The 2011 Presidents Cup was the ninth Presidents Cup, held 17–20 November in Australia at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Black Rock, Victoria, a suburb southeast of Melbourne. The United States team won by a score of 19 to 15 over the International team. Jim Furyk won all five of his matches.
|2011 Presidents Cup|
|Dates||17–20 November 2011|
|Venue||Royal Melbourne Golf Club|
|Location||Black Rock, Victoria, Australia|
|USA wins the Presidents Cup|
The first day consisted of six matches of foursomes, the second day had six matches of fourball. The third day consisted of five matches of foursomes in the morning and five matches of fourball in the afternoon. On the fourth and final day, twelve singles matches were played. 34 matches were played in all.
Both teams had 12 players plus a non-playing captain. Members of the U.S. Team were selected based on official PGA Tour earnings from the 2009 Wyndham Championship through the 2011 BMW Championship. Prize money in 2011 events counted double. International Team players were chosen on the basis of the Official World Golf Ranking through the 2011 BMW Championship. The International Team did not include players eligible for the European Ryder Cup Team. The top 10 players from each list made their respective teams and the captains choose the remaining two players.
|Greg Norman||Australia||56||Non-playing captain|
|Tim Clark||South Africa||35||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Frank Nobilo||New Zealand||51||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Charl Schwartzel||South Africa||27||3||13||0||Rookie|
|K. J. Choi||South Korea||41||4||15||2||9||3–6–0||33.33|
|Kim Kyung-tae||South Korea||25||5||24||0||Rookie|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||42||6||51||5||24||11–10–3||52.08|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||42||8||52||6||30||16–12–2||56.67|
|Yang Yong-eun||South Korea||39||9||43||1||5||2–2–1||50.00|
|United States team|
|Fred Couples||52||Non-playing captain|
|John Cook||54||Non-playing assistant captain|
|Jay Haas||57||Non-playing assistant captain|
Greg Norman selected his first pair and Fred Couples selected his pair to play against them. For the second match Couples made the first selection, Norman the second. This process continued until only the last two pairs remain. Media interest centred on the pairing of Adam Scott and his caddy Steve Williams with Tiger Woods; Williams having been Woods caddy for many years. All matches were in alternate shot format.
There were some dramatic lead changes throughout the first day. The International team was off to a fast start and at one point led in 5 of the 6 matches. But in the middle of the round the Americans bounced back. Watson/Simpson were 2 down after 4 holes to Els/Ishikawa but won 6 of the next 11 holes to win 4 & 3. Haas/Watney trailed the International team Schwartzel/Ogilvy, 2 down, throughout the round but won holes 15 and 16 to halve the match. Johnson/Kuchar also claimed a very crucial half-point for their matches by winning the last two holes in their match, when the Internationals missed an 8-foot par putt on 17 and then hit an erratic drive on 18, resulting in a halve in the match despite the Internationals being 3 up at one point. Mickelson/Furyk were 1 down after 6 holes to Goosen/Allenby but won 5 of their next 6 holes to win the match 4 & 3. Toms/Mahan grabbed the lead over Kim/Yang early in the match and never relinquished it, winning 6 & 5. However, biggest surprise of the day was the anchor match when Scott and K.J. Choi beat Woods and Stricker 7 & 6, tying the record for largest margin of defeat in the short history in the Presidents Cup in what was the International team's only win of the day.
|Els/Ishikawa||4 & 2||Watson/Simpson|
|Goosen/Allenby||4 & 3||Mickelson/Furyk|
|Kim/Yang||6 & 5||Mahan/Toms|
|Scott/Choi||7 & 6||Woods/Stricker|
The pairings were made in the same way as the Thursday foursomes except that Couples made the first choice.
All matches were in fourball format. Tee times were brought forward by two hours because of the threat of storms later in the day. The first match started at 9:35am local time.
The course played very difficult due to the firm greens and the very blustery conditions, which were much different than the calm conditions on Thursday. Very few birdies were made and a lot of times holes were won with pars. Unlike the first day, there were no dramatic changes in lead, as almost all matches in which one side got a lead on maintained the lead throughout the match. The exception was the Woods/Johnson match, in which they grabbed an early 1 up lead but squandered it and eventually Baddeley/Day won. Woods/Johnson played better than the International team Baddeley/Day tee-to-green but the Internationals were able to keep pace with their stellar short game. The Internationals dodged a major bullet on the first hole when they made a 10-foot par putt and then Woods missed a 6-foot birdie. The Americans took the lead with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 4th but squandered it with a bogey on the 8th. Then Day/Baddeley took the lead for good on 13 with a 20-foot birdie putt. They dodged a few more bullets when Woods's 70 foot eagle putt on 15 missed by a few inches, Johnson's inability to convert his 6-foot birdie putt on 16, and when Woods's chip shot on 18 missed by a few inches. By the end of day two, K.J. Choi was the only International team member with 2 points, but the more shocking development was that Tiger Woods was the only player in the American team with no points.
