Best and worst of Presidents Cup

Best and worst of Presidents Cup

Adam Scott
Kohjiro Kinno


Best Drive
Adam Scott, Internationals The much-scrutinized captain’s selection summoned a monster mash down the middle of the fairway on the 1st hole, an impressive display of brio that foreshadowed his strong play during Scott’s and Ernie Els’s 2-and-1 victory over Hunter Mahan and Sean O’Hair.

Worst Putt
Justin Leonard, U.S. In the final match of the day, J Low had a four-footer on the 18th hole that would have given him and partner Jim Furyk a hard-fought victory over Retief Goosen and Y.E. Yang. Leonard yipped it, forcing the U.S. to settle for a halve and a 3 1/2-2 1/2 overall lead at day’s end.

Best Recovery
Leonard Following the halve, he had Furyk’s caddie, Fluff Cowan, line up five shot glasses in the team room. Leonard stormed in and started pounding the shots, quieting the room. Furyk’s wife, Tabitha, was so concerned that she beseeched her husband to intervene. After the fifth shot Leonard revealed that the glasses were filled with water.

Best Random Celebrity Sightings
Barry Bonds, Charles Schwab


Best Shot
Mike Weir, Internationals At one stage, behind in five of six four-ball matches, the Internationals rallied furiously, highlighted by Weir’s spectacular fairway metal on the 18th hole. His ball hard against a fence with a squirrelly lie, Weir ripped it to 20 feet for an eagle opportunity that iced a 2-up victory over Furyk and Anthony Kim.

Best Putt
Tim Clark, Internationals His do-or-die 14-footer for eagle on 18 to steal a win with Vijay Singh over Lucas Glover-Stewart Cink was pivotal, helping the Ints climb to within a point.

Worst Case of Tigeritis
Ogilvy The Internationals’ best player (according to the World Ranking) had the misfortune of going up against Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker two days running and played miserably in a 5-and-3 defeat alongside a listless Angel Cabrera. Ogilvy’s back-to-back debacles got him benched for Saturday-morning foursomes.

Best Random Celebrity Sightings
Bill Clinton, John Madden, Willie Mays


Best Bilingual Skills
Yang The Korean is conversant in Japanese, helping to put Ryo Ishikawa at ease as they turned into a formidable team, with young Ryo showing a little more swagger during a 3-and-2 takedown of Zach Johnson and Kenny Perry.

Best Use of Sulking Time
Ogilvy He came out on Saturday afternoon with guns blazing, sparking the all-Australian pairing of himself and Robert Allenby to a 2-and-1 victory over the woebegone duo of Cink (0-3-1 in partner play) and Glover (0-3-0).

Muggsy Bogues Award
Clark The 5’7″ South African was the shortest hitter on either team, but he made an absurd number of birdies in two matches on Saturday. Unfortunately he didn’t get much help from his mates. Weir blew a four-footer on the 17th hole in morning foursomes, opening the door for Woods-Stricker. Then, in the afternoon four-ball, Singh was largely absent, leading to a halve with Phil Mickelson-O’Hair.

Best Random Celebrity Sightings
Condoleezza Rice, Ken Venturi


Classiest Move
Singh On the 18th hole he conceded a 10-footer to Glover, halving their match and giving Glover his first (partial) point of the week.

Keenest Teenybopper
Ishikawa The 18-year-old captain’s pick beat 49-year-old Kenny Perry, capping a 3-2 week during which he earned effusive praise from the holy trinity of Woods, Greg Norman and Johnny Miller, among others.