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Sports Presidents Cup 2019: Tiger makes six birdies, provides lone bright spot on disappointing Day 1 for Americans

14:26  12 december  2019
14:26  12 december  2019 Source:   golfdigest.com

Tiger Woods score: Stumbles early, late in Round 1 at Hero World Challenge leave him way back of lead

  Tiger Woods score: Stumbles early, late in Round 1 at Hero World Challenge leave him way back of lead Big Cat went out in 38 on Wednesday in the Bahamas, but it got a lot better from thereFront nine (2-over 38): Woods didn't make a par on a par 5 on the front nine on Wednesday. Two bogeys and a birdie on the par 5s plus one other bogey left him 2 over on that side and scuffling with Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau near the bottom of the board. I don't know if that was what I expected, but I wasn't necessarily surprised. Woods has a lot going on right now and didn't open this tournament very well last year when he only shot one of his four rounds in the 60s.

Woods made six birdies overall in a masterful performance on Thursday at Royal Melbourne to carry him and Justin Thomas to a 4-and-3 victory over the The Americans led the rest of the way, though the International duo did their best to make things interesting. Leishman, a local favorite given his

Tiger -Thomas pairing to kick off Presidents Cup . Both are Presidents Cup rookies, though each did compete last year in the Americans ' disastrous loss in France. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept

Tiger Woods holding a golf club: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 12: Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the United States team celebrates after chipping in on the fifth hole during Thursday four-ball matches on day one of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on December 12, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)© Warren Little/Getty Images MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 12: Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the United States team celebrates after chipping in on the fifth hole during Thursday four-ball matches on day one of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on December 12, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE — The playing captain's objectives were simple: set the tone and make sure the first point of the Presidents Cup went red, white and blue.

Tiger Woods birdied his first two holes of the day. Tone, set. He birdied his last two holes of the day. Point, secured.

Reed holds 3-shot lead midway through Hero World Challenge

  Reed holds 3-shot lead midway through Hero World Challenge Patrick Reed pulled away from the field with his second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a three-shot lead after Round 2 at the Hero World Challenge. The 29-year-old entered Thursday's round sharing the top spot with Gary Woodland. But thanks to eight birdies - and one bogey on No. 17 - Reed gave himself a large cushion with 36 holes to play."Captain America" is trying to remove any doubt as to whether he truly deserved a selection for next week's Presidents Cup from Tiger Woods with a victory in the Bahamas.Speaking of Tiger, the tournament host rebounded from opening-round 72 with a bogey-free 66 on Day 2.

Woods, the player, birdied six of the 15 holes needed to win his match but Woods, the captain, then watched his squad get drubbed on the first day of the event. Tiger Woods celebrates after chipping in on the fifth hole during Day One of the 2019 Presidents Cup .

Woods actually made six birdies on the day (including a thriller on the par-3 17th), but too many errors on his approach shots led to a spot outside the top 25 after Day 1 at TPC Sawgrass. Let's take a look at his round. Front nine (even-par 36): Woods started on the first tee and didn't do much for the first

Woods made six birdies overall in a masterful performance on Thursday at Royal Melbourne to carry he and Justin Thomas to a 4-and-3 victory over the Internationals' Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.

Thomas, asked what was working so well between he and Mr. Woods, put it succinctly: "Tiger was working well between the two of us."

It started on the very first hole, Woods and Thomas playing in the lead-off match. Woods hit his trusty cut off the tee, then nipped a pitch off a tight lie that landed, checked, then rolled out to gimme-range. One up to the Americans. On the second, a dogleg-right par 5, Woods sliced a fairway wood from the right rough to just in front of the green. His pitched finished above the hole—a big no-no at this vaunted Alister MacKenzie gem where the greens are running somewhere around 14 on the Stimpmeter—but walked in the delicate birdie effort to push the lead to 2 up.

Tiger dominates to claim 1st point for United States

  Tiger dominates to claim 1st point for United States Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas defeated Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann by a score of 4 and 3 to earn the United States its first point of the Presidents Cup. Woods put himself and Thomas in the first match and quickly set the tone. Tiger cozied a chip next to the cup on the first hole to take the lead and the American duo never looked back. Captain Woods added five more birdies to his pairing's scorecard to make quick work of the International competition.Afterward, Thomas was asked what worked well between the two. "Tiger was," he said.

