Tiger Woods wins first point for the United States in the Presidents Cup

Presidents Cup

  • Venue: Royal Melbourne Golf Course
  • Date: 20 November 2011
  • Day four start: 1030 local time (Sunday), 2330 GMT (Saturday)

Coverage: Sky Sports 1 - 2330 GMT (Saturday)

Tiger Woods

Woods was assured of his first losing record in the Presidents Cup since 1998

Tiger Woods finally won a point but the International team fought back to 13-9 down to keep alive their hopes of winning the Presidents Cup.

Woods and Dustin Johnson beat Adam Scott and KJ Choi as the US won four of the five foursomes on day three.

The International side then won three of the afternoon fourballs to claim their first session in the biennial matchplay tournament since 2007.

Woods and Johnson lost to KT Kim and YE Yang on the last hole.

PRESIDENTS CUP FOURBALLS

  • Charl Schwartzel (SA) & Retief Goosen (SA) bt Webb Simpson & Bubba Watson (US) 2&1
  • YE Yang (Kor) & Kyung-Tae Kim (Kor) bt Dustin Johnson & Tiger Woods (US) 1 up
  • KJ Choi (Kor) & Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) bt Matt Kuchar & Steve Stricker (US) 1 up
  • Bill Haas & Hunter Mahan (US) bt Jason Day (Aus) & Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2&1
  • Jim Furyk & Nick Watney (US) bt Ernie Els (SA) & Adam Scott (Aus) 1 up

The former world number one, who was the only American not to register a point in the opening two days, struggled with his putting in the fourballs, missing nine putts from within 15 feet.

The tournament will be decided in the 12 singles matches on Sunday, where Woods will face Aaron Baddeley in the penultimate match.

In the afternoon, Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel handed Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson their first loss of the week. The Americans made only one birdie in blustery and rainy conditions.

Geoff Ogilvy and Choi hung on for a 1-up win over Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar, while a 30ft birdie putt from Jason Day on the 17th was not enough to prevent him and Baddeley losing 2&1 to Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas.

PRESIDENTS CUP FOURSOMES

  • Webb Simpson & Bubba Watson (US) bt Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) & Robert Allenby (Aus) 3&2
  • Ernie Els (SA) & Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) bt Bill Haas & Matt Kuchar (US) 1 up
  • Hunter Mahan David Toms (US) bt Charl Schwartzel (SA) & Retief Goosen (SA) 5&4
  • Dustin Johnson & Tiger Woods (US) bt Adam Scott (Aus) & KJ Choi (Kor) 3&2
  • Jim Furyk & Phil Mickelson (US) bt Jason Day (Aus) & Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2&1

Mahan said: "This is an Australian team we're playing here. You heard the crowd, so to win like that, it feels good."

Jim Furyk continued his 100% record as he teamed up with Nick Watney to beat Scott and Ernie Els by one hole in a closely fought clash.

Furyk and Phil Mickelson went to 3-0 as a team after winning their foursomes match, but US captain Fred Couples decided to rest Mickelson for the fourballs. The left-hander will face Scott in Sunday's singles.

Sunday's singles matches (US players first)

Webb Simpson v KT Kim

Dustin Johnson v Charl Schwartzel

Bubba Watson v Ryo Ishikawa

Bill Haas v Geoff Ogilvy

Hunter Mahan v Jason Day

Nick Watney v KJ Choi

Phil Mickelson v Adam Scott

Matt Kuchar v Retief Goosen

Jim Furyk v Ernie Els

David Toms v Robert Allenby

Tiger Woods v Aaron Baddeley

Steve Stricker v YE Yang