earned only half of the points possible for the event. His play was clearly the best in singles. If he stays busy leading up to the Ryder Cup, he could regain his spot as the leader of the American team. He was not that guy in this event. Hope he keeps up the progress. Congratulations to Fred Coupes and the American squad. I'd love to take a turn on the Melbourne course. Likely need to premedicate to avoid a breakdown. 


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