Prez Cup: Sunday singles, match-by-match
Sunday, November 20, 2011
MELBOURNE, Australia — Capsules from Sunday's singles matches at the Presidents Cup:
K.T. Kim, International, def. Webb Simpson, United States, 1 up.
Kim built a 3-up lead quickly when Simpson three-putted on consecutive holes, and Kim fired an approach into 4 feet for birdie on No. 7. This match looked like an International win all the day until Simpson cut into the lead late. He birdied the 15th hole to go 1 down, then squared the match on the 16th when Kim failed to save par from a bunker, lipped out the putt. But the South Korean came up big, holing a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th to regain the lead, and a 6-foot par putt on the 18th to win.
2011 Presidents Cup: Day 4 in pictures
A look at singles action on Sunday at Royal Melbourne.
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Charl Schwartzel, International, def. Dustin Johnson, United States, 2 and 1.
Schwartzel took charge with a birdie at the par-5 second, and Johnson twice watched his ball come off the front of the third green for a double bogey. Johnson three-putted the ninth as Schwartzel went 3 up at the turn. Johnson made his first birdie at No. 12, and a birdie on the 15th pulled him within 2 down. Both bogeyed the 16th, and Schwartzel holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th for the win.
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Ryo Ishikawa, International, def. Bubba Watson, United States, 3 and 2.
Watson drove the first green to set up an easy birdie and 1-up lead, but that was it. He failed to get up-and-down from the bunker on the par-5 second and lost the hole with a par, but the lasting image came at the par-3 third. Ishikawa's second shot didn't get up the slope and rolled back to his feet, as Watson was on the top tier of the green. Ishikawa did well to make bogey. With two putts to win the hole, Watson's putt rolled off the green and into the fairway, and he lost the hole with a double bogey. Ishikawa was 3 up at the turn, and Watson never got any closer.
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Geoff Ogilvy, International, def. Bill Haas, United States, 2 up.
Ogilvy produced a point in four of the five matches he played, and all four went to the 18th green. He holed a 4-foot birdie putt on the fifth to square the match, then took the lead for good on the 12th when he holed a 60-foot birdie putt. Both players made bogey on the 16th, and Haas appeared to square the match with his 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th. Ogilvy poured in a 15-footer to match him, then hit two solid shots onto the 18th green to secure the win.
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Hunter Mahan, United States, def. Jason Day, International, 5 and 3.
Mahan made a dramatic putt on the 17th hole to squash a Day celebration the day before, and he made sure there was no drama in singles. Day played his worst golf of the week, making no birdies and only two pars on the front nine. It was so bad that Mahan didn't make a birdie, had two bogeys and was 5 up at the turn. Day got within 3 down when Mahan made double bogey on the 13th, but Mahan holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 14th and a 15-footer on the 15th.
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Nick Watney, United States, def. K.J. Choi, International, 3 and 2.
Playing perhaps the strongest player on the International team, Watney never trailed. He went 2 up with a birdie on the fifth hole, though Choi rallied with tough pars and squared the match when Watney made bogey from short of the 11th green. Choi hit into a bunker on the 12th and made bogey, and he ever recovered. Watney went 2 up on the 15th with a wedge to 4 feet that was conceded for birdie, and Choi made another bogey on the next hole to lose.
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Adam Scott, International, def. Phil Mickelson, United States, 2 and 1.
What might have been a feature match turned into a dud quickly. Mickelson conceded the first three holes. He bladed a chip and made bogey on the first, took two shots to get out of the bunker on the second, and had a chip roll back off the third green. Mickelson halved the next hole with a bogey, won the sixth with a birdie, then conceded the eighth when Scott hit his approach into 4 feet and Mickelson missed a short par putt. Mickelson won two holes late when the match was dormie, but missed a 10-foot birdie try on the 17th to end it. Scott played well. In those four holes Mickelson conceded, Scott didn't have a birdie putt longer than 12 feet.
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Retief Goosen, International, def. Matt Kuchar, United States, 1 up.
Goosen chipped in for eagle from 45 yards on the second hole to square the match, then took the lead when he drove over the par-4 sixth green and chipped to 6 feet for birdie. Kuchar opened the back nine with consecutive bogeys to make this look like an International win, when it needed blue scores on the board. Kuchar won the next three holes — twice with birdie — to square the match, only to bogey the 16th and never catch up.
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Jim Furyk, United States, def. Ernie Els, International, 4 and 3.
Furyk's putter, his bane all season, carried him. He holed a 40-footer for eagle on No. 2, halved the next hole with an 8-foot putt, made a 12-footer on No. 4 for birdie, and made another 12-foot birdie try on No. 6 for birdie. That put him at 3 up. He struggled on the back nine with a double bogey on No. 10 and a bogey on the next hole as Els closed the margin, but Furyk birdied the 14th with a shot into 6 feet, and Els failed to birdie the next hole.
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David Toms, United States, def. Robert Allenby, International, 7 and 5.
Allenby missed a 6-foot par putt on the opening hole, hit a poor chip on the fourth and a bad tee shot on the par-5 third. He lost all those holes to dig a hole, and eventually Toms came to life with birdies on the eighth and 11th to go 6 up. The match ended in a fitting manner when Allenby made a bogey on the 13th. The Aussie became the first captain's pick since American John Huston in 1998 to not win a point.
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Tiger Woods, United States, def. Aaron Baddeley, International, 4 and 3.
On his own, Woods looked as good as he has all week. He made a difficult 6-footer for a two-putt birdie on the second and hit a beautiful lag putt from the top tier on No. 3. Woods holed birdie putts of 18 feet on No. 5 and 20 feet on No. 6 for a 2-up lead, then extended the margin with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 10th. He went to 5 up when Baddeley bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes. Woods made his only bogey from a back bunker on the 14th, but closed out Baddeley with a shot into 4 feet on the par-5 15th.
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Steve Stricker, United States, def.. Y.E. Yang, International, 2 and 1.
Yang birdied the opening hole, then fell apart. The match went to even with Yang's bogey at No. 3, and the former PGA champion made double bogey on No. 4 when his chip rolled back into a bunker. He bogeyed the next two holes to fall 3 down. The only good news is that the match never looked as though it would matter. Yang fought back with a long birdie at No. 14 to get to 1 down, but he bogeyed the 16th as the match went dormie, and Stricker finally got to celebrate with his team with matching pars on the 17th.