Hoggard: Day 4 Prez Cup singles predictions


MELBOURNE, Australia – Rex Hoggard gives predictions for Day 4 singles matches at the Presidents Cup (first match begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Eastern time; local time is 16 hours ahead):

Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. K.T. Kim (International)

The line: Kim was solid against Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson in his pressure-packed fourball match on Saturday, but Simpson has just one loss this week and cruises. U.S., 2 and 1.

Dustin Johnson (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel (International)

The line: Johnson has struggled all week with his putting and precision off the tee, a bad combination on an unrelenting golf course. Internationals, 1 up.

Bubba Watson (U.S.) vs. Ryo Ishikawa (International)

The line: The “Bashful Prince” has seemed slightly off ever since arriving late to these matches and sat out Saturday’s morning session, while Watson continues to embrace the moment and the event. U.S., 3 and 2.

Bill Haas (U.S.) vs. Geoff Ogilvy (International)

The line: No way the man who grew up less than a mile from Royal Melbourne doesn’t end his week with at least a singles victory. Internationals, 2 and 1.

Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Jason Day (International)

The line: Mahan was clutch in Saturday fourball play and prevails in what could be the day’s most explosive match. U.S., 19 holes.

Nick Watney (U.S.) vs. K.J. Choi (International)

The line: Watney was solid after sitting out Saturday’s morning session, but Choi has been the International side’s most consistent player. Internationals, 3 and 2.

Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott (International)

The line: Scott’s rally in Saturday’s four-ball action came up short, but against Lefty he has no such letdown. Internationals, 1 up.

Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Retief Goosen (International)

The line: Kuchar dropped both of his Saturday matches but rallies to pull the United States to within a half point of winning the Cup. U.S., 3 and 2.

Jim Furyk (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els (International)

The line: In what may be the South African’s final Presidents Cup, he holds off the American veteran in a match that is bound for extra holes. Internationals, 20 holes.

David Toms (U.S.) vs. Robert Allenby (International)

The line: Another player likely participating in his swan-song Presidents Cup secures the winning point for the United States in his best performance of the week. U.S., 2 and 1.

Tiger Woods (U.S.) vs. Aaron Baddeley (International)

The line: Stop us if you’ve heard this one; Woods hits almost every fairway and every green but not a single putt that matters and the Aussie rookie ends his week on high note. Internationals, 1 up.

Steve Stricker (U.S.) vs. Y.E. Yang (International)

The line: Stricker says he’s healthy, but his play suggests otherwise. With the matches decided, the South Korean scores what can only be considered an upset. Internationals, 2 and 1.

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