2011 Presidents Cup

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This article is about the golf tournament. For the tennis tournament, see 2011 President's Cup (tennis).
2011 Presidents Cup
Dates   17–20 November 2011
Venue   Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Location   Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Captains   Greg Norman (International)
Fred Couples (USA)
International   15    19   USA
USA wins the Presidents Cup

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The 2011 Presidents Cup was the ninth Presidents Cup, held 17–20 November at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The United States team won by a score of 19 to 15 over the International team.[1] Jim Furyk won all five of his matches.[2][3]

Format[edit]

The first day consists of six matches of foursomes. The second day consists of six matches of fourball. The third day consists of five matches of foursomes in the morning and five matches of fourball in the afternoon. On the fourth and final day, twelve singles matches were played. 34 matches were played in all.[4]

Teams[edit]

Both teams had 12 players plus a non-playing captain. Members of the U.S. Team were selected based on official PGA Tour earnings from the 2009 Wyndham Championship through the 2011 BMW Championship. Prize money in 2011 events counted double.[5] International Team players were chosen on the basis of the Official World Golf Ranking through the 2011 BMW Championship.[6] The International Team did not include players eligible for the European Ryder Cup Team. The top 10 players from each list made their respective teams and the captains choose the remaining two players.[7]

  • OWGR as of 13 November 2011, the last ranking before the Cup.

Team International[edit]

Player Country Birthplace Age Pts Rank OWGR Notes
Norman, GregGreg Norman  Australia Mount Isa 56 - - Non-playing captain
Day, JasonJason Day  Australia Beaudesert 24 1 8 Rookie
Scott, AdamAdam Scott  Australia Adelaide 31 2 7 5th appearance
Schwartzel, CharlCharl Schwartzel  South Africa Johannesburg 27 3 13 Rookie
Choi, K. J.K. J. Choi  South Korea Wando 41 4 15 3rd appearance
Kim, K. T.K. T. Kim  South Korea Sokcho 25 5 24 Rookie
Goosen, RetiefRetief Goosen  South Africa Pietersburg 42 6 51 6th appearance
Ogilvy, GeoffGeoff Ogilvy  Australia Adelaide 34 7 38 3rd appearance
Els, ErnieErnie Els  South Africa Johannesburg 42 8 52 7th appearance
Yang, Y. E.Y. E. Yang  South Korea Jeju-do 39 9 43 2nd appearance
Ishikawa, RyoRyo Ishikawa  Japan Matsubushi 20 10 49 2nd appearance
Allenby, RobertRobert Allenby  Australia Melbourne 40 13 69 6th appearance, captain's pick
Baddeley, AaronAaron Baddeley  Australia Lebanon, New Hampshire, U.S. 30 14 47 Rookie, captain's pick

Team United States[edit]

Player Birthplace Age Pts Rank OWGR Notes
Couples, FredFred Couples Seattle, Washington 52 - - Non-playing captain
Kuchar, MattMatt Kuchar Winter Park, Florida 33 1 10 Rookie
Stricker, SteveSteve Stricker Edgerton, Wisconsin 44 2 5 4th appearance
Johnson, DustinDustin Johnson Columbia, South Carolina 27 3 6 Rookie
Simpson, WebbWebb Simpson Raleigh, North Carolina 26 4 9 Rookie
Watney, NickNick Watney Sacramento, California 30 5 11 Rookie
Mickelson, PhilPhil Mickelson San Diego, California 41 6 12 9th appearance
Watson, BubbaBubba Watson Bagdad, Florida 33 7 17 Rookie
Toms, DavidDavid Toms Monroe, Louisiana 44 8 20 4th appearance
Mahan, HunterHunter Mahan Orange, California 29 9 19 3rd appearance
Furyk, JimJim Furyk West Chester, Pennsylvania 41 10 41 7th appearance
Haas, BillBill Haas Charlotte, North Carolina 29 12 22 Rookie, captain's pick
Woods, TigerTiger Woods Cypress, California 35 29 50 7th appearance, captain's pick

Thursday's foursome matches[edit]

Greg Norman selected his first pair and Fred Couples selected his pair to play against them. For the second match Couples made the first selection, Norman the second. This process continued until only the last two pairs remain.[8] Media interest centred on the pairing of Adam Scott and his caddy Steve Williams with Tiger Woods; Williams having been Woods caddy for many years. All matches were in alternate shot format.

