Date: September 30, 2007

Mixed bag for Aussies as US power ahead

It was a mixed bag for the Aussies on the third day of the Presidents Cup with just Stuart Appleby recording a win for the internationals as the US went further ahead. Appleby was partnered by Fijian Vijay Singh, the pair edging Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan one-up. Adam Scott and out-of-form Retief Goosen managed to take a share of the points against Phil Mickelson and Woody Austin, while Aussie pair Geoff Ogilvy and Nick O&aposHern was completely outclassed by Tiger Woods and David Toms five and three. The United States head into the final day of the Presidents Cup with a seven-point lead after leaving the International team stunned after Saturday&aposs action in Montreal. The International team are in need of a miracle in tomorrow&aposs singles to have any chance of claiming victory at Royal Montreal. With 12 singles matches to be played, the US need only three points to win the trophy. Ahead by only two points at the start of the days play, the Americans took command by sweeping the five morning foursomes. They then eked out a share of the spoils in the afternoon fourballs – winning two matches, halving one and losing two others to finish the day leading 14.5 -7.5. Stewart Cink made three late birdies as he and Jim Furyk came from behind to edge Angel Cabrera and KJ Choi one up. “To make the one on the last hole sure felt good,” Mickelson said, after sinking a 20-footer. The Internationals picked up their first point of the day when Canadian Mike Weir and South African Ernie Els beat Lucas Glover and Charles Howell four and two. “It&aposs huge for us to turn it around,” said Woods. “This morning we played well and this afternoon turned the tide on them and kept them at bay, because you know how dangerous they can be at singles.”