Presidents Cup: Day 3

Day 2 was the four some competition at the 2011 Presidents Cup and it was a sensational day. The wind was fierce and when trying to read the greens, the players had to compensate for the wind. Phil Mickelson said after his victory that it was the toughest he has experienced on a golf course in a long time.

Of course, try as it may, the weather could not dampen the ability of the players and the 24 players on show produced high quality thrilling golf. There was another win for Simpson and Watson over Els and Ishikawa and with wins by Furyk  and Mickelson and Kuchar and Haas, the Americans led 7-3 at one stage. Baddeley and Day making up for day 1 provided the solitary early point for the Internationals. In the Ogilvy-Choi, they seemed in control and almost let slip at the end. But a sensational shot by Ogilvy and the miss by Watney let the Internationals confirm a second point, quickly followed by the 2 and 1 victory for the South African duo of Schwartzel and Goosen.

And so on to day 3. I will probably not get a chance to preview the afternoon round, but I will try my best. On day 3, each team chooses 2 players to sit out the opening round and a different two for the Afternoon round. Somewhat surprising is that Woods was given the chance ahead of Watney, but I think he will sit out in the afternoon. The bigger surprise is that the highly unsuccessful duo of Els and Ishikawa remain together for a third shot at a point. Expect these two to sit out the afternoon round.

Robert Allenby-Geoff Ogilvy, International vs. Webb Simpson-Bubba Watson, U.S.

Simpson and Watson have been solid in two wins against the Els/Ishikawa combination, this should be a sterner test, however I think that Watson, if he manages to control those allergies, and Simpson will edge this one.

ATJ: US to win

Bill Haas-Matt Kuchar, U.S. vs. Ernie Els-Ryo Ishikawa, International

Haas and Kuchar have played okay golf. But against Els and Ishikawa right now that seems to be almost sufficient. Els will be desperate to get a point for the side with which he is the only player to have tasted victory before.

ATJ: US to win

Retief Goosen-Charl Schwartzel, International vs. Hunter Mahan-David Toms, U.S.

This South African combination is a great one and proved today that they can sink the puts under pressure. Mahan and Toms get a second crack at it, but I think they will come out against a strong International pair again.

ATJ: Internationals to win

Tiger Woods-Dustin Johnson, U.S. vs. Adam Scott-K.J. Choi, International

The spectators wanted a Woods-Scott showdown. They got it. They now get part 2. Scott is reunited with Choi (who hit the shot of the day today from the wrong fairway) and Woods is paired with Johnson again. Expect Woods to sit out the afternoon round. Would really like to see a Woods –Els singles on Sunday, if only for the memory of 2003

ATJ: Internationals to win

Aaron Baddeley-Jason Day, International vs. Jim Furyk-Phil Mickelson, U.S.

The two unchanged pairs. Baddeley and day have 1 and a half points so far, Furyk and Mickelson have 2. This will be the match of the day and rightfully the closing match. I cant separate them and expect this game to end all square.

ATJ: All Square

So my predictions for the morning rounds leaves it at 2.5-2.5 for the morning and will mean the Americans maintain a 2 point overall lead. Coverage starts well before your alarm clock goes off.

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