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America holds the early advantage

 

The first day’s play has now come to an end and there has been some scintillating golf combined with interesting results.

The shock of the day came from Adam Scott and K.J. Choi as they were relentless in handing Tiger Woods his worst ever loss in any format of match play. The International pair won 7 & 6, tying the record for biggest margin of victory in Presidents Cup history. Woods and Stricker turned out to be the only weak link for a very impressive Americans performance.

The US easily won three matches, and rallied to halve two other matches to build a 4-2 lead after the opening session. Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk, together for the first time since Brookline in the 1999 Ryder Cup, beat Retief Goosen and Robert Allenby 4 & 3. Hunter Mahan and David Toms cruised to a 6 & 5 victory over the South Korean duo of Y.E. Yang and K.T. Kim. Big hitting Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson wrapped up their match against Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa 4 & 2.

Two of the six matches went the distance. Geoff Ogilvy and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel lost a late 2 up lead and had to settle for a halve against Bill Haas and Nick Watney. Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar rallied from 3 down with six holes to play and won the last two holes with pars to earn an unlikely halve.

Match Internationals   Result   USA
Presidents Cup first day results
1 Els / Ishikawa   lost to 4 & 2 Watson / Simpson
2 Ogilvy / Schwartzel   halved   Haas / Watney
3 Baddeley / Day   halved   Johnson / Kuchar
4 Goosen / Allenby   lost to 4 & 3 Mickelson / Furyk
5 Kyung-Tae / Yong-Eun   lost to 6 & 5 Mahan / Toms
6 Scott / Choi 7 & 6 beat   Woods / Stricker
 


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