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Spectators 2, Tiger Woods 0 pretty much sums up the score after the United States’ top player could not find the fairway off the tee with a bazooka in his and Steve Stricker’s 2 and 1 loss to an amped-up Ian Poulter and Justin Rose in their morning foursome match.
Woods, who knocked out a fan with an errant tee shot off the 18th tee during Thursday’s practice round, beaned another unlucky watcher on the seventh hole on Friday. The so-called anchor team certainly weighed down the Americans from the get-go, when Woods yanked his first drive long and left and his ball landed against a fence.
After taking a drop, Stricker was able to knock his shot from under the branches of a pine tree and the duo managed a halve at the first. The normally reliable Stricker must have caught Woods’ shaky tee-itis because he dumped his tee shot into the water on the par-3 second, and Europe was on its way.
Woods was so wild off the tee that, after locating Tiger’s errant shot on No. 5, ESPN announcer Andy North joked that “Lewis and Clark helped me find that one.”
Stirring up something of a controversy among Twitter typists, U.S. captain Davis Love III stuck with the Woods-Stricker partnership in the afternoon four-ball matches. Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson had started their p.m. match with Peter Hanson and Paul Lawrie before Poulter and Rose had officially closed out Woods and Stricker in the last of four a.m. foursome tilts.