Jim Furyk beat Ernie Els in singles to cap a 5-0 week.
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By Gary Van Sickle
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The 19-15 final score sounds like it wasn’t close, but it actually was for a while on Sunday during the Internationals’ furious charge.

The Star Player of the Week was Jim Furyk, an unlikely prospect.

With greens stimping at 14  and winds gusting, Royal Melbourne Golf Club is a handful for the world’s best players.

It makes me wonder if International captain Greg Norman outsmarted himself by setting up the course to be so difficult.

Royal Melbourne forced the world’s best players to hit some shots that made you stand in awe.

World, meet K.T. Kim. Kim, meet World.

Team match play, reduced to its most basic molecule, is about putting.


The TV talking heads decided that the Internationals’ inability to play in the foursomes format (alternate shot) was what killed their chances.

Fred Couples has always been seen as the ultimate cool guy, How I Met Your Mother.)

I can’t think of any reason Fred shouldn’t captain the U.S. team again in two years.

Greg Norman was just one of the guys early in his career

Norman said he’d like to see the International captain get four wild-card picks instead of two,

Give credit to the Internationals

The Internationals is a cumbersome team name.

If there’s such a thing as too much golf on TV, Saturday was it.

The goat of the week wasn’t necessarily Robert Allenby, who went 0-4.

Maybe it was the wind, maybe it was a lack of microphones, but the atmosphere at Royal Melbourne didn’t seem as electric as a Ryder Cup.

The Presidents Cup is fun

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