(The Presidents Cup Champions)

The team from The United States captured the 2011 Presidents Cup today, which was held under perfect conditions at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The Internationals put up a valiant effort in the Sunday singles matches, but despite taking 6 out of the 12 matches, they were unable to overcome the deficit that had built up over the previous three days.

Strong showings by Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson gave the Americans a solid edge for the week, while disappointing play from Robert Allenby, Ernie Els, Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day helped seal the Internationals’ Fate.

The two most important “stars” for the week, however, were Mother Nature and The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. With excessive heat, wind, rain, clouds and blue skies all making appearances (sometimes on the same hole) the weather left many players (and media professionals…and fans…) fatigued and wet. Meanwhile, the world-class golf course that is Royal Melbourne left everyone with a sense of awe and respect. Indeed, many of the players agreed that it was one of the best courses they had ever played on. And although the greens were considered “almost unplayable” by some, the truth of the matter is that the course will doubtless be a massive drawcard for golf tourism in Australia.

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Final Scores and Recaps:


Thursday Foursomes Matches – United States 4, Internationals 2

Match 1 Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (U.S.) defeated Ernie Els/Ryo Ishikawa (International), 4&2
Match 2 Bill Haas/Nick Watney (U.S.) halved with Geoff Ogilvy/Charl Schwartzel (International)
Match 3 Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) halved with Aaron Baddeley/Jason Day (International)
Match 4 Phil Mickelson/Jim Furyk (U.S.) defeated Retief Goosen/Robert Allenby (International), 4&3
Match 5 Hunter Mahan/David Toms (U.S.) defeated K.T. Kim/Y.E. Yang (International), 6&5
Match 6 K.J. Choi/Adam Scott (International) defeated Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker (U.S.), 7&6



Friday Four-Ball Matches – United States 3, Internationals 3

Match 7 Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (U.S.) defeated Ernie Els/Ryo Ishikawa (International), 3&1
Match 8 Jason Day/Aaron Baddeley (International) defeated Tiger Woods/Dustin Johnson (U.S.), 1 up
Match 9 Phil Mickelson/Jim Furyk (U.S.) defeated Adam Scott/K.T. Kim (International), 2&1
Match 10 Geoff Ogilvy/K.J. Choi (International) defeated Bill Haas/Nick Watney (U.S.), 1 up
Match 11 Steve Stricker/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) def. Y.E. Yang/Robert Allenby (International), 4&3
Match 12 Charl Schwartzel/Retief Goosen (International) def. Hunter Mahan/David Toms (U.S.), 2&1



Saturday Foursomes Matches – United States 4, Internationals 1

Match 13 Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (U.S.) defeated Robert Allenby/Geoff Ogilvy (International), 3&2
Match 14 Ernie Els/Ryo Ishikawa (International) defeated Matt Kuchar/Bill Haas (U.S.), 1 up
Match 15 Hunter Mahan/David Toms (U.S.) defeated Retief Goosen/Charl Schwartzel (International), 5&4
Match 16 Dustin Johnson/Tiger Woods(U.S.) defeated Adam Scott/K.J. Choi (International), 3&2
Match 17 Phil Mickelson/Jim Furyk (U.S.) def. Aaron Baddeley/Jason Day (International), 2&1



Saturday Four-ball Matches – Internationals 3, United States 2

Match 18 Retief Goosen/Charl Schwartzel (Intl’) defeated Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (U.S.), 2&1.
Match 19 K.T. Kim/Y.E. Yang (International) defeated Tiger Woods/Dustin Johnson (U.S.), 1 up
Match 20 Geoff Ogilvy/K.J. Choi (International) defeated Steve Stricker/Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 1 up.
Match 21 Hunter Mahan/Bill Haas (U.S.) defeated Aaron Baddeley/Jason Day (International), 2&1
Match 22 Jim Furyk/Nick Watney (U.S.) defeated Adam Scott/Ernie Els (International), 1 up



Sunday Singles Matches – Internationals 6, United States 6

Match 23 K.T. Kim (International) defeated Webb Simpson (U.S.), 1-up
Match 24 Charl Schwartzel (International) defeated Dustin Johnson (U.S.), 2&1
Match 25 Ryo Ishikawa (International) defeated Bubba Watson (U.S.), 3&2
Match 26 Geoff Ogilvy (International) defeated Bill Haas (U.S.), 2-up
Match 27 Hunter Mahan (U.S.) defeated Jason Day (International), 5&3
Match 28 Nick Watney (U.S.) defeated K.J. Choi (International), 3&2
Match 29 Adam Scott (International) defeated Phil Mickelson (U.S.), 2&1
Match 30 Retief Goosen (International) defeated Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 1-up
Match 31 Jim Furyk (U.S.) defeated Ernie Els (International), 4&3
Match 32 David Toms (U.S.) defeated Robert Allenby (International), 7&5
Match 33 Tiger Woods (U.S.) defeated Aaron Baddeley (International), 4&3
Match 34 Steve Stricker (U.S.) defeated Y.E. Yang (International), 2&1

