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US retain lead in Presidents Cup

Presidents Cup
Venue: Harding Park Golf Course, San Francisco Dates: 8-11 October
Coverage: Reports on BBC Radio 5 live and on the BBC Sport website. Live on British Eurosport

Vijay Singh, Tim Clark
Singh (left) has two wins out of two for the International team

A final-hole eagle from Tim Clark helped the International team to limit the United States to a 6½-5½ lead after day two of the Presidents Cup.

The Americans were up in five of the six four ball matches before the spoils were shared, three points apiece.

Clark drove straight down the middle on the 18th, finding the green with his approach and then sinking his putt.

A marathon third day features five foursomes and five fourballs, before Sunday's concluding 12 singles matches.

Former Masters champion Mike Weir also eagled the final hole, having his putt conceded after hitting a three-wood from against a fence to 15 feet as he and Ernie Els beat Jim Furyk and Anthony Kim.

World number one Tiger Woods, meanwhile, continued his flourishing partnership with Steve Stricker for the USA, defeating Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera deciseviely by 5 & 3.

I can tell you our team cabin is very, very happy right now and very excited about the way we turned things around, because it really could have been a disastrous situation

Greg Norman

Stricker generally adopted the more conservative game plan, firing safely for the heart of the greens, which gave Woods a chance to aggressively attack the pins.

The US duo always had at least one ball in play and never gave their opponents a chance, leading from the very first hole.

"Steve and I gel well together, and in this format you have to make a bunch of birdies, and we did for most of the day," Woods said.

Stricker admitted he was apprehensive about partnering Woods, but is relishing the combination.

"It has been a lot of fun," he said. "I'm very comfortable with him out there and I think he's comfortable with me. I think we enjoy each other's company.

"It's tough when you've got the best player in the world and he's such a great iron player. You just don't want to get in his way at times."

US team captain Fred Couples confirmed the partnership would not be broken up and said: "Until they get tired of each other, they will play again and again and again."

Ogilvy, by contrast, has suffered two heavy defeats against the pair and will be rested for Saturday's foursomes, with Weir and Clark given the task of trying to halt Woods and Stricker.

606: DEBATE

"Geoff's played a lot of golf of late," International captain Greg Norman said. "Quite honestly, he was beaten up a lot too. He was against Tiger and Stricker for two straight days. He felt like he was playing OK and he just got into a buzzsaw."

Norman was delighted with his team's resolve, however and said: "To come out with a push just was an admirable job by my guys.

"Tim Clark, to do what he did at the end, to come down to make eagle to win that match, was really the shot in the arm.

"I can tell you our team cabin is very, very happy right now and very excited about the way we turned things around, because it really could have been a disastrous situation if the trend just kept going the way it was going."


Friday's foursomes results (US first):
Mickelson/Leonard beat Goosen/Scott 3&2
Perry/O'Hair lost to Ishikawa/YE Yang 4&3
Furyk/Kim lost to Els/Weir 2down
Woods/Stricker beat Ogilvy/Cabrera 5&3
Glover/Cink lost to Singh/Clark 1down
Johnson/Mahan beat Allenby/Villegas 2&1



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see also
US take slender Presidents lead
09 Oct 09 |  Golf
Ogilvy eyes end of US domination
07 Oct 09 |  Golf
Presidents Cup captains revealed
26 Feb 08 |  Golf
US secure Presidents Cup victory
30 Sep 07 |  Golf
Golf on the BBC
01 Jul 11 |  Golf


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