Match recaps: Friday's four-ball matches

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November 17, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Here's a look at each match in Friday's four-ball session at The Presidents Cup. The International and U.S. teams each won three matches. The Americans will now enter Day 3 at Royal Melbourne with a 7-5 advantage. Click here for Day 3 foursomes pairings

MATCH 7: Bubba Watson-Webb Simpson, U.S. def. Ernie Els-Ryo Ishikawa, International, 3 and 1

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Match Flow: The Americans grabbed the lead on the third hole when Simpson rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt while the Internationals could do no better than bogey. But then the U.S. duo each bogeyed the next hole, allowing Ishikawa to win the hole with a par to square the match. At the sixth, however, the U.S. grabbed the lead again by nearly driving the green, then hitting a nice chip shot to five feet for birdie. From then, the Americans never trailed. They were 2 up at the turn, and though the Internationals won two holes on the back nine, they could never square the match again. Tipping Point: After the Internationals closed to within 1-down by winning the 13th, Watson's length paid dividends two holes later at the only par-5 on the back nine, the 15th. Watson nearly reached the green in two, then hit a delicate pitch to within five feet for birdie. Meanwhile, neither Els nor Ishikawa gave themselves much of a chance for birdie. By winning the hole, the U.S. went 2 up with three holes to play. Notes: Els suffered his first loss in four-balls since the 2000 Presidents Cup. Coming into Friday's match, Els had won his last six four-ball matches -- four of those with Mike Weir and two with current International assistant Tim Clark. . . . This marks just the second time Els has lost his first two matches at The Presidents Cup. . . . Despite the hot weather, Watson started the match by wearing a long-sleeve sweater. He maintained the look for several holes before finally deciding to shed the outer layer. . . . Watson posted three birdies, two of those to win holes. Simpson's two birdies also won holes. . . . Ishikawa was the only player in the match not to post a birdie as he struggled for the second straight day ... This is the first time that the same partnership has gone out in the first match in each of the first two days and won. Quotes: "I struggled a little bit but I had a good partner. He held me in there." -- Webb Simpson . ... "We weren't good. So, you know, we needed to be good against two guys on form. They have got momentum going their way, so we just weren't good." - Ernie Els . . . "I wanted to contribute as much as possible towards our win, especially on the front nine, but with this difficult condition, I was not of any help." - Ryo Ishikawa Click here for hole-by-hole details | Discuss the match

MATCH 8: Aaron Baddeley-Jason Day, International def. Tiger Woods-Dustin Johnson, U.S., 1 up

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Match | Flow: After halving the first three holes, Woods put the Americans ahead by draining a 24-foot birdie putt. The U.S. kept the lead until both players bogeyed the par-4 eighth. The match remained all-square until the 13th when Baddeley gave the Internationals their first lead with a 23-foot birdie putt. With Day struggling, Baddeley helped his side maintain the lead by matching the Americans, as Woods and Johnson could not get anything going. Woods came close at the 15th, nearly holing a 66-foot eagle putt. He also came close on a 29-footer for par at the 16th. But the Internationals never gave up the lead down the stretch. Tipping Point: At the 18th in Thursday's foursomes, Baddeley hit a fat tee shot that led to bogey and a disappointing half-point. On Friday, he used iron off the tee, found the fairway, then holed a nervy 3-1/2 foot par putt to close out the match. Notes: Baddeley was a bogey-free 3 under on the back nine . . . Day failed to produce a birdie while suffering seven bogeys . . . Johnson and Woods were solid on the back nine -- bogey-free with three birdies -- but could not shake Baddeley . . . . This is the first time Woods has lost his first two matches in seven Presidents Cup appearances. And it's just the second time Woods has lost two consecutive matches at The Presidents Cup; the other time was also here at Royal Melbourne in 1998 when Woods lost three matches in a row . . . Woods is now 5-8-0 in four-ball matches at The Presidents Cup, giving him more four-ball losses than any other player in event history. . . . Woods and his partners thus far this week (Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson) have only won one hole (in 30 holes played). Quotes: "I was very disappointed yesterday. I felt like I let Jason down. It was great to come through today." - Aaron Baddeley . . . "(Baddeley) came back strong today and played great and just shows how much heart he's got." -- Jason Day. . . . "The greens just aren't holding and it's just very hard. You have to play the wind on the putts." - Tiger Woods Click here for hole-by-hole details | Discuss the match

MATCH 9: Phil Mickelson-Jim Furyk, U.S. def. Adam Scott-K.T. Kim, International, 2 and 1