FINAL RESULTS – United States 19, Internationals 15


International team – by country


Robert Allenby 0-4-0
Aaron Baddeley 1-3-1
Jason Day 1-3-1
Geoff Ogilvy 3-1-1
Adam Scott 2-3-0

South Africa
Ernie Els 1-4-0
Retief Goosen 3-2-0
Charl Schwartzel 3-1-1

South Korea
K. J. Choi 3-2-0
K.T. Kim 2-2-0
Y.E. Yang 1-3-0

Ryo Ishikawa 2-2-0

Captain’s Picks

Here’s a look at how the four Captain’s picks finished:

Robert Allenby (INT), 0-4-0
Aaron Baddeley (INT), 1-3-1
Tiger Woods (USA), 2-3-0
Bill Haas (USA), 1-3-1

With 1 ½ points scored between them, Robert Allenby (0-4-0) and Aaron Baddeley (1-3-1) set the record for fewest cumulative points scored by a team’s captain’s picks. The previous low was 2 ½.

The Presidents Cup rookies

Out of the 10 Presidents Cup rookies, three were victories during Sunday’s singles matches (K.T. Kim, Nick Watney and Charl Schwartzel).

Final Rookie Standings:

Player / Record / Points

Aaron Baddeley/ 1-3-1/ 1 ½
Jason Day/ 1-3-1/ 1 ½
Bill Haas/ 1-3-1/ 1 ½
Dustin Johnson/ 1-3-1/ 1 ½
K.T. Kim/ 2-2-0/ 2
Matt Kuchar/ 1-3-1/ 1 ½
Charl Schwartzel/ 3-1-1/ 3 ½
Webb Simpson/ 3-2-0/ 3
Nick Watney/ 2-1-1/ 2 ½
Bubba Watson/ 3-1-0/ 3



Match 23 K.T. Kim (International) vs. Webb Simpson (U.S.)

Riding the momentum of Saturday afternoon’s Four-Ball victory, K.T. Kim opened Sunday’s singles match,jumping to a 3-up lead through seven holes over Webb Simpson.

Simpson charged back, playing the back nine in 2-under-par and cut Kim’s lead to 1-up with a birdie on the 15th hole and then all square on the 16th hole with a two-putt par.

Kim fired back with a birdie on the 17th hole and clinched the point for the International team with a par on the 18th hole. Kim also made a similar par putt on the 18th hole on Saturday to win the afternoon match.



K.T. Kim

2-2-0 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
0-1-0 (Foursomes)
1-1-0 (Four-Ball)
1-0-0 (Singles)
2-2-0 (2011)

Webb Simpson

3-2-0 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
2-0-0 (Foursomes)
1-1-0 (Four-Ball)
0-1-0 (Singles)
3-2-0 (2011)

Match 24 Charl Schwartzel (International) defeated Dustin Johnson (U.S.), 2&1

In a matchup of two Presidents Cup rookies, Charl Schwartzel raced out to an early lead and found himself 2-up through three holes. A birdie at the 11th hole put the Masters champion at 4-up. Johnson closed the lead on the back nine, but Schwartzel knocked a birdie put on top of Johnson’s birdie at the 17th hole to close out the match 2&1 lead.

Schwartzel’s win on Sunday gives him 3 ½ points for the week in his first career Presidents Cup. The 3 ½ points were the most by any rookie this week.


Charl Schwartzel

3-1-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
0-1-1 (Foursomes)
2-0-0 (Four-Ball)
1-0-0 (Singles)
3-1-1 (2011)

Dustin Johnson

1-3-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
1-0-1 (Foursomes)
0-2-0 (Four-Ball)
0-1-0 (Singles)
1-3-1 (2011)


Match 25 Ryo Ishikawa (International) vs. Bubba Watson (United States), 3&2

Ryo Ishikawa won his singles match over Bubba Watson and now has a 2-0-0 record in singles matches at The Presidents Cup in his two years as a team member. Ishikawa rebounded from an 0-2-0 start this week to win his Saturday morning Foursomes match and win his singles match against Watson.


