Date: September 28, 2007

US race to five-point lead

Tiger Woods The United States jumped to a record five-point lead over the International team after the opening-day foursomes at the Presidents Cup. The Americans made just about the perfect start, winning five matches and halving the other on a bleak day for the Internationals at Royal Montreal. Four matches were very close, finishing on the 18th hole – but that was little consolation to the International team, a collection of the best players from outside Europe, even if they didn&apost look like it down the stretch. In the only match the Americans did not win, Woody Austin – who played with Phil Mickelson – sank a 13-foot putt to finish all square with Mike Weir and Vijay Singh. Tiger Woods played solidly with partner Charles Howell to beat Nick O&aposHern and KJ Choi three and one. “Our guys were sensational today,” said US captain Jack Nicklaus. The US have historically dominated the opening foursomes. In the seven stagings of the event, they have a 27-11 advantage after the first day of competition. Day 1 Foursomes of the President s Cup: Steve Stricker/Hunter Mahan (USA) bt Adam Scott/Geoff Ogilvy (Internationals) 3 & 2 Phil Mickelson/Woody Austin (USA) halved with Vijay Singh/Mike Weir (Internationals) Stewart Cink/Zach Johnson (USA) bt Rory Sabbatini/Trevor Immelman (Internationals) 1 up David Toms/Jim Furyk (USA) bt Ernie Els/Angel Cabrera (Internationals) 1 up Lucas Glover/Scott Verplank (USA) bt Stuart Appleby/Retief Goosen (Internationals) 2 up Tiger Woods/Charles Howell III (USA) bt KJ Choi/Nick O Hern (Internationals) 3 & 1