November 20, 2011- The U.S. President’s Cup team walked away Sunday with a decisive win against the World Team. They beat their competitors 19-15 over the four-day tournament. The site of the Cup was Royal Melbourne and was the only place the U.S. has lost a President’s Cup competition.
The competition was led from start to finish by the U.S. and Sunday’s individual competition played out exactly like U.S. captain Fred Couples wanted. His young guns started and his veterans ended the competition in style.
Starting the tournament there was some controversy over one of the captain’s picks Couples made. He chose Tiger Woods over other players even though Tiger had been injured most of the season. Nevertheless, his choice worked out as Woods won two of his matches and his win on Sunday clinched the title for the team.
A number of players stood out during the tournament but only one went undefeated. Jim Furyk won all five of his matches and joined only three other players to every win all five matches in one tournament.
Woods played well in his partners’ matches although his putter let him down on a number of occasions. However, in his singles match he proved his game is returning to form. He birdied five of the first 11 holes and went on to a beat Aaron Baddeley 4 & 3.