Presidents Cup capsules: Sunday singles

Presidents Cup capsules: Sunday singles

MONTREAL (AP) — A capsule look at the matches Sunday in the Presidents Cup:


International 7, United States 5

Scott Verplank (USA) def. Rory Sabbatini (INT), 2 and 1.

Sabbatini recovered from a skulled bunker shot on the opening hole by winning consecutive holes with pars to build a 1-up lead. Another bogey by Verplank gave the South African a 2-up lead, but Verplank didn’t lose another hole. He squared the match with a birdie on the 12th, then made birdies on the 16th and 17th hole to win, making him the only player with a perfect record for the week.

Ernie Els (INT) def. Lucas Glover (USA), 2 up.

Glover seized control by winning three holes in a four-hole stretch, twice on blunders by the Big Easy. Els stayed in the match with a birdie at No. 8 to the cut the deficit to one. He squared the match with a birdie on the 13th, then made another big putt on the 14th for his first lead in the match. Glover came back with a birdie on his own to again forge a tie, but he three-putted from 45 feet on the 16th to fall one hole behind, and Els hung on.

Phil Mickelson (USA) def. Vijay Singh (INT), 5 and 4.

There is no love lost between these two players since they argued in the Augusta National champions locker room over Mickelson’s spikes at the 2005 Masters. Mickelson, in soft spikes, hit his opening tee shot so far left it nearly went into the ninth fairway. That was the only hole he lost. Mickelson won the next hole with a birdie to square the match, took the lead with a par on the third and was 3 up at the turn. He closed out the match on the 14th when Singh missed a 5-foot birdie putt.

Mike Weir (INT) def. Tiger Woods (USA), 1 up.

In the match of the week, Weir jumped out to a big lead with a 10-foot birdie on the second, Woods’ bogey from the bunker at No. 4, and Woods hitting out-of-bounds on the sixth. Woods twice missed putts inside 8 feet that would have turned the momentum, but he took care of that with an approach into 9 inches on the 11th and an up-and-down for birdie on the 12th. Woods squared the match when Weir took bogey on the 14th, went 1 up on the next hole when Weir hit into the hazard, and it looked like the match might end. Weir, however, birdied the 17th from 10 feet and won the 18th for a victory when Woods drove into a water hazard.

Angel Cabrera (INT) def. Woody Austin (USA), 2 and 1.

Cabrera never trailed, but it was tight throughout the match. He took a 2-up lead at No. 10 with a birdie, only for Austin to birdie the next hole. The highlight of the match came on the 14th, the scene of where Austin fell into the lake on Friday. This time, he donned a swimming mask walking up the fairway. Cabrera drove into the water on the 16th to lose the hole, but he won the match on the 17th when he made a 10-foot birdie.

Adam Scott (INT) def. Zach Johnson (USA), 2 and 1.

After trading birdies on the first two holes, Scott seized control with a 7-foot birdie on the fifth and reaching the sixth green in two for a birdie to go 2 up. Johnson won the first two holes on the back nine to square the match until Scott, who had trouble closing this week, answered with another birdie on a par 5 at No. 12, followed by a chip that settled inches from the cup at No. 14. He closed out the match with his seventh birdie of the round at No. 17.

David Toms (USA) def. Trevor Immelman (INT), 2 up.

Toms became the American’s leading point-earner with a solid round, though nothing spectacular. He didn’t make his first birdie until the 12th hole, but that gave him a 2-up lead because Immelman had dropped shots on the eighth and ninth holes. Toms went 3 up with a birdie on the 14th until the South African came charging back with birdies on the next two holes. Needing to win the 18th for a halve, Immelman pulled his tee shot into the water.

Stewart Cink (USA) def. Nick O’Hern (INT), 6 and 4.

Cink never had to attempt his 5-foot birdie putt, otherwise it might have been his eighth birdie in 14 holes. He opened with five straight birdies to build a 4-up lead, including a 40-footer on No. 1 and a 35-footer on No. 4. Cink went 5 up on the eighth with a birdie. O’Hern won the next two holes, but the comeback ended when Cink birdied the par-5 12th and O’Hern took bogey on the 13th. The victory was the decisive point for the Americans winning the Presidents Cup.

Geoff Ogilvy (INT) def. Steve Stricker (USA), 1 up.

Ogilvy won the second hole with a 12-foot birdie, and went 1 up again on No. 8 with a putt from about the same distance. But he let Stricker back into the match with a three-putt bogey on the par-5 12th, and Stricker squared it with an 18-foot birdie on the 13th. Then came another blunder in the bunker for Ogilvy to lose the 14th, but he rallied just in time. Trailing for the first time, Ogilvy birdied the 16th, then won the 18th when it took Stricker four shots to reach the 18th green.

K.J. Choi (INT), def. Hunter Mahan (USA), 3 and 2.

Choi was the only International player without a point going into the singles, and he was shaky early with consecutive bogeys to fall one hole down through five. But he finally found his form on the back nine. He birdied the 10th to square the match, shared birdied with Mahan on the 12th to keep it that way, then pulled ahead with a birdie on the 14th. Mahan bogeyed the next two holes to lose the match.

Charles Howell III (USA) def. Stuart Appleby (INT), 2 and 1.

This might have been the most explosive match not many saw. The cup already had been decided and Appleby was 1 up after Howell drove it into the water. Then, the young American went on a tear with five straight birdies to build a 3 up lead and go dormie. Howell bogeyed the next hole to give Appleby momentum, then made yet another birdie from 15 feet to win. Appleby went to 0-5 in singles.

Retief Goosen (INT) def. Jim Furyk (USA), 2 and 1.

Furyk holed out for eagle from 90 yards on the second hole and went 2 up on the fourth when Goosen pulled his tee shot into the bunker. But Goosen rallied with a birdie on the par-3 fifth, then ran off three straight birdies starting at No. 7 to take a 2-up lead to the back nine. Both times Furyk closed within one, Goosen answered with a birdie. The second time was a 10-foot putt on the 17th to close out the match and hand Furyk his first Presidents Cup loss in singles.

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