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Match | Flow: After having the first two holes, the Americans grabbed the lead at the par-3 third with a Jim Furyk par, as neither International player found the green with his tee shot. On the next hole, the par-4 fourth, Phil Mickelson hit his approach to 14 feet and drained the birdie putt for a 2-up advantage. The U.S. added to that lead at the eighth, winning the hole with a par. Kim missed a nine-footer for par that would have halved the hole. The Internationals finally won their first hole of the day at the par-4 12th when Mickelson and Furyk each bogeyed. The U.S. gave away another hole at the 16th, as Furyk bogeyed and Mickelson double bogeyed. But with the dwindling lead, the veteran Americans produced the match-ending birdie at the 17th. Tipping point: After hitting his approach shot at the 17th to 13 feet, Furyk rolled in the birdie putt to close out the match. Notes: Mickelson posted two birdies to Furyk's three ... After Kim birdied the second, he was never a factor after that. . . . Mickelson played in his 40th Presidents Cup match, the most by any American. He ties International star Vijay Singh for most matches played in this event. . . . Furyk struggled with his accuracy on the back nine. . . . With his victory on Friday, Mickelson is now undefeated in his last 10 Presidents Cup matches and has just one loss in his last 17 matches, dating back to the start of The Presidents Cup 2005. Ten matches without a loss is the longest streak in The Presidents Cup history. Quotes: "This was a case where we are trying to read the wind on the putts, and apparently we did a good job because Jimmy made a bunch of good, solid 4- or 5-footers today. It was really fun playing with him." - Phil Mickelson . . . "We ham-and-egged it pretty well today." - Jim Furyk . . . "When you're behind early on a day like today against Mickelson and Furyk, I mean, it's always going to be a grind." - Adam Scott Click here for hole-by-hole details | Discuss the match

MATCH 10: Geoff Ogilvy-K.J. Choi, International def. Bill Haas-Nick Watney, U.S, 1 up

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Match | Flow: Ogilvy holed a shot from the greenside bunker for an improbable birdie at the fifth hole to give the International Team its first advantage. The Aussie made another birdie at the next, sinking an 8-footer there, and the Americans remained 2 down until Haas made a long birdie putt at the ninth hole. The American then evened the match with an eagle at the par-4 11th hole. But the U.S. duo couldn't stand prospertity as both made bogeys at the 12th to put the Internationals back on top and they never looked back. The two teams halved the next six holes with pars. Tipping Point: It had to be the 12th hole. The Americans had just seized the momentum a hole earlier with Haas' eagle to square the match but two missed fairways and two missed greens translated into a pair of bogeys that put the Internationals back on top. Notes: Haas was 2 under with the eagle, two birdies and two bogeys, while Watney couldn't buy a birdie. . . . Ogilvy and Choi ham-and-egged it well with the Aussie making two birdies and Choi one -- and each coming up with a par when the other was in trouble. Quotes: "A tough match but we got it in the end." - Geoff Ogilvy . . . "Royal Melbourne requires a lot of imagination. Good bunker play but cannot spin." - K.J. Choi Click here for hole-by-hole details | Discuss the match

MATCH 11: Matt Kuchar-Steve Stricker, U.S. def. Robert Allenby-Y.E. Yang, International, 4 and 3

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Match | Flow: The U.S. pair took the lead on the third hole with Matt Kuchar's first birdie of the day and never looked back. The International pair could do no better than bogey to lose the fifth hole. When Kuchar won the sixth hole with a birdie, the U.S. went 3-up. Robert Allenby's birdie at the seventh gained one of those holes back, but the Internationals did not come any closer. Kuchar's fourth birdie of the day, at the par-4 12th, increased the lead to 3-up. Fittingly, Kuchar closed it out with a birdie at the 15th. Tipping Point: At the par-3 fifth, Kuchar and Stricker each found the green with their tee shots, while Yang found the greenside bunker and Allenby failed to find the green. Neither International player could get up-and-down to save par, a costly early stumble that left them in catch-up mode against a red-hot Kuchar. Notes: Kuchar had five birdies on his round, an impressive total in tough windy conditions. Stricker chipped in a birdie ... Allenby carried the International team with three birdies, while Yang was not credited with a birdie . . . Stricker is now 5-2-0 in four-ball matches at The Presidents Cup. . . . Yang has won just one hole in each of the first two days with his respective partners. Same for Allenby. . . . Both Allenby and Yang are 0-2-0 so far this week. As a captain's pick (the only player in Presidents Cup history to be named a captain's pick three times), Allenby is looking to avoid joining John Huston as the only captain's pick to fail to contribute at least a half-point to his team's total Quotes: "Who doesn't like playing with Steve Stricker? I tell you, a fantastic pairing for anyqone. We had a great time out there today." - Matt Kuchar . . . "We had each other's back when the other guy wasn't in the hole, and that's important in the best-ball play." - Stricker Click here for hole-by-hole details | Discuss the match

MATCH 12: Retief Goosen-Charl Schwartzel, International def. Hunter Mahan-David Toms, U.S, 2 and 1

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Match | flow: The International Team wasted little time getting up on the Americans as Goosen made a 2-footer for birdie on the par-5 second hole. A hole later, the Internationals were 2 up after both Mahan and Toms missed the green at the par-3 third. Schwartzel, who won the Masters on another Alister Mackenzie layout at Augusta National, then added a 4-footer for birdie at No. 11 for a 3-up lead. The Internationals gave that back with bogeys at No. 14 but pars on the next three holes put the match away. Tipping Point: Goosen and Schwartzel were basically in control the entire match after the early wins on Nos. 2 and 3. But Schwartzel's par putt at the 16th was key with Goosen making bogey. It allowed the Internationals to stay 2 up. Notes: Goosen made two birdies and three bogeys while Schwartzel had one birdie and two bogeys. The American team only had one birdie all day. Quotes: "Every time they made a birdie, we made a birdie on top of it. The only place we slipped up was the 14th, but I think we are a very good pairing." - Charl Schwartzel . Click here for hole-by-hole details | Discuss the match

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