© 2019 Copyright RFI - All rights reserved. RFI is not responsible for the content of external websites. " I got a phone call twice, unfortunately and fortunately," said An on Tuesday as he prepared to make his Presidents Cup debut at Royal Melbourne against the Tiger Woods-led Americans .

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The Americans led the rest of the way, though the International duo did their best to make things interesting. Leishman, a local favorite given his Aussie roots, birdied the third hole to cut the deficit to 1 down, but the Yanks would go on to win the next two. Thomas expertly navigated the contoured fourth green with his approach, landing it some 30 feet left of the flag before it trickled to 10 feet below the hole. The putt was dead center. Back to 2 up.

The highlight of the day came at the fifth hole, a 148-yard par 3 with a cavernous bunker in front of the green. Woods' tee shot landed on the putting surface but trickled down to the rough between two bunkers. He played a bump-and-run that never looked destined for anywhere but the bottom of the cup.

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After it did indeed fall, Woods pointed to Thomas, then pointed to the hole. His message was clear, and reminiscent of Jordan Spieth's famous instructions to caddie Michael Greller at the 2017 Open Championship at Birkdale: Go get that. When the captain tells you to do something, you do it. Thomas happily fetched the Bridgestone out of the cup and tossed it to his buddy "T Dub."

Internationals lead Presidents Cup for 1st time since 2005 after Day 1

  Internationals lead Presidents Cup for 1st time since 2005 after Day 1 The Internationals lead the Americans 4-1 after Day 1 of the Presidents Cup to hold their first advantage after a session in the team competition since 2005. The best players for Ernie Els' side showed up Thursday. With the help from their rookie partners, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, and Adam Scott all earned a full point for the Internationals. Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer stunned Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland with a 4-and-3 victory. Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas were the only winning pairing for the United States. Captain Woods played the best of all the Americans, making six birdies in 15 holes to secure his team a point.

With Day ’s short birdie putt already conceded on the 12th hole, Oosthuizen had a putt for eagle while Spieth had a putt for birdie . The win was Mickelson’s 25th in the Presidents Cup , a record he shared for one day with assistant captain Tiger Woods. The lone bright spot for the Internationals in

Phil Mickelson set a Presidents Cup record with his 25th victory, breaking the record set by Tiger Woods. Mickelson hit two wedges into birdie range in the morning foursomes session with Kevin Kisner, when the Americans Even in the lone loss of the day , the Americans made it hard on them.

After struggling quite a bit on the early holes of his first-ever team match, Niemann, 21, made a three-perfect-shot birdie at the sixth hole, then Leishman made a winning par at seven to cut the lead again to 1 up.

That was the last hole the Internationals won. Woods won the drivable par-4 11th with a delightful, 30-yard bunker shot that led to a conceded birdie. His fifth birdie of the day came via a high-cut to eight feet at the par-3 14th, then he struct the decisive blow with a four-footer for birdie at the par-5 15th.

The victory was Woods' 24th in the Presidents Cup, bringing him one behind Phil Mickelson for the all-time record in this competition.

When this event started, few expected Woods to play all five sessions, given his captaincy duties and a body that turns 44 later this month. But Woods didn't just look like the player who won the Zozo Championship and contended at the Hero World Challenge. He looked like the best player at Royal Melbourne, and general team strategy dictates playing your best player whenever possible. Captain Woods has some tough lineup choices ahead, but Player Woods did his best to make at least one aspect of those choices rather simple.

Another tricky thing about being a captain—even a playing captain—is you can only control what you can control. Once you set the lineup, it's up to the players to carry their weight. That didn't happen on Thursday, as Woods and Thomas' point was the only one the Americans won. The Internationals will take a 4-1 lead into the foursomes session on Friday.

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Couples: Physical concerns forced Tiger to sit Saturday at Presidents Cup .
After playing brilliantly in the opening two rounds at the Presidents Cup, Tiger Woods sat out all of Saturday with his team trailing. The move shocked fans, as well as Woods' vice captains. They knew he would not play the morning session but were stunned to learn he was taking the entire day off because of physical concerns. "At about 10 o'clock, Tiger said, 'Guys, my body's not going to let me go. I'm not going to play this afternoon,'" FredThe move shocked fans, as well as Woods' vice captains. They knew he would not play the morning session but were stunned to learn he was taking the entire day off because of physical concerns.

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