Raise your hand if you stayed awake to watch the conclusion of the Presidents Cup? Well, I did from my sickbed and caught just about all 13 hours of coverage! — I mean, if it were the Ryder Cup, that’s a different story, but I suppose there are more compelling story lines than there have been in recent history (at least in my short-lived memory) — and the Americans take command with a 13-9 lead over the Internationals.
I was also really glad I waited ’til 4am ET to watch captain Norman and captain Couples engage in the battleship-esque draw for the Sunday Singles matches, especially since barring a miracle for the Internationals, the Americans have pretty much won. The U.S. only needs 4 1/2 points to retain the Cup, so it could be over before, say, Tiger’s match.
I was a little disappointed the singles pairings probably won’t be edge-of-your-seat compelling. I’d love for the Internationals to give the U.S. a run for the Cup to make things a bit more interesting.
Anyway, here’s today’s (or rather, Sunday in Melbourne) lineup:
Match 23 – 10:30 a.m. K.T. Kim vs Webb Simpson
Match 24 – 10:42 a.m. Charl Schwartzel vs Dustin Johnson
Match 25 – 10:54 a.m. Ryo Ishikawa vs Bubba Watson
Match 26 – 11:06 a.m. Geoff Ogilvy vs Bill Haas
Match 27 – 11:18 a.m. Jason Day vs Hunter Mahan
Match 28 – 11:30 a.m. K.J. Choi vs Nick Watney
Match 29 – 11:42 a.m. Adam Scott vs Phil Mickelson
Match 30 – 11:54 a.m. Retief Goosen vs Matt Kuchar
Match 31 – 12:06 p.m. Ernie Els vs Jim Furyk
Match 32 – 12:18 p.m. Robert Allenby vs David Toms
Match 33 – 12:30 p.m. Aaron Baddeley vs Tiger Woods
Match 34 – 12:42 p.m. Y.E. Yang vs Steve Stricker
I’m looking forward to watching Ryo vs. Bubba and Day vs. Mahan, and I’m wondering if Stevie will call Phil a prick.
Predictions, anyone? I’m betting it’s over by Match 29.
(AP Photo/David Callow)