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Archive for Saturday, September 29, 2007

U.S. lead cut to two points

Internationals trail Presidents Cup by two

September 29, 2007

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— Woody Austin made three straight birdies to earn an important halve for the Americans on Friday - though that is hardly what he'll be remembered for on a day when the International team fought back at the Presidents Cup.

Playing in the final match, Austin lost his balance and fell face-first into a lake along the 14th fairway - a comical scene replayed on the large video screens around Royal Montreal. But Austin got the last laugh, winning two of the final three holes for the halve.

"You couldn't see who it was because his head was underwater," Steve Stricker said after teaming with Scott Verplank to deliver the only U.S. victory. "You figured it had to be Woody."

Vijay Singh and Stuart Appleby handed Tiger Woods his worst loss in team competition, 5 and 4, and the International team won 41â2 points out of the six fourball matches to cut the Americans' lead to 7-5.

Angel Cabrera made a 10-foot birdie on the 18th, teaming with Retief Goosen for a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan. Geoff Ogilvy picked up another point with a five-foot birdie on the 18th, right after Lucas Glover made a 15-foot birdie.

Playing in front a home crowd, Canadian Mike Weir made seven birdies as he and Ernie Els beat Zach Johnson and Charles Howell III, 3 and 1.

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