There were some dramatic lead changes throughout the first day. The International team was off to a fast start and at one point led in 5 of the 6 matches. But in the middle of the round the Americans bounced back. Watson/Simpson were 2 down after 4 holes to Els/Ishikawa but won 6 of the next 11 holes to win 4 & 3. Haas/Watney trailed the International team Schwartzel/Ogilvy, 2 down, throughout the round but won holes 15 and 16 to halve the match. Johnson/Kuchar also claimed a very crucial half-point for their matches by winning the last two holes in their match, when the Internationals missed an 8 foot par putt on 17 and then hit an erratic drive on 18, resulting in a halve in the match despite the Internationals being 3 up at one point. Mickelson/Furyk were 1 down after 6 holes to Goosen/Allenby but won 5 of their next 6 holes to win the match 4 & 3. Toms/Mahan grabbed the lead over Kim/Yang early in the match and never relinquished it, winning 6 & 5. However, biggest surprise of the day was the anchor match when Scott and K.J. Choi beat Woods and Stricker 7 & 6, tying the record for largest margin of defeat in the short history in the Presidents Cup in what was the International team's only win of the day.

By winning his match Phil Mickelson became the leading points scorer in the Presidents Cup with 21, passing Vijay Singh's record of 20.5.

International Results United States
Els/Ishikawa 4 and 2 Watson/Simpson
Ogilvy/Schwartzel halved Haas/Watney
Baddeley/Day halved Johnson/Kuchar
Goosen/Allenby 4 and 3 Mickelson/Furyk
Kim/Yang 6 and 5 Mahan/Toms
Scott/Choi 7 and 6 Woods/Stricker
2 Foursomes 4
2 Overall 4

Friday's four-ball matches[edit]

The pairings were made in the same way as the Thursday foursomes except that Couples made the first choice.[9]

All matches were in fourball format.[10] Tee times were brought forward by two hours because of the threat of storms later in the day. The first match started at 9:35am local time.

The course played very difficult due to the firm greens and the very blustery conditions, which were much different than the calm conditions on Thursday. Very few birdies were made and a lot of times holes were won with pars. Unlike the first day, there were no dramatic changes in lead, as almost all matches in which one side got a lead on maintained the lead throughout the match. The exception was the Woods/Johnson match, in which they grabbed an early 1 up lead but squandered it and eventually Baddeley/Day won. Woods/Johnson played better than the International team Baddeley/Day tee-to-green but the Internationals were able to keep pace with their stellar short game. The Internationals dodged a major bullet on the first hole when they made a 10 foot par putt and then Woods missed a 6 foot birdie. The Americans took the lead with a 25 foot birdie putt on the 4th but squandered it with a bogey on the 8th. Then Day/Baddeley took the lead for good on 13 with a 20 foot birdie putt. They dodged a few more bullets when Woods's 70 foot eagle putt on 15 missed by a few inches, Johnson's inability to convert his 6 foot birdie putt on 16, and when Woods's chip shot on 18 missed by a few inches. By the end of day two, K.J. Choi was the only International team member with 2 points, but the more shocking development was that Tiger Woods was the only player in the American team with no points.

International Results United States
Els/Ishikawa 2 and 1 Watson/Simpson
Day/Baddeley 1 up Woods/Johnson
Scott/Kim 2 and 1 Mickelson/Furyk
Ogilvy/Choi 1 up Haas/Watney
Yang/Allenby 4 and 3 Stricker/Kuchar
Schwartzel/Goosen 2 and 1 Mahan/Toms
3 Fourball 3
5 Overall 7

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning foursomes[edit]

The weather for the day was calm winds with a light rain, so the course was much easier and the greens were a lot more receptive with the rain. The American team was in cruise control for the whole morning session, and never at any point did the Internationals lead in more than one match. Watson/Simpson got off to a quick start winning the first two holes, but the Allenby/Ogilvy bounced back to square the match before the Americans closed them out by winning three of their last five holes. Haas/Kuchar also got off to a quick start with an early 2 up lead but Els/Ishikawa would catch up to them on the back nine to win the only International victory of the morning. The Mahan/Toms team was in cruise control for the last 10 holes when they won 6 of those holes to go from 1 down to a 5 & 4 victory over Goosen/Schwartzel. Woods/Johnson got off to a slow start due to putting woes, and were 1 down after 6, but they bounced back to win when the Scott/Choi struggled. Mickelson/Furyk also struggled with their putting and were 2 down after 10 holes but Furyk stepped up big on the back nine and they won four of their next five holes to beat Baddeley/Day.

