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Woods and Furyk paired again after big loss

MONTREAL (AP) — Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk hope they'll have better luck together Saturday morning in the Presidents Cup than they did Friday afternoon.

Coming off a 5-and-4 fourball loss to Vijay Singh and Stuart Appleby, the American stars will face Ernie Els and Adam Scott in the third foursomes match Saturday morning. The best-ball loss was Woods' worst in team competition.

Singh and Appleby were 11 under through 14 holes.

"We ran into a tough match," said Woods, 2-7 in Presidents Cup best-ball play.

"Not like we were playing bad. We shot 6 under, but we played the same holes. ... We needed to take it a lot deeper than that and we didn't do it."

International captain Gary Player paired Singh and Canadian Mike Weir for their second straight alternate-shot match. On Thursday, they earned the International side's lone half-point in the opening session in an exciting match with Phil Mickelson and Woody Austin, who also will be back together Saturday.

Singh and Weir will face Scott Verplank and Lucas Glover in the fourth of the five morning matches, while Mickelson and Austin will meet Appleby and Retief Goosen in the second match. In the other morning matches, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan will open against South Africans Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini, and David Toms and Zach Johnson will face Australians Nick O'Hern and Geoff Ogilvy in the finale.

Americans Charles Howell III and Stewart Cink will sit out the morning session along with International player Angel Cabrera and K.J. Choi.

The teams will play five fourball matches Saturday afternoon, then wrap up the competition Sunday with 12 singles matches.


RALLY CRY: Stuart Appleby credited the International comeback Friday to a motivational speech assistant captain Ian Baker-Finch delivered on the bus ride back to the hotel the night before.

Well, sort of.

"It wasn't anything like Gen. Schwarzkopf," Appleby said. "I think we're going to get Retief (Goosen) to do the next one. His will be a lot shorter."

What was said?

"That's a secret," International captain Gary Player said, laughing.

There wasn't much to say. The Americans won 5 1/2 points from the opening six matches, but four of them went to the 18th hole. Goosen said that was evidence the teams were closely matched, and the Internationals simply had to figure out how to win the 18th.

That they did.

It had been since Saturday in South Africa four years ago that the International team earned a full point from a match that had gone the distance. Goosen and Angel Cabrera did the trick when the Argentine holed a 10-foot birdie putt for a 1-up victory.

They won another match on the final hole when Geoff Ogilvy made a 5-foot birdie.

"We all know we didn't play that bad," Goosen said. "The 18th has not been good to us, so it was nice to have the 18th on our side."

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