Tag Archives: 2011 Presidents Cup

Jan
3
2012
By WUP Staff under Awards

A happy Tiger celebrating with Aussie fans

As 2011 has ended and the 2012 season is upon us, we’re (still) taking an obligatory look at the winners and losers of 2011. First, we reviewed the best shots. Then, we cringed through the greatest meltdowns. We also checked out some players who were considered overachievers. Next, we took a gander at those who had the most disappointing seasons. Since Shoshana worships Tiger Woods (borderline obsession!), she picked his top-five moments  of 2011 — a touching tribute to his 36th birthday (Dec 30).

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Dec
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Now that's an adorable bromance!

On Thursday Tiger Woods posted his first thank-you note blog entry on his website since winning the Chevron World Challenge a few weeks ago (and more importantly, breaking his two-year victory drought). He recaps his success in Australia and says he’s hitting “quality golf shots,” etc., along with more snooze-worthy news — until he gets to talking the Presidents Cup and U.S. captain Fred Couples.

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Nov
29
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Allenby (d-)bags an award, after all...

Presidents Cup teammates Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy nearly came to blows, exchanging heated words at the after-party for the Australian PGA on Sunday, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Several accounts from witnesses claimed Allenby approached Ogilvy and offered to settle the dispute physically and at least one glass broke before Allenby walked away.

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Nov
23
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Ernie not so quick to jump on the 'Tiger is back' bandwagon

Calm down, everyone. The wise Ernie Els didn’t mean any disrespect, rather he pointed out the facts. After Tiger Woods played beautifully to beat Aaron Baddeley 4&3 in the Presidents Cup singles, many have proclaimed that Tiger is on pace to return to his pre-hydrant-era form. During Els’ presser at the South African Open, he was asked his thoughts on Tiger’s “comeback,” to which he replied:

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Nov
20
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

This guy looks mildly familiar, but something's missing...oh, the Nike logo on his hat...

Maybe I’m drinking the kool-aid, but perhaps Tiger Woods enjoys these team competitions more than we think. When was the last time we saw him look so genuinely happy and human while celebrating with his team and the Fanatics, the Aussie group that attends big sporting events? Heck, he even sported an Australian rally cap that he probably got from some random dude in the crowd!

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Nov
20
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Tiger: Thanks for believing in me, Freddie (This is seriously adorable).

USA, USA! Well, the Internationals certainly made an admirable effort, rallying early in the singles to create a much more intriguing final day. But they needed nothing short of a miracle to come back and win nine of the 12 matches to clinch the Presidents Cup for only the second time in history — the only time the Americans have lost was when the event was last held at Royal Melbourne in ’98.

I was wrong about Sunday singles being a snooze fest, so thanks to the International players for forcing the Americans to dig deep to retain the Cup. I was indeed on the edge of my seat the entire flight from Orlando to Newark. It’s late, but a few quick notes/observations (which may or may not make sense at this hour):

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Nov
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

USA: Team Spirit!

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.

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Nov
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

My favorite moment(s): Ernie hugging Ryo after Ryo made clutch putts

Entering the third session, the USA led the Internationals 7-5, which might have surprised quite a few people (including myself because of the emphasis on the Australian-loaded team being familiar with Royal Melbourne). Well, it might not have been pretty, but the Americans have shown their grit, dominating in the Saturday morning foursomes and increasing their advantage to 11-6. The Internationals lost all but one match — the young Ryo Ishikawa and the elder Ernie Els finally won their first point, beating Bill Haas and Matt Kuchar.

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Nov
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Arm-bump!

The Saturday foursomes are underway at Royal Melbourne, with the Americans leading 7-5 over the Internationals entering the third session. Curious if the Internationals will figure out how to play foursomes since the Americans have always dominated them in the alternate shot format. Two guys on each team sit out, so there only five matches instead of six.

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Nov
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

The conditions at Royal Melbourne on Friday in the second session of the Presidents Cup were rather tough, to say the least. So the last thing any player — whether the Internationals or the Americans — wants is an unruly fan who probably had a few too many Fosters (yes, I realize Aussies don’t actually drink Fosters). Unfortunately, Hunter Mahan feel victim to a heckler that yelled in his backswing on his approach to the 16th green.

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