20.11.11 FINAL DAY PAIRINGS Singles matches: Webb Simpson (USA) v K. T. Kim (KOR) Dustin Johnson (USA) v Charl Schwartzel (RSA) Bubba Watson (USA) v Ryo Ishikawa (JPN) Bill Haas (USA) v Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) Hunter Mahan (USA) v Jason Day (AUS) Nick Watney (USA) v K. J. Choi (KOR) Phil Mickelson (USA) v Adam Scott (AUS) Matt Kuchar (USA) v Retief Goosen (RSA) Jim Furyk (USA) v Ernie Els (RSA) David Toms (USA) v Robert Allenby (AUS) Tiger Woods (USA) v Aaron Baddeley (AUS) Steve Stricker (USA) v Y. E. Yang (KOR)
18.11.11 7-5 HEADING INTO WEEKEND Pairings for Saturday morning Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson v Geoff Ogilvy/Robert Allenby Bill Haas/Matt Kuchar v Ernie Els/Ryo Ishikawa Hunter Mahan/David Toms v Retief Goosen/Charl Schwartzel Tiger Woods/Dustin Johnson v Adam Scott/KJ Choi Phil Mickelson/Jim Furyk v Aaron Baddeley/Jason Day.
18.11.11 INTERNATIONALS EDGE CLOSER Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson have been in terrific form all week. Simpson came into this in some of the hottest form on the PGA Tour and Watson is one of the game&aposs great creative players. Red hot form and a creative streak is getting the job done at Royal Melbourne. Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker defeated Robert Allenby and Y.E Yang 4&3 while Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day won 1up against Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods. It was a great comeback from Baddeley after yesterday&aposs closing hole and an important win as the Internationals push for a 7-5 scoreline going into the weekend.
18.11.11 BRUTAL CONDITIONS Royal Melbourne is currently at 11 on a scale of 1-10 difficulty according to Greg Norman. A rasping NNW wind and high temperatures are making the course an enormous challenge for all players. Very, very testing day out there for all.
17.11.11 SCOTT AND KJ TRIUMPH Adam Scott and KJ Choi staged a barnstorming 7&6 victory over Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods at Royal Melbourne. Both Woods and Stricker struggled off the tee and with Scott in exceptional form, the match only lasted to the 12th hole. FINAL SCORE – DAY 1: USA 4 – 2 INTERNATIONALS
16.11.11 THE PAIRINGS MATCH 1 Ernie Els-Ryo Ishikawa, International vs. Bubba Watson-Webb Simpson, U.S. MATCH 2 Bill Haas-Nick Watney, U.S. vs. Geoff Ogilvy-Charl Schwartzel, International MATCH 3 Aaron Baddeley-Jason Day, International vs. Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar, U.S. MATCH 4 Phil Mickelson-Jim Furyk, U.S. vs. Retief Goosen-Robert Allenby, International MATCH 5 K.T. Kim-Y.E. Yang, International vs. Hunter Mahan-David Toms, U.S. MATCH 6 Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker, U.S. vs. Adam Scott-K.J. Choi, International
16.11.11 COMING TO GRIPS WITH ROYAL MELBOURNE US team member Webb SImpson said the course was “hard to describe,” after having played it on Tuesday. “I don&apost think anyone could have have done it justice, (explaining it)” he added. The first time Presidents Cup team member said the greens at Royal Melbourne were about as firm as any he&aposd ever played. Most expect the greens to run at around 13.5 to 14 on the opening day. “My caddie and I were out there talking about how we played here and there are not many golf courses left like this where you get on a hole that&aposs 350 and 4 is a good score where in the States you make birdie all the time,” Simpson said. It was a different start for International Team member Charl Schwartzel who endured a 14 hour layover on his flight but feels ready to go on Thursday. Fellow South African Ernie Els feels the Masters champion&aposs game sets up well for the sandbelt. “He won the Masters this year so he&aposs got the perfect ball flight for these greens. He&aposs got it really nice and a high, a great short game. He&aposs got good lines off the tee so he&aposs ready to go,” Els said. Greg Norman and Fred Couples will hold a press conference at lunchtime today to announce their pairings for the opening day.