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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Golf News, Source, -- Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were selected Wednesday as captains of the Presidents Cup for the third straight time, giving Player a chance to finally get a victory in the matches and Nicklaus an opportunity to hoist a trophy in Canada.

"We couldn't be more pleased to have these two back and connected with the game," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said.

The Presidents Cup will be played in the fall of 2007 at Royal Montreal, the oldest golf club in North America. The announcement at Muirfield Village was a mild surprise, especially the way the matches ended last year. It was a farewell tour for Nicklaus, who played his final major championship at the British Open, then went out in style when his U.S. team won the Presidents Cup in the final match on the final hole when Chris DiMarco made a 15-foot birdie. Finchem said U.S. players lobbied to bring Nicklaus back, and the Golden Bear said it was a perfect way to stay in the game.

"I was very flattered they gave me an opportunity to stay involved in something I love," Nicklaus said.

Nicklaus and Player, rivals in their prime who were among only five men to win the career Grand Slam, have staged quite a duel as captains in the Presidents Cup.

Finchem noted that in the last two Presidents Cups, the U.S. and International teams have played 1,221 holes over 68 matches and the outcome wasn't determined until the last putt.

"It's our time to win," Player said.

It will be the fourth time Nicklaus has been captain in the Presidents Cup, with a 1-1-1 record. He might be motivated going to Canada, which became an elusive championship for him to win. The Canadian Open is the only significant tournament Nicklaus never won during his career, although he finished second seven times at golf's third-oldest championship.

The matches will be played Sept. 27-30.

Monday, September 26, 2005

The U.S. team has defeated the Internationals 18 ½ to 15 ½ to take the Presidents Cup golf competition outside Washington. The competition came down to the last group on the last hole.Sunday´s 

Sunday´s US Victories:  Match 1 Justin Leonard Tim Clark 4 and 3   F , Match 2  David Tom Trevor Immelman 2 and 1   F , Match 4  Kenny Perry Mark Hensby  4 and 3   F , Match 5  Fred Couples  Vijay Singh 1 up   F , Match 7  Jim Furyk  Adam Scott 3 and 2   F , Match 10  Davis Love III  Nick O'Hern  and 3   F ,Match 12 Chris DiMarco Stuart Appleby 1 Up F

Sunday´s International Victories. Match 3 Tiger Woods  Retief Goosen  2 and 1   F, Match 6 Scott Verplank  Mike Weir 3 and 2   F, Match 8  Stewart Cink  Peter Lonard  3 and 2   F, Match 9   Fred Funk  Michael Campbell 3 and 2   F

Matches halved: ,Match 11  Phil Mickelson Angel Cabrera Halved   F

This is the U.S. team's first major international team win since it took the President's Cup in 2000 also at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. The U.S team has never lost a President's Cup competition at the Virginia venue. The next President's Cup competition is at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Canada in two years.

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Friday was a day of redemption for the American team. Tiger Woods won his first point together with teammate Jim Furyk, by defeating the International squad of Stuart Appleby and Mark Hensby , 3 and 2.Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco fought back from a 2 down deficit to recover a half point. Match halved.

In match three two time US Open Champion Retief Goosen and Adam Scott easily took out a strong US team lead by Fred Couples and David Toms, 3 and 1.Later on in the day the American team of Justin Leonard and Scott Verplak came back from a two down deficit after four holes to win they match against Capitan´s pick Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir.World´s number two ranked player Vijay Sign teamed with Tim Clark in an back and forth match that ended in a tie with Fred Funk and Stewart Cink. Match halved.And the last match of the day that featured two classy veterans Davis Love and Kenny Perry lost easily to the eclectic international team of Peter Lonard and Nick O´Hern, 3 and 2

Friday, was day that saw six very tough four-ball matches, Saturday will feature a busy day with five foursomes and five four-balls. All 12 players are in on Sunday for the singles matches.

Entering the weekend the Overall Score is: US Team 5.5, and the International Team 6.5.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The International side took a 3 1/2 - 2 1/2 lead after Thursday's six foursomes matches at The Presidents Cup at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. The Internationals enjoyed a great start in the opening match as two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen and Adam Scott defeated world No. 1 Tiger Woods and Fred Couples, 4 and 3.

Thursday´s Results:
The second match was halved between Jim Furyk and Fred Funk and Internationals Vijay Singh and Mark Hensby.
Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco were able to win a point for the U.S. side when they beat Nick O'Hern and Tim Clark, 1-up.
The fourth match went to the US team of Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank. They easily defeated Peter Lonard and Stuart Appleby, 4 and 2.
Later on in the day U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell and Argentina´s Angel Cabrera took out the American team of Davis Love III and Kenny Perry. 2 and 1.
Thursday's last match was easily won by the International team of Trevor Immelman, and Canadian Mike Weir, against Stewart Cink and David Toms, 6 and 5.

"I think we're a little disappointed," said American captain Jack Nicklaus. "Tomorrow is another day. We're basically a half-point behind."

The American´s historically struggle during the first days of this prestigious International competition to come back strong on the singles matches disputed during the final day.
On Friday, there will be six four-ball matches with five foursomes and five four-balls on Saturday. All 12 players are in on Sunday for the singles matches.

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