Sun Nov 20 03:59pm EST
The Americans won yet another Presidents Cup, and while it seemed like a walk in the park after three days, the Internationals made a great run towards the end to put some pressure on Fred Couples' squad and make it a nail-bitter. Winners and losers out of Royal Melbourne? Read on ...
Jim Furyk: Golf sure can be strange sometimes. A year ago, Furyk went into the Ryder Cup one of the hottest players in the world and tanked. Now? After one of his least productive years in recent memory, Furyk flourished, becoming just the fourth player in Presidents Cup history to go 5-0-0.
Fred Couples: Some approaches work in team events and some don't, but the laid back, "you guys play, I'll cheer" approach Couples has at the Presidents Cup sure has clicked with his team. He looks like fun to play for, hang out with and is really good at finding the right matches. Is there any way we could get him to captain the Ryder Cup soon?
Hunter Mahan: I'm sure after last year's close to the Ryder Cup, Mahan was itching to get back to an event like this and prove himself, and prove himself he did. Mahan won four points for the Americans, had one of the most clutch moments of the week, and really showed that he can do it on the biggest stage out there.
Tiger Woods: Sure, he started out losing his first two matches of the week, but Tiger sure found something in his swing at Royal Melbourne. While his putting wasn't up to par, he hit the ball as good as he's hit it in years, and closing out the final match on Tiger's watch sure seemed appropriate for this American team.
Ryo Ishikawa and K.T. Kim: One you've heard of from years, and the other you might not have heard of until this week, but both young players showed why they were on this team and closed out the week on a high note. It's momentum from things like this that can prove to players that they belong at the highest level, and I sure hope for golf that both of these players continue the momentum from this into 2012.
Royal Melbourne: St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Augusta National and Pine Valley might be on your short list of dream rounds, but you might think about adding this gem in Australia to your list. Deceptively tough par-3s, short holes that take a lot of creativity, and brutal greens showed that stretching every golf course near 8,000 yards might not be the way to go.
Greg Norman: The captains can only do so much, but the Australian hero really could have used a win Down Under. Instead, he lost his second straight Presidents Cup and has already said he won't return as captain. One of his captain's picks played fine, but the other was the only player on either team not to record a point.
Robert Allenby: And he was the player. Allenby was overly confident before the week started about the Internationals chances, but his play sure didn't help them out.
Dustin Johnson: One of the commentators made a great point during the Sunday matches about Royal Melbourne and Johnson; tough golf courses can bring out the bad parts of your game, and it sure seemed to do that with DJ. He couldn't make a putt, sure couldn't get the feel around the greens, and left Australia with a lowly 1-3-1 record.
Jason Day: Really one of the guys people expected a lot out of in his home country, Day looked lost most of the week and ended it by getting absolutely waxed by Mahan in singles, playing his first nine holes on Sunday eight-over par. Yikes.
The Australians: We already pointed this out, but five players from the home country represented the Internationals, and they combined for an 8-13-3 record. Not exactly what Norman was looking for from his fellow Aussies.
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