Toms, Verplank top Presidents Cup scoring

MONTREAL (AP) — David Toms topped the Presidents Cup scoring table, beating Trevor Immelman 2 up Sunday to finish with 4 1/2 points in five matches.

"I played pretty well and I played with some good partners," Toms said. "It's been absolutely fantastic overall. It was a great atmosphere."

Toms teamed with Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson in foursomes and Woody Austin and Tiger Woods in fourball play at Royal Montreal.

"I got to play with Tiger for the first time and that was fun," Toms said.

Scott Verplank won all four of his matches. The 2001 Canadian Open winner at Royal Montreal, Verplank beat Rory Sabbatini 2 and 1.

"I just love playing team golf," Verplank said. "I have a pretty decent record in the Ryder Cup and I have a pretty good record in this just because I enjoy it so much."

Canadian Mike Weir's 1-up victory over Woods gave him an International-best 3-1-1 record. Els was second at 3-2-0.

CAPTAIN JACK: The eve of the final matches at the Presidents Cup is usually when the American team presents captain Jack Nicklaus with a gift, and this time it was Tiger Woods who came up with the present.

It was a Chelsea Ship Strike antique clock, which Barbara Nicklaus said every U.S. president since Woodrow Wilson has owned.

The gift was fitting because her husband has just taken ownership of a new boat.

"It said, 'To Captain Jack and his First Mate,'" she said. "And they put the names of every player on the bottom. It was a perfect gift for his new boat."

She said the new Nicklaus boat wasn't quite as big as Woods' 155-foot yacht "Privacy." But they have one thing in common. Woods said he has a Chelsea Ship Strike on board, too.

HISTORY LESSON: Tiger Woods lost the 18th hole and his match with Mike Weir after pulling his drive into the pond on the left side of the fairway.

Thirty-two years earlier, U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus hit into the same pond on the final hole of regulation in the Canadian Open, leading to a bogey en route to a playoff loss to Tom Weiskopf.

"He doesn't want to know aboutmy history," Nicklaus said.

Woods was asked if Nicklaus had told him about it.

"No," said Woods, who played the closing hole for the first time in five matches.

Assistant captain Jeff Sluman then joined in.

"Jack, ever hit a shot to the left?" Sluman asked Nicklaus, famous for playing a high left-to-right shot.

"I didn't hit enough club," Nicklaus replied.

FASHION STATEMENT: The International players' wives were a hit in their Canadian national team hockey jerseys.

"Liezl Els and Bricia Weir came up with that and the concierge at the hotel got them for us," said Vivienne Player, captain Gary Player's wife.

"I wish we'd had them all week."

She then quickly changed the subject to Mike Weir's victory over Tiger Woods.

"It's all about Mike Weir," she said. "What a thrill. To come back and beat Tiger was even better than if he had stayed ahead and won."

FINALLY: Phil Mickelson won for the first time in seven Presidents Cup singles matches, routing Vijay Singh 5 and 4 to improve to 1-3-3.

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