Day 4 matches and prognostications


Presidents Cup

SAN FRANCISCO – Day  4 singles matches and prognostications from senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell, who are at Harding Park for the Presidents Cup.


All times are Eastern:

12:25 p.m. – Camilo Villegas (INT) vs. Hunter Mahan (USA)

Rex: Mahan has not been at his best this week but the ballstriker is good enough to post the first American flag against an off-form Colombian. USA, 2 and 1.

Randall: Mahan’s experience keeps Villegas winless this week. USA, 3 and 2.


12:35 p.m. – Adam Scott (INT) vs. Stewart Cink (USA)

Rex: Cink gets on the board with his first ‘W’ of the week against the Australian, but it’s close going all the way to the 18th hole. USA, 1 up.

Randall: Cink won’t let Scott have a happy ending as Norman’s questionable captain’s pick. USA, 2 and 1.


12:45 p.m. – Mike Weir (INT) vs. Justin Leonard (USA)

Rex: Weir’s been solid for the International side throughout the matches and pulls off another rousing Sunday victory. Internationals, 1 up.

Randall: Weir extends his Presidents Cup singles winning streak to three in a row. Internationals, 1 up.


12:55 p.m. – Robert Allenby (INT) vs. Anthony Kim (USA)

Rex: The claw putting grip has given the Aussie a new dimension and he rolls to an early point. Internationals, 3 and 2.

Randall: Kim will struggle to find a win when he can’t find a fairway. Internationals, 1 up.


1:05 p.m. – Geoff Ogilvy (INT) vs. Steve Stricker (USA)

Rex: Stricker makes everything he looks at and finishes his third Presidents Cup sharing co-Man of the Match honors with Woods. USA, 2 and 1.

Randall: Great matchup, but Stricker’s hot and Ogilvy’s lukewarm. USA, 2 and 1.


1:15 p.m. – Ernie Els (INT) vs. Sean O'Hair (USA)

Rex: Experience prevails in a swing match and the South African pads his Presidential record. Internationals, 1 up.

Randall: Els is having a good week and it gets better on Sunday. Internationals, 3 and 2.


1:25 p.m. – Ryo Ishikawa (INT) vs. Kenny Perry (USA)

Rex: The Bashful Prince finishes strong in his cup debut, edging Perry who struggled all week with Harding Park’s greens and his emotions. Internationals, 2 and 1.

Randall: The Japanese phenom is on a roll that runs over Perry. Internationals, 1 up.


1:35 p.m. – Tim Clark (INT) vs. Zach Johnson (USA)

Rex: The day’s toughest match has all the makings of an overtime special between a pair of match play magicians, but the point goes to the scrappy South African in extra innings. Internationals, 22 holes.

Randall: Gritty fighters grind it out with Clark outlasting Johnson. Internationals, 1 up.


1:45 p.m. – Y.E. Yang (INT) vs. Tiger Woods (USA)

Rex: Woods rolls over Yang for a measure of PGA redemption and moves the United States to game point in the matches. USA, 3 and 2.

Randall: Yang didn’t want a rematch, we find out why on Sunday. USA, 4 and 3.


1:55 p.m. – Vijay Singh (INT) vs. Lucas Glover (USA)

Rex: Singh ends his worst year in a decade on a high note with a victory, but the matches will be over before his point reaches the leaderboard. Internationals, 1 up.

Randall: Singh hasn’t lost this week, Glover hasn’t won, and it stays that way. Internationals, 1 up.


2:05 p.m. – Retief Goosen (INT) vs. Phil Mickelson (USA)

Rex: Fittingly, Mickelson wraps up his late-season charge with superior ballstriking and clutch putting to secure America’s sixth Presidents Cup. USA, 3 and 2.

Randall: Mickelson’s firing on all cylinders, confidence is high. USA, 3 and 2.


2:15 p.m. – Angel Cabrera (INT) vs. Jim Furyk (USA)

Rex: With the celebration already underway, a pair of U.S. Open champions close the matches on the 18th hole. USA, 1 up.

Randall: Furyk may have to win this one to give the Americans the cup, and he will. USA, 1 up.


Day 4 singles prediction results:

Rex: U.S. 6 - Internationals 6; Final score: U.S. 18.5 - Internationals 15.5

Randall: U.S. 6 - Internationals 6; Final score: U.S. 18.5 - Internationals 15.5