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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 November, 2003, 17:21 GMT
Internationals in clean sweep
Tim Clark and Ernie Els celebrate their fourballs victory at the Presidents Cup
The Internationals teams won all six of Saturday's fourballs at the Presidents Cup in South Africa to move into a 12-9 lead over the United States.

The Americans, aiming to win the Presidents Cup for the fourth time in the last five events, had begun the day three points clear after winning seven of the 10 matches played on Friday.

But the Internationals fought back, leaving it all to play for in Sunday's 12 singles matches, with 17 points the target for victory.

Australia's Adam Scott and South Korea's KJ Choi set the tone by beating Kenny Perry and Jerry Kelly 5 and 4.

Scott and Choi birdied five of the first nine holes to go five up at the turn.

We let some shots go again on the back nine, but today we've made a great comeback as a team
Ernie Els

Australians Peter Lonard and Stephen Leaney came back from two down to beat Fred Funk and Phil Mickelson 2 and 1.

The South African pair of Ernie Els and Tim Clark levelled the score with a 3 and 2 win over Jim Furyk and Jay Haas.

Despite Perry chipping in for a birdie at the par-four 10th, Els and Clark maintained their grip, sealing the win at the par-four 14th.

Clark hit his approach to within a foot of the pin at the 385-yard first to set up the first of three birdies in the opening eight holes.

But he and his partner lost momentum on the back nine before world number three Els finished the match in style, holing a 20-foot eagle putt at the 584-yard 16th.

Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen won a tight battle with world number one Tiger Woods and Charles Howell III 2 and 1.

The Singh and Goosen pairing finished with five consecutive birdies, Singh coaxing in a 25-footer at the par-three 17th to clinch victory.

US Masters champion Mike Weir and Australia's Robert Allenby went four up on Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard with six to play, but had to survive a strong finish by their opponents before winning by a hole.

In the final match, Zimbabwe's Nick Price and Stuart Appleby of Australia birdied three of the last four holes to beat Davis Love III and David Toms in another close encounter.

Appleby had put the Internationals one up by holing a bunker shot for eagle at the par-four 14th, and made the match safe by holing a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-five 16th.

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