Ryo Ishikawa

4-4-0 (The Presidents Cup: 2009, 2011)
2-2-0 (Foursomes)
1-2-0 (Four-Ball)
2-0-0 (Singles)
2-2-0 (2011)

Bubba Watson

3-2-0 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
2-0-0 (Foursomes)
1-1-0 (Four-Ball)
0-1-0 (Singles)
3-2-0 (2011)

Match 26 Geoff Ogilvy (International) defeated Bill Haas (United States), 2-up

In a back and forth match in which neither player led by more than 1, Melbourne native Geoff Ogilvy defeated Bill Haas with a par on the 18th hole. Ogilvy is now undefeated in singles play in all three of his Presidents Cup appearances.

Ogilvy finished the week with a 3-1-1 record, the only Australian on the team with a winning record.


Geoff Ogilvy

7-6-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2007, 2009, 2011)
0-4-1 (Foursomes)
4-2-0 (Four-Ball)
3-0-0 (Singles)
3-1-1 (2011)

Bill Haas

1-3-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
0-1-1 (Foursomes)
1-1-0 (Four-Ball)
0-1-0 (Singles)
1-3-1 (2011)

Match 27 Hunter Mahan (United States) vs. Jason Day (International), 5&3

Hunter Mahan enjoyed one of the better weeks for the United States team, recording his fourth point for the Americans with a 5&3 victory over Australian Jason Day. A day earlier, Mahan drilled a long putt on the 17th hole as he and Bill Haas beat Day and Aaron Baddeley in a Four-Ball match.

Mahan and Furyk are the only players to earn 4 or more points this week.


Hunter Mahan

8-5-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2007, 2009, 2011)
4-1-1 (Foursomes)
2-3-0 (Four-Ball)
2-1-0 (Singles)
4-1-0 (2011)

Jason Day

1-3-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
0-1-1 (Foursomes)
1-1-0 (Four-Ball)
0-1-0 (Singles)
1-3-1 (2011)

Match 28 Nick Watney (United States) defeated K.J. Choi (International), 3&2

With his 3&2 victory over K.J. Choi, Nick Watney became the only rookie on the U.S. Team to earn a point in Sunday’s singles matches. The other five rookies (Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Bill Haas and Matt Kuchar) all lost their matches on Sunday.


Nick Watney

2-1-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
0-0-1 (Foursomes)
1-1-0 (Four-Ball)
1-0-0 (Singles)
2-1-1 (2011)

K.J. Choi

6-8-0 (The Presidents Cup: 2003, 2007, 2009)
1-4-0 (Foursomes)
3-3-0 (Four-Ball)
2-1-0 (Singles)
3-2-0 (2011)

Match 29 Adam Scott (International) defeated (Unites States), 2-up

Phil Mickelson conceded the first three holes of his match against Adam Scott as Scott was 4-up through 5 holes in one of the headline matches on Sunday. The match remained lopsided through the first 14 holes with Adam Scott remaining 4-up. Mickelson birdied the next two holes (15, 16) to make it interesting, but couldn’t match Scott’s par on the 17th hole.


Adam Scott

9-13-2 (The Presidents Cup: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
5-4-1 (Foursomes)
3-6-1 (Four-Ball)
2-3-0 (Singles)
2-3-0 (2011)

Phil Mickelson

18-14-10 (The Presidents Cup: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
9-6-2 (Foursomes)
7-4-5 (Four-Ball)
2-4-3 (Singles)
3-1-0 (2011)

Match 30 Matt Kuchar (United States) vs. Retief Goosen (International)

Retief Goosen reached the 18th hole for the first time this week during his singles with Matt Kuchar. Goosen finished this week with a 3-2-0 record, rebounding from a 2009 Presidents Cup in which he finished 0-3-1.

Kuchar and Goosen both played the front nine without a bogey.


Retief Goosen

14-12-3 (The Presidents Cup: 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
2-8-2 (Foursomes)
8-2-1 (Four-Ball)
4-2-0 (Singles)
3-2-0 (2011)

Matt Kuchar

1-3-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
0-1-1 (Foursomes)
1-1-0 (Four-Ball)
0-1-0 (Singles)
1-3-1 (2011)

Match 31 Jim Furyk (United States) vs. Ernie Els (International)

Jim Furyk defeated Ernie Els 4&3 to finish as the only player to record a 5-0-0 record at this year’s Presidents Cup. With the win, Furyk now has 20 victories in his Presidents Cup career, tied with Tiger Woods for the most all-time.

