Match by match: Presidents Cup singles recaps
- By Ryan Ballengee
- Nov 19, 2011 8:18 PM ET
Ryo Ishikawa (International) d. Bubba Watson (U.S.), 3 and 2
After nearly driving the first hole to win in birdie, Watson lost control of the match by losing four of the next five holes. The American struggled with all facets of his short game – putting, chipping and bunker play. Ishikawa consistently applied pressure by hitting greens in regulation and managing the slick greens with relative ease.
Charl Schwartzel (International) def. Dustin Johnson (U.S.), 2 and 1
Continuing a week-long struggle with the short game, Johnson was unable to keep up with the Masters champion. Though Schwartzel was not spectacular, he was consistent enough to allow Johnson to beat himself. A couple of late wins brought Johnson back into the contest, but the pair made matching birdies at the 17th hole to end the match.
K.T. Kim (International) def. Webb Simpson (U.S.), 1 up
Captain Greg Norman sent out Kim on the recommendation of Ryo Ishikawa, who lauded the Korean's match play prowess. Kim took charge with three wins in the middle of the front nine as Simpson 3-putted each of the losing holes. A back-nine charge pulled Simpson level, but a flawless birdie at the 17th by Kim secured the lead and the point.
Hunter Mahan (U.S.) def. Jason Day (International), 5 and 3
The Aussie was never in the match against Mahan, who was making up for being the losing point at last year's Ryder Cup. Mahan won five holes on the front side, all of them with pars as Day struggled overall. Day's two lone birdies netted him a pair of wins at Nos. 11 and 13, but were his only glimmer of hope. Mahan capped off a 4-0 week with a 13-footer to win the par-5 15th in birdie.
Nick Watney (U.S.) def. K.J. Choi (International), 3 and 2
Struggling through the partners matches, Watney played steady golf to take advantage of Choi's stumbles. Of the five holes Watney won, all but one were taken when Choi made bogey. When Watney got in trouble, he largely managed to get up-and-down for halves. Pressing on the final two holes, Choi missed badly off the tee to practically hand the match to Watney.
David Toms (U.S.) def. Robert Allenby (International), 7 and 5
The Royal Melbourne specialist was of no use in this match without any form to which the local knowledge could apply. Allenby made more 5s than 4s on his card, while Toms played a bogey-free match to put his opponent away quickly. Toms won eight holes to Allenby's one, on his lone birdie. Allenby went 0-4 on the week, losing in the fewest number of holes in a singles match in Presidents Cup history.
Geoff Ogilvy (International) def. Bill Haas (U.S.), 2 up
The match between good friends was competitive to the end, including when Haas had Ogilvy hole the final putt in front of his home crowd. Ogilvy, who skipped school as a child to get time on Royal Melbourne, would have won sooner were it not for a pair of mistakes at the fourth and 11th holes. The Aussie will end the week as the top point earner for the Internationals, taking 3.5 points.
Jim Furyk (U.S.) def. Ernie Els (International), 4 and 3
Furyk completed his bid to become the third player in Presidents Cup history to go 5-0 on the week. Starting with an eagle at the second, Furyk won four holes on the front side. Els won two holes when Furyk could not get out of the greenside bunker at the 10th, then 3-putted the 11th. Furyk regained his composure in the final two holes of the match, however, with approaches to a half-dozen feet for winning birdies.
Adam Scott (International) def. Phil Mickelson (U.S.), 2 and 1
The American got off to a horrific start, conceding each of the first three holes to Scott after making a unique mess of each hole. Mickelson went 4 down at the seventh but began chipping away at Scott at the 15th hole. A pair of birdies raised hopes of taking the match the distance, if not to sudden death, but a burnt edge at the 17th finished the rally.
Tiger Woods (U.S.) def. Aaron Baddeley (International), 4 and 3
Playing a match very similar to the trouncing he administered to Francesco Molinari last year at Celtic Manor, Woods was practically flawless against the Aussie. Woods made six birdies, dropped his first shot at the penultimate hole of the match and hit double-digit greens and fairways. With Woods in that form, there was nothing Baddeley could do but watch Woods earn the Cup-clinching point. Woods replicated his 2-3 mark from Royal Melbourne in '98.
Retief Goosen (International) def. Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 1 up
Like the opening match, this match featured the International player jumping out to a sizable lead before the American roared back on the second nine. Goosen opened up a three-hole lead by the time the pair had reached the 12th tee. Kuchar then rattled off three straight wins to pull even. It was a 3-putt by Kuchar at the 16th, however, that gave the final win to Goosen. Pars to the house by both players gave the point to the South African.
Steve Stricker (U.S.) def. Y.E. Yang (International), 2 and 1
A loss at the first hole for Stricker led to four consecutive wins for the Wisconsin native between the third and sixth. The next four holes were split with two wins for each player, all but one coming with pars. Yang found a couple of birdies at the 12th and 14th to pull closer, but Stricker held his ground in the final three holes as Yang went for broke.
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