US team dominate on opening day of Presidents Cup

US team dominate on opening day of Presidents Cup
Players from the US professional golf team have dominated the green during the opening round of the Presidents Cup today (November 17th), as they stormed to a 4-2 lead against their international opponents.

Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk's four and three defeat of Robert Allenby and Retief Goosen captivated the crowd, while David Toms and Hunter Mahan prevailed six and five over South Korean pair KT Kim and YE Yang.

Competition debutants Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson became the first to claim a point for the US team as they triumphed four and two over Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa in a thrilling game in the opening round.

However, the game that attracted the most attention was Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker's surprising loss against Australia's Adam Scott and South Korea's KJ Choi, where the underdogs held a 4-2 lead over the former world number one.

"They got off to a good start and we just couldn't keep up," said a disappointed Woods after the clinch. "We kept the ball on the wrong side of the slopes and this golf course is so difficult that it's hard to make up shots. They shot four under par on us."

US partnership Duston Johnson and Matt Kuchar recovered from two down with two to play to halve their match with Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day, with Nick Watney and Bill Haas also enjoyed late success for a share of the points with Geoff Ogilvy and Charl Schwartzel.

Haas has impressed golf enthusiasts in recent times after triumphing three times during the last two years, including the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, which resulted in his victory at the FedExCup.

"This week, being here, puts a lot of things in perspective like how good these guys are and it's an honour to be playing with them and against them week-in and week-out. It humbles you but also fires you up to get better," he told the PGA Tour website.

Earlier this week, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced South Korea would be the next international venue for the Presidents Cup, which will represent the tournament's first trip to Asia.

While the specific site is yet to be determined, Finchem highlighted the increasing popularity of golf across the continent among the reasons for selecting the location. He was also joined by KJ Choi, KT Kim and YE Yang to make the announcement.

"Each Presidents Cup has been bigger and better than the one before, and I'm confident South Korea will serve as the perfect stage for the event when it enters its 21st year," he added.  ADNFCR-1532-ID-801213943-ADNFCR

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