Mere minutes


It's funny how a match as big as the Presidents Cup can come down to just a few minutes of action that prove to be the pivotal point.

We always hope those few minutes are on the final holes in the final match on Sunday. However, match play rarely works out that way.

The fate of this Presidents Cup was likely sealed late in the morning Saturday.

With the U.S. leading 8 1/2 to 5 1/2, the Internationals were up in all three of the remaining matches. Hold all of them and the afternoon session would begin tied at 8 1/2.  Momentum would shift and the character of the overall match would change dramatically.

But in the 20 minutes that followed 2:50 p.m. ET, things went the other way for the Internationals. Of the three matches, one held, one halved, and one was just another victim of the Stricker/Woods Dynamic Duo of the Ages Steamroller Express. By 3:10 p.m. ET Saturday the U.S. was on the board leading 10-7 and this version of the Presidents Cup was all but over. In mere minutes, the nails were drilled into the coffin.