Sunday, October 11th, 2009

U.S. Maintains Slim Lead at Presidents Cup

October 9, 2009 by Jeff Greenwell  
Filed under Golf

On paper it looked like the American team would run away with this year’s Presidents Cup.  Fortunately for the International team, golf isn’t played on paper.  For the second straight day, the pesky International squad kept pace with the Yanks, this time in the fourballs matches, and after two days at the Presidents Cup, find themselves trailing the Americans by one point, 6 1/2 to 5 1/2.  Today it was two late rallies, one by the team of Ernie Els and Mike Weir, the other by Tim Clark and Vijay Singh, that kept Fred Couples’ American team from running away with things.

Ernie Els (left) and Mike Weir. (Image: Zuma Press)

Ernie Els (left) and Mike Weir. (Image: Zuma Press)

The combo of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker continued to dominate, this time defeating the team of Angel Cabrera and Geoff Ogilvy 5-and3.  The dynamic duo have yet to play the 16th hole this week, a testament to their brilliant play.

The first all-Asian pairing proved to be a wise choice on International team captain Greg Norman’s part.  His pairing of Ryo Ishikawa and PGA winner Y.E. Yang soundly defeated Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair, winning the match 4-and-3.

Play continues through the weekend in San Francisco.

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