|Els/Ishikawa||2 & 1||Watson/Simpson|
|Scott/Kim||2 & 1||Mickelson/Furyk|
|Yang/Allenby||4 & 3||Stricker/Kuchar|
|Schwartzel/Goosen||2 & 1||Mahan/Toms|
The weather for the day was calm winds with a light rain, so the course was much easier and the greens were a lot more receptive with the rain. The American team was in cruise control for the whole morning session, and never at any point did the Internationals lead in more than one match. Watson/Simpson got off to a quick start winning the first two holes, but the Allenby/Ogilvy bounced back to square the match before the Americans closed them out by winning three of their last five holes. Haas/Kuchar also got off to a quick start with an early 2 up lead but Els/Ishikawa would catch up to them on the back nine to win the only International victory of the morning. The Mahan/Toms team was in cruise control for the last 10 holes when they won 6 of those holes to go from 1 down to a 5 & 4 victory over Goosen/Schwartzel. Woods/Johnson got off to a slow start due to putting woes, and were 1 down after 6, but they bounced back to win when the Scott/Choi struggled. Mickelson/Furyk also struggled with their putting and were 2 down after 10 holes but Furyk stepped up big on the back nine and they won four of their next five holes to beat Baddeley/Day.
|Allenby/Ogilvy||3 & 2||Simpson/Watson|
|Goosen/Schwartzel||5 & 4||Mahan/Toms|
|Scott/Choi||3 & 2||Woods/Johnson|
|Baddeley/Day||2 & 1||Mickelson/Furyk|
The Internationals got off to a very good start in the four-ball session. The Watson/Simpson team, despite a perfect 3-0 record, struggled this session and were unable to make many birdies and lost to Goosen/Schwartzel 2 & 1. Woods/Johnson once again struggled with their putting and never led in their match against Kim/Yang. It looked like the Americans were going to lead the match when Woods found the green in two on the par-5 15th, but he three-putted from 70 feet, and Woods had two more birdie opportunities on 17 and 18 to square the match but missed both. Stricker/Kuchar and Ogilvy/Choi played very consistently in their match, halving 15 of the 18 holes. Stricker/Kuchar got an early lead but Ogilvy/Choi won two holes from then to win the match, 1 up. Both Mahan/Haas and Furyk/Watney were in control for their matches most of the time and won their matches by a small margin.
|Goosen/Schwartzel||2 & 1||Simpson/Watson|
|Baddeley/Day||2 & 1||Mahan/Haas|
The Internationals got off to the start they wanted in effort for a miraculous comeback by winning the first four matches. Underdog Kim got off to a fast start, and was 3 up over Simpson after 9 holes. Simpson came back, and squared the matches with two holes to play. Kim stepped up for the Internationals, and sank a 12-foot birdie on 17, followed by a 6-foot par on 18 to win the match. Schwartzel and Ishikawa took control of their opponents Johnson and Watson, respectively, early in the match and never relinquished their leads. Ogilvy and Haas both fought hard in their match, and made clutch putts until the end, where Ogilvy prevailed after Haas hit an errant drive on 18.
Jason Day, the local favorite, was out-of-sorts all day, shooting nine over par on the front nine, and was 5 down to Hunter Mahan after 9 holes. He eventually lost to Mahan, 5 & 3. Watney won his match against Choi through consistent play. Mickelson, who was 3-0 prior to the Sunday singles, and had played exceptionally well with his teammate Furyk the first three days, struggled out of the gate, making bogeys on the first five holes to go four down to Adam Scott. Scott maintained his 4 up lead, but Mickelson rebounded by winning holes 15 and 16 with birdies. Mickelson nearly made his 12-foot birdie on 17 to extend the match, but, Scott prevailed when Mickelson missed the putt. Goosen, who was a very low-key player for the International team all week, quietly grabbed his third point for the Internationals with a win over Kuchar. Goosen was 3 up after 11 holes, but Kuchar won three holes in a row to square the match. He took the lead for good when Kuchar missed a 12-foot par putt on 16, and held on to win the match.
Captain Couples put Presidents Cup veterans Furyk, Toms, Woods, and Stricker in the last four matches, and his decision paid off as all four of the Americans won their matches. Furyk played solidly all day, winning his match over Els to earn a perfect 5-0-0 record for the week. Allenby, a controversial captain's pick for the Internationals, struggled all week, and continued again in his match against Toms, losing 7 & 5. Allenby was the only player from both teams to earn no points all week. Woods, who struggled with his putting in his matches the first three days, putted lights-out in his match against Baddeley, shooting 5 under par in his 15 holes, the best out of anyone, and won 4 & 3 to clinch the winning point for the Americans.
|Kim||1 up||Simpson||4th: 12 - 14|
|Schwartzel||2 & 1||Johnson||3rd: 11 - 14|
|Ishikawa||3 & 2||Watson||2nd: 10 - 14|
|Ogilvy||2 up||Haas||7th: 13 - 16|
|Day||5 & 3||Mahan||1st: 9 - 14|
|Choi||3 & 2||Watney||5th: 12 - 15|
|Scott||2 & 1||Mickelson||9th: 14 - 17|
|Goosen||1 up||Kuchar||11th: 15 - 18|
|Els||4 & 3||Furyk||8th: 13 - 17|
|Allenby||7 & 5||Toms||6th: 12 - 16|
|Baddeley||4 & 3||Woods||10th: 14 - 18|
|Yang||2 & 1||Stricker||12th: 15 - 19|
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
|K. J. Choi||3||3–2–0||0–1–0||1–1–0||2–0–0|
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