SAN FRANCISCO – Day 1 foursomes pairings and prognostications from GolfChannel.com senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell, who are at Harding Park for the Presidents Cup.
All times are local, Pacific Time:
12:10 p.m. – Anthony Kim-Phil Mickelson (US) vs. Mike Weir-Tim Clark (INT)
Rex: Taking a page from the Valhalla victory, Couples put the wild child back with the man who recently rediscovered his inner child on the greens. Clark could be the cream of the International crop this week, but he will be overmatched in this one. U.S. 3 and 2.
Randall: The most intriguing American pairing, because Kim and Mickelson could win or lose spectacularly, but they'll have their mojo working. U.S. 4 and 3.
12:22 p.m. – Hunter Mahan-Sean O’Hair (US) vs. Adam Scott-Ernie Els (INT)
Rex: Mahan and O’Hair had dinner at the Tour Championship to talk cup strategy and are a natural pairing – young and fearless. While Scott is just . . . well, young. U.S. 1 up.
Randall: O’Hair’s paying Michael Jordan for an education in competitive zeal this week, and he teams with Mahan to school Els-Scott. U.S. 2 and 1.
12:34 p.m. – Lucas Glover-Stewart Cink (US) vs. Vijay Singh-Robert Allenby (INT)
Rex: May be the day’s closest match. The two U.S. major champions had breakout seasons but are not at their best and Allenby and Singh have been solid in team play. International 1 up.
Randall: Hard to bet against a pair of reigning major champions, especially kindred spirits like Glover and Cink. U.S. 2 up.
12:46 pm. – Kenny Perry-Zach Johnson (US) vs. Angel Cabrera-Camilo Villegas (INT)
Rex: KP will struggle to keep his focus, but Johnson is a match play machine and will forge a tie with a surprisingly potent world two-ball. Halve.
Randall: Fellow South Americans won’t back down to anybody. Tough guys, tough pairing. Internationals 1 up.
12:58 p.m. – Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker (US) vs. Geoff Ogilvy-Ryo Ishikawa (INT)
Rex: Ogilvy will be the anchor of this International squad, but Stricker and the world No. 1 ruled the FedEx Cup playoffs and will make quick work of the Aussie and rookie. U.S. 5 and 4.
Randall: Woods and Stricker are the best putters on the planet, so it’s a matter of how close they hit it.
1:10 p.m. – Jim Furyk-Justin Leonard (US) vs. Retief Goosen-Y.E. Yang (INT)
Rex: On paper this may be the International side’s best pairing, but the veteran American duo gives nothing away and they play to a tie in the NoCal twilight. Halve.
Randall: Communication gap won’t matter. Goosen and Yang both like to let their clubs do the talking. Internationals 1 up.
Day 1 Results:
Rex: U.S. 4 - Internationals 2
Randall: U.S. 4 - Internationals 2