Saturday, October 10th, 2009

U.S. Grabs Early Lead at Presidents Cup

October 8, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
Filed under Golf

After the first day at the Presidents Cup, the U.S. team came out strong and dominated, but a gaffe by Justin Leonard on the final hole left the International team just one point behind, the score standing at 3.5 to 2.5.  Leonard missed a 3-footer on the 18th after he mistakenly thought Retief Goosen had conceded the putt.  Goosen did not, and Leonard’s putt caught the right edge of the cup and spun away.  That miss halved the match, and gave the International squad a very important half point, leaving them one point back of the Americans.

Tiger Woods (left) and Steve Stricker. (Image: Zuma Press)

Tiger Woods (left) and Steve Stricker. (Image: Zuma Press)

The foursome matches played out pretty much as expected.  Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were dominate, as they defeated Ryo Ishikawa and Geoff Ogilvy 6-and-4.  Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim rallied late with four birdies on the final four holes to beat Mike Weir and Tim Clark 3-and-2.

The International team needs 15 more points to capture the Presidents Cup, while the U.S. team needs just 13 to retain the trophy.  Play continues tomorrow, and through the weekend.

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