International's Backs Against the Wall On Last Day

Weir watches his chances fade away in a morning match with Tim Clark against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker

Weir watches his chances fade away in a morning match with Tim Clark against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker

A bunch of thoughts after spending the day watching the Presidents Cup:

  • One poster today said Mike Weir coughed it up to Tiger Woods this morning. Not sure I see it that way. Weir and Tim Clark aren’t exactly bombers and I almost thought they were a sacrifice to the Woods/Steve Stricker train that is rolling through whomever they play. Weir and Clark held them right to the end when Weir’s hybrid soared right while Woods’ iron was tight. End of match there. Came down to one excellent shot versus one so-so shot. That’s why Woods is the best in the world. Did Weir fold? How many others have taken Stricker and Woods to the last hole this week?
  • Weir playing with Ernie Els, on the other hand, look rock solid.
  • Norman isn’t looking like a rocket scientist with his captain’s picks. Adam Scott is a woeful 1-3-0 and Ryo Ishikawa is 2-2-0, which I guess isn’t a bust. However, Ishikawa and YE Yang were destroyed by Woods and Stricker today, and to be honest, I don’t think Ryo has been that impressive. The talk in the TV tower about Ishikawa has mainly centered on how you say his name (Paul Azinger said it should be like the Duran Duran song — thanks Paul), not on his abilities. There had to be two stronger picks out there.
  • Who plays Tiger Woods in singles, considering the International team would need to take him out if they have any hope of overcoming a three point deficit? I see only two choices — Weir, who has taken Tiger down in this situation once before, and Els, who is the strongest player on the International team, though he admittedly benefited from some of Weir’s play in the foursomes. On the other hand where to the Internationals hide Scott, Camilo Villegas (a terrible 0-3-0)? I guess you play them against the US losers of Cink and Glover? Where does that leave Angel Cabrera, who also looks awful.
  • Speaking of which, does it strike anyone as odd that three of this year’s major winners — Cabrera, Cink and Glover — have been so, well, average to less than average?

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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