Jim Furyk joins three other players who have gone 5-0-0 in The Presidents Cup history: Shigeki Maruyama (5-0-0, 1998); Mark O’Meara (5-0-0, 1996); Tiger Woods (5-0-0, 2009).

With a 5-2 career singles record, Furyk is tied for the all-time lead in singles victories.

Furyk, playing in his seventh career Presidents Cup, has only had a losing record in his first-ever appearance (1996).


Jim Furyk

20-10-3 (The Presidents Cup: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
7-3-3 (Foursomes)
8-5-0 (Four-Ball)
5-2-0 (Singles)
5-0-0 (2011)

Ernie Els

17-16-2 (The Presidents Cup: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011)
6-7-1 (Foursomes)
8-5-1 (Four-Ball)
3-4-0 (Singles)
1-4-0 (2011)

Match 32 David Toms (United States) defeated Robert Allenby (International), 7&5

David Toms’ 7&5 victory at the 13th hole is second only to David Frost’s 7&6 win at the 1996 Presidents Cup as the shortest singles matches in tournament history. Toms is now 3-1 in singles play in his Presidents Cup career. Toms also finished the week with a 3-1 record.

Robert Allenby (0-4-0) ties John Huston’s mark for fewest points scored by a captain’s pick. Huston went 0-4-0 in 1998 at Royal Melbourne.

With an overall record of 8-17-3, Allenby has more losses (17) than any other player in Presidents Cup history.

In Toms’ three victories this week he won 6&5, 5&4 and 7&5, playing only 40 holes in his three victories.

Toms was the only player on Sunday to go without a bogey.


David Toms

9-8-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011)
5-3-0 (Foursomes)
1-4-1 (Four- Ball)
3-1-0 (Singles)
3-1-0 (2011)

Robert Allenby

8-17-3 (The Presidents Cup: 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2011)
3-7-2 (Foursomes)
4-6-0 (Four-Ball)
1-4-1 (Singles)
0-4-0 (2011)

Match 33 Tiger Woods (United States) defeated Aaron Baddeley (International),

Tiger Woods played the front nine in 3-under-par and clinched the Presidents Cup with his fifth birdie of the day on the 15th hole by beating Aaron Baddeley. Woods has now clinched the Cup two years in a row. In 2009, Tiger Woods clinched The Presidents Cup on the 13th hole of his match against Y.E. Yang, winning 6&5.

The only other player to clinch the cup in multiple President Cups was Fred Couples who also clinched twice in 1994 and 1996.

Woods becomes the first captain’s pick to clinch the Presidents Cup.

With his win, Woods now has 20 career Presidents Cup victories, tied with Jim Furyk for the most career wins.

Woods’ singles record moves to 5-2. His five wins in singles play is also tied for the most with Jim Furyk.

SCORE WHEN MATCH FINISHED: 18-14 (Clinched cup)

Tiger Woods

20-14-1 (The Presidents Cup: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)

10-3-1 (Foursomes)
5-9-0 (Four-Ball)
5-2-0 (Singles)
2-3-0 (2011)

Aaron Baddeley

1-3-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2011)
0-1-1 (Foursomes)
1-1-0 (Four-Ball)
0-1-0 (Singles)
1-3-1 (2011)

Match 34 Steve Stricker (U.S.) defeated Y.E. Yang (International), 2&1

Steve Stricker won the final singles match, giving the U.S. team 19 points for the week. Stricker, who was all but unbeatable in 2009 when paired with Tiger Woods, came to Royal Melbourne after a neck/shoulder injury put his status for The Presidents Cup 2011 in question. Stricker finished the week with a 2-2-0 record.

Yang had a tough opening nine holes with bogeys on holes 3, 5, 6 and 8 and a double bogey at No. 4.

Steve Stricker

11-8-0 (The Presidents Cup: 1996, 2007, 2009, 2011)
4-3-0 (Foursomes)
5-3-0 (Four-Ball)
2-2-0 (Singles)
2-2-0 (2011)

Y.E. Yang

3-5-1 (The Presidents Cup: 2009, 2011)
1-1-1 (Foursomes)
2-2-0 (Four-Ball)
0-1-0 (Singles)
1-3-0 (2011)


(Stats & Recaps courtesy of The PGA Tour & The Presidents Cup office)

About Richard Fellner

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