MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team hits his tee shot on the first hole during the Day One Foursome Matches of the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on November 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2011: USA Takes The Win, 19-15

The USA rode its momentum heading into the singles matches, winning the Presidents Cup by a 19-15 margin.

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Presidents Cup 2011 Full Results: Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan Unlikely Stars In USA Win

Coming into team tournaments like the Presidents Cup, much like major tournaments, all eyes are on the highest ranked players in the world. The exception for the 2011 Presidents Cup was captain's pick Tiger Woods of the USA, who didn't exactly have a golf season that suggested he was one of the best 12 American golfers on the PGA Tour. Fred Couples picked Tiger for his experience and ability and that pick paid off, but he was far from the team's biggest star in the Americans' 19-15 win over the International team.

Instead of Woods or any of the top-ranked golfers on the United States team, Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan were the best performers for their squad. Furyk was perfect, going 5-0 as he played all five rounds of action. He partnered Phil Mickelson in their wins in the first three rounds of competition, then partnered Nick Watney in a huge one-up win over Ernie Els and Adam Scott in Saturday four-ball. On the final day, he defeated Els easily, 4&3, after the USA had lost six of the first eight singles matches.

Mahan was nearly as good. Though him and David Toms lost in Friday four-ball, he competed in and won in all four other rounds, capping off his performance with a 5&3 victory over Jason Day in singles that broke up a string of four-straight International wins on the final day.

This is now the sixth consecutive time the USA has won the Presidents Cup and the fourth straight time that they have won it outright, with the lone tie in the competition's history coming in 2003. Since the Presidents Cup started in 1994, the International team has won just once.

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Presidents Cup 2011 Score Update: USA Wins, 19-15

The USA split the Sunday singles matches at the 2011 Presidents Cup, clinching the overall win, 19-15. A strong showing prior to Sunday's matches set the USA up for success, with only four wins needed to take the cup again. And the US team took care of its business on Sunday, thanks to dominating wins by its anchors.

The International side swept the opening matches, winning each of the first four of the day. But the back-end of the USA pairings were the strength, with all four winning easily to secure the cup. Tiger Woods clinched the win, sinking a putt for a 4&3 victory over Aaron Baddely. Steve Stricker, David Toms, Nick Watney and Hunter Mahan also won for the American side.

On the International team, K.T. Kim, Charl Schwartzel, Ryo Ishikawa, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and Retief Goosen were all winners on Sunday. But it was too little, too late as the USA took a 13-9 lead into the day and set itself up in a perfect position to win the cup.

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2011 Presidents Cup Pairings: Both Teams Make Two Changes For Day 3 Morning Session

The United States are still in a good position going into Day 3 of the 2011 Presidents Cup, thanks to a split on Friday (or Thursday, in the USA). That kept their lead at a two-point margin, giving them a 7-5 lead heading into the third day of play. That split represented a positive move forward for the International team, who only won one match on Day 1. Both teams were relatively happy with their groups on Day 2 and will make two changes, with both teams keeping three of their teams intact. The morning session features five foursomes. The afternoon session will feature five four-ball matches. Here are the morning session pairings.

Match 1: Watson/Simpson (USA) vs. Allenby/Ogilvy (International)
Match 2: Haas/Kuchar (USA) vs. Els/Ishikawa (International)
Match 3: Mahan/Toms (USA) vs. Goosen/Schwartzel (International)
Match 4: Woods/Johnson (USA) vs. Scott/Choi (International)
Match 5: Furyk/Mickelson (USA) vs. Baddeley/Day (International)

The pairing of Nick Watney and Steve Stricker sits out the morning session for the United States, while the International team rests K.T. Kim and Y.E. Yang. Both teams must play these pairings in the afternoon session and sit one of the pairings that played in the morning session. Coverage of the morning session begins at 3 P.M. ET on the Golf Channel in the USA.

The 2011 Presidents Cup resumes on Saturday in Australia, or Friday afternoon here in the US, with another wave of matches. For more on the Presidents Cup, visit Waggle Room and SB Nation's Golf hub.


2011 Presidents Cup Pairings: Struggling Tiger Woods-Steve Striker Pairing Broken Up On Day 2

The first day of the 2011 Presidents Cup went well for the United States, as they won three matches and halved two, only losing one. That one loss came from Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, who were thoroughly dominated by Adam Scott and K.J. Choi in a 7&6 loss. Unsurprisingly, the United States has decided to break up that pairing on Day 2.

Dustin Johnson has been paired with Tiger Woods, with his Day 1 partner Matt Kuchar partnering Stricker on Day 2. The other four pairings remain unchanged. The international team has opted for a different strategy, keeping only two of their pairings intact. Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day stay a pair, as do Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa. The latter pairing lost 4&2 on Day 1, so they are presumably being kept together for the comedy that is the Big Easy walking down the fairway next to a man half his size in Ishikawa. Here are all of the pairings and matches.

Match 1: Simpson/Watson (USA) vs. Els/Ishikawa (International)
Match 2: Johnson/Woods (USA) vs. Baddeley/Day (International)
Match 3: Furyk/Mickelson (USA) vs. Kim/Scott (International)
Match 4: Haas/Watney (USA) vs. Choi/Ogilvy (International)
Match 5: Kuchar/Stricker (USA) vs. Allenby/Yang (International)
Match 6: Mahan/Toms (USA) vs. Goosen/Schwartzel (International)

The matches on Thursday night in the USA, Friday afternoon in Australia are four-ball matches. 

The 2011 Presidents Cup resumes on Friday in Australia, or late Thursday night here in the US, with another wave of matches. For more on the Presidents Cup, visit Waggle Room and SB Nation's Golf hub.

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