MELBOURNE, Australia – Report cards for the Presidents Cup, including captains Norman and Couples.
Jim Furyk (5-0-0) A+
The line: No other way to slice it, he paired brilliantly with Phil Mickelson, stunned Adam Scott and Ernie Els for a key point on Saturday and rolled over Els in singles play to stem an International rally. Perfect.
Bill Haas (1-3-1) C
The line: Royal Melbourne was always going to be a tough draw for a true rookie, particularly when paired with Geoff Ogilvy in Sunday singles, and his pedestrian record was not entirely unexpected.
Dustin Johnson (1-3-1) D
The line: A singular talent and consensus future team member, but DJ’s play in Australia – as well as last year’s Ryder Cup (1-3-0) – is a concern.
Matt Kuchar (1-3-1) C-
The line: Got off to a fast start but struggled the rest of the way. His steady game should be a natural fit for match play but it hasn’t worked out that way.
Hunter Mahan (4-1-0) A
The line: Put last year’s heartbreak in Wales behind him by quieting the crowd with a 23-foot walk-off at No. 17 on Saturday and took it to Jason Day in Sunday singles to all but end the International comeback.
Phil Mickelson (3-1-0) B
The line: Perfect through three team sessions, Lefty asked to sit on Saturday afternoon and conceded the first three holes to Adam Scott in a Sunday rout.
Webb Simpson (3-2-0) B+
The line: In the leadoff position Simpson and Bubba Watson set a surprising tone for the Americans and he was narrowly beaten by K.T. Kim, 1 up, in singles.
Steve Stricker (2-2-0) B
The line: He was rusty when he arrived at Royal Melbourne and failed to rekindle the magic with Woods. Although he said his ailing neck was “fine,” the veteran gets style points for his gritty performance.
David Toms (3-1-0) A
The line: In what may be his last Presidents Cup, Toms was a steadying force for Couples and delivered a crucial Sunday point.
Nick Watney (2-1-1) A-
The line: He seemed to mature with each match and showed a surprising amount of poise in his 3-and-2 victory on Sunday over Choi, one of the International side’s top performers.
Bubba Watson (3-2-0) B
The line: It was a tale of two weeks for the flamboyant American, going 3-0 in the leadoff spot with Simpson to start before finishing with consecutive losses that included a singles blowout to Ryo Ishikawa.
Tiger Woods (2-3-0) B-
The line: The search begins anew for another partner for Woods, or a good chiropractor for Stricker, but “red shirt’s” line is misleading. He hit the ball better than advertised and didn’t get a lot of help from his partners.
Captain Fred Couples (2-0) A
The line: Couples’ laissez faire style was unquestionably validated given the Americans' perceived disadvantage at Royal Melbourne, Stricker’s injury and the uncertainty of how Woods would play.
Robert Allenby (0-4-0) F
The line: A captain’s pick based on his resume at Royal Melbourne and, some say, his passport struggled mightily and is now 8-16-3 in six Presidents Cups.
Aaron Baddeley (1-3-1) C+
The line: With “Badds” the numbers don’t tell the entire story. Despite his record, he played well in some of the week’s most intense matches and should be a staple on future teams.
K.J. Choi (3-2-0) B
The line: The “Tank” was clutch all week for Norman, starting with his steady performance against Woods and Stricker on Day 1. Let the chants begin now, “Choi for captain in 2015.”
Jason Day (1-3-1) D
The line: The top-ranked International player didn’t produce the spark Norman had envisioned when he paired him with Baddeley and his Sunday singles collapse will sting for some time.
Ernie Els (1-4-0) C
The line: The future captain showed steady leadership paired with Ryo Ishikawa and putted better than he has all year, but one expects more production out of a proven winner.
Retief Goosen (3-2-0) B-
The line: Not the best of weeks for the South African, but he continued to build on a phenomenal fourball record, going undefeated in best-ball play to improve to 10-2-1 in six Presidents Cups.
Ryo Ishikawa (2-2-0) C+
The line: The “Bashful Prince” arrived late and did little to help Els in his first three team matches, but salvaged his week with a big win over Bubba Watson on Sunday.
K.T. Kim (2-2-0) B
The line: Ishikawa told Norman the South Korean rookie is one of the world’s best at match play and Kim didn’t disappoint. After being benched early Saturday he played the weekend in 2-0.
Geoff Ogilvy (3-1-1) A-
The line: The Melbourne native was solid as expected but that did little to temper his disappointment. He’d been dreaming of this since 1998, the last time the matches were played at his beloved Royal Melbourne.
Charl Schwartzel (3-1-1) A-
The line: The South African may be the game’s most underrated player and considering his victory this year at Augusta National his solid week at another Alister MacKenzie gem was not entirely unexpected.
Adam Scott (2-3-0) C
The line: Norman leaned on him all week, starting with his high-profile pairing with Woods on Thursday, but the Internationals needed more from him.
Y.E. Yang (1-3-0) D
The line: Teamed with Kim to stun Woods and Johnson late Saturday, but was otherwise a non-story.
Captain Greg Norman (0-2) C
The line: The “Shark” will be criticized for the Allenby pick and seemed to over-think some of his pairings. In two turns as captain Norman had no answer for the Americans' domination of the foursome sessions.
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