Thursday foursomes matches scores

Originally Published: October 8, 2009

International team flagInternational Team:
Mike Weir, Tim Clark
U.S. flagU.S. Team:
Anthony Kim, Phil Mickelson
Match Status: U.S. wins 3 and 2
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 T
Int'l 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up AS AS 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up
U.S. AS AS 1 Up AS AS 1 Up 2 Up 3&2
Match summary: The International team never made a birdie, yet it still had a 1-up lead with six holes to play. The sloppiness of the match in the early going was evident on the 380-yard sixth hole, which the Americans won with a bogey after Clark and Weir bumbled their way through the trees.

The Americans squared the match when Kim hit a wedge to 3 feet at No. 13, took the lead when Mickelson holed an 18-foot birdie on the 14th and seized control when Mickelson made an 8-footer at the 15th. They closed out the match with a fourth straight birdie.

International team flagInternational Team:
Adam Scott, Ernie Els
U.S. flagU.S. Team:
Hunter Mahan, Sean O'Hair
Match Status: International wins 2 and 1
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 T
Int'l 1 Up 1 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 2 Up 2&1
Match summary: Scott helped validate being a captain's pick by earning a point with Els. The International team didn't make its first birdie until the 16th hole and never trailed in the match, which spoke more to the sloppy play of the American team.

The Americans took four shots to reach the par-5 first hole and still had a chance to halve it until Mahan missed a 4-footer. Sean O'Hair hit his tee shot to 18 inches for a conceded birdie on No. 2, but that was it. The Americans bogeyed the next two holes to fall behind, and Scott hit a wedge to 2 feet on the 16th hole to give the International side control.

International team flagInternational Team:
Vijay Singh, Robert Allenby
U.S. flagU.S. Team:
Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink
Match Status: International wins 1 Up
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 T
Int'l 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up
Match summary: After five holes, the International team had four birdies and only managed a 1-up lead as the Americans' two major champions this year matched birdies on three of those holes.

The International team built a 2-up lead when Glover came up short on the sixth fairway, and it was comfortably ahead until the end. A bogey on the 15th when Allenby hit into a bunker, followed by Glover's wedge to 3 feet for birdie at the 16th squared the match.

The International side took the lead on the 17th when Glover missed a 5-foot birdie putt, and both teams got up-and-down for birdie on the final hole.

International team flagInternational Team:
Angel Cabrera, Camilo Villegas
U.S. flagU.S. Team:
Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson
Match Status: U.S. wins 2 Up
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 T
Int'l 1 Up AS AS AS AS AS AS
U.S. AS AS AS 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 2 Up
Match summary: The International side took its only lead when Villegas made a 25-foot birdie on the second hole, only for the Americans to square the match on the next hole when Perry made birdie from the same distance.

The Americans went ahead when the International side failed to birdie the par-5 fifth, and they gave it back with a bogey on the 10th. The match turned on the 16th when Villegas hit into a bunker and Johnson made a 10-foot birdie putt. They matched birdies on the 17th, and the International team conceded a long eagle putt to the Americans after Cabrera's tee shot landed in an awkward lie in the bunker.

International team flagInternational Team:
Geoff Ogilvy, Ryo Ishikawa
U.S. flagU.S. Team:
Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker
Match Status: U.S. wins 6 and 4
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 T
U.S. AS 1 Up 2 Up 2 Up 2 Up 3 Up 3 Up 3 Up 4 Up 5 Up 5 Up 5 Up 5 Up 6&4
Match summary: From the second hole, this was no contest. Woods rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt for a 1-up lead, and the Americans went on to make four birdies through six holes to build a commanding advantage.

It was a combination of Woods' pure iron shots and Stricker's pure putting. Stricker made a 12-foot birdie at No. 5 to halve the hole, and he knocked in a 30-foot at No. 9 to take a 4-up lead to the back nine.

The International team didn't win a single hole, although it scored better than other teams at even par through 14 holes.

International team flagInternational Team:
Retief Goosen, Y.E. Yang
U.S. flagU.S. Team:
Jim Furyk, Justin Leonard
Match Status: Halved
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 T
Int'l 1 Up 1 Up 2 Up 2 Up 3 Up 2 Up 1 Up AS AS AS AS
U.S. AS 1 Up 1 Up 1 Up 2 Up 2 Up 1 Up
Match summary: The International team won three of the opening five holes, a combination of a birdie at the par-5 first and sloppy bogeys by the Americans. That changed in a hurry, however, when the Americans made two birdies and two pars in winning the next four holes, capped off by Furyk chipping in from the side of a bunker at No. 9.

The Americans were 2-up with two to play until Goosen made a birdie putt at the 17th. On the par-5 18th, Leonard reached the green in two with a fairway metal, while Goosen missed to the right. The International team got up-and-down for birdie, and Goosen thought initially the match was over.

Leonard still had a 3-foot birdie putt to win the match, but it hit the right lip and the matched ended in a halve.

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