International Results United States
Allenby/Ogilvy 3 and 2 Simpson/Watson
Els/Ishikawa 1 up Haas/Kuchar
Goosen/Schwartzel 5 and 4 Mahan/Toms
Scott/Choi 3 and 2 Woods/Johnson
Baddeley/Day 2 and 1 Mickelson/Furyk
1 Foursomes 4
6 Overall 11

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

The Internationals got off to a very good start in the four-ball session. The Watson/Simpson team, despite a perfect 3-0 record, struggled this session and were unable to make many birdies and lost to Goosen/Schwartzel 2 & 1. Woods/Johnson once again struggled with their putting and never led in their match against Kim/Yang. It looked like the Americans were going to lead the match when Woods found the green in two on the par-5 15th, but he three-putted from 70 feet, and Woods had two more birdie opportunities on 17 and 18 to square the match but missed both. Both Stricker/Kuchar and Ogilvy/Choi played very consistently in their match, halving 15 of the 18 holes. Stricker/Kuchar got an early lead but Ogilvy/Choi won two holes from then to win the match, 1 up. Both Mahan/Haas and Furyk/Watney were in control for their matches most of the time and won their matches by a small margin.

International Results United States
Goosen/Schwartzel 2 and 1 Simpson/Watson
Kim/Yang 1 up Woods/Johnson
Ogilvy/Choi 1 up Stricker/Kuchar
Baddeley/Day 2 and 1 Mahan/Haas
Scott/Els 1 up Furyk/Watney
3 Four-ball 2
9 Overall 13

Sunday's singles matches[edit]

The Internationals got off to the start they wanted in effort for a miraculous comeback by winning the first four matches. Underdog Kim got off to a fast start, and was 3 up over Simpson after 9 holes. Simpson came back, and squared the matches with two holes to play. Kim stepped up for the Internationals, and sank a 12-foot birdie on 17, followed by a 6-foot par on 18 to win the match. Schwartzel and Ishikawa took control of their opponents Johnson and Watson, respectively, early in the match and never relinquished their leads. Ogilvy and Haas both fought hard in their match, and made clutch putts until the end, where Ogilvy prevailed after Haas hit an errant drive on 18.

Jason Day, the local favorite, was out-of-sorts all day, shooting nine over par on the front nine, and was 5 down to Hunter Mahan after 9 holes. He eventually lost to Mahan, 5 & 3. Watney won his match against Choi through consistent play. Mickelson, who was 3-0 prior to the Sunday singles, and had played exceptionally well with his teammate Furyk the first three days, struggled out of the gate, making bogeys on the first five holes to go four down to Adam Scott. Scott maintained his 4 up lead, but Mickelson rebounded by winning holes 15 and 16 with birdies. Mickelson nearly made his 12 foot birdie on 17 to extend the match, but, Scott prevailed when Mickelson missed the putt. Goosen, who was a very low-key player for the International team all week, quietly grabbed his third point for the Internationals with a win over Kuchar. Goosen was 3 up after 11 holes, but Kuchar won three holes in a row to square the match. He took the lead for good when Kuchar missed a 12 foot par putt on 16, and held on to win the match.

Captain Couples put Presidents Cup veterans Furyk, Toms, Woods, and Stricker in the last four matches, and his decision paid off as all four of the Americans won their matches. Furyk played solidly all day, winning his match over Els to earn a perfect 5-0-0 record for the week. Allenby, a controversial captain's pick for the Internationals, struggled all week, and continued again in his match against Toms, losing 7 & 5. Allenby was the only player from both teams to earn no points all week. Woods, who struggled with his putting in his matches the first three days, putted lights-out in his match against Baddeley, shooting 5 under par in his 15 holes, the best out of anyone, and won 4 & 3 to clinch the winning point for the Americans.

International Results United States Timetable
Kim 1 up Simpson 4th: 12 - 14
Schwartzel 2 and 1 Johnson 3rd: 11 - 14
Ishikawa 3 and 2 Watson 2nd: 10 - 14
Ogilvy 2 up Haas 7th: 13 - 16
Day 5 and 3 Mahan 1st: 9 - 14
Choi 3 and 2 Watney 5th: 12 - 15
Scott 2 and 1 Mickelson 9th: 14 - 17
Goosen 1 up Kuchar 11th: 15 - 18
Els 4 and 3 Furyk 8th: 13 - 17
Allenby 7 and 5 Toms 6th: 12 - 16
Baddeley 4 and 3 Woods 10th: 14 - 18
Yang 2 and 1 Stricker 12th: 15 - 19
6 Singles 6
15 Overall 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tiger Woods wins winning point for United States in the Presidents Cup". BBC Sport. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Americans win fourth straight Cup". ESPN. Associated Press. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tiger Woods turns on style to clinch Presidents Cup for the US". Guardian. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011 Presidents Cup - Scoring Summary". PGA Tour. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "2011 Presidents Cup (United States)". PGA Tour. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "2011 Presidents Cup (International)". PGA Tour. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bill Haas named to U.S. Cup team". ESPN. Associated Press. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "What they said: Thursday pairings announcement". PGA Tour. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "What they said: Friday pairings announcement". PGA Tour. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Match recaps: Friday's four-ball matches". PGA Tour. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

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2013 Presidents Cup
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