Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods looked defenseless against the resilient International tandem of Adam Scott and K.J. Choi in the opening match of the President’s Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course.
The beat-down was non-stop and the International Team needed just 12 holes to close the door on the Americans, 7&6.
The team of Woods and Stricker entered Thursday’s opening session simultaneously the most lauded and unpredictable partnership on the American side.
Although they boasted the best record, 4-0, in the President’s Cup at Harding Park two years ago, neither player has competed consistently over the last few months due to various injuries and absences, a fact that raises serious questions about their readiness for the event.
On Thursday, however, it wasn’t so much a case of Stricker and Woods looking awful, as much as one of Scott and Choi playing nearly flawless golf: they rarely missed fairways, hardly ever put themselves in the wrong place on the greens and converted on crucial putts when the opportunities arose.
Stricker and Woods never found their rhythm, making no birdies and three bogeys.
The match’s 7&6 scoreline stands as the largest margin of victory seen in the event since David Frost defeated Kenny Perry in 1996.
Scott and Stevie got the better of Tiger on the opening day, then, but if we know anything about the former World Number One, it’s that he’s a ferocious competitor.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Woods came out striping fairways, firing at pins, and draining putts on Friday.
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