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The 2011 Presidents Cup

Who's in form, and who isn't

Posted Nov 16, 2011 by Chris White

Tiger Woods looked back on form in Australia

With the 2011 Presidents Cup just around the corner, it makes sense to have a look at how those representing the two teams have been getting on in recent weeks. After all, how are you meant to put your hard-earned pennies on a team without knowing their form?

The majority of players have just taken part in the Australian Open and Singapore Open, and many showed some fine form, including Tiger Woods, who finished third in Australia, a timely return to form for the former world number one.

USA TEAM

Matt Kucharinvolved in Australia, however his appearance was cut short because, well, he didn’t make the cut. The most consistent of all players named to take part, Kuchar has missed just five cuts in 57 appearances

Dustin Johnsonfinished tied for 38th in Australia. Shot an opening round 66 leaving him tied for second, but scores of 75, 75 and 73 weren’t that great.

Phil Mickelsonfinished 33rd in Singapore and like the others taking part, saw his playing time cut short because of the torrential storms reducing the tournaments to 54 holes.

Bubba Watsontied for 12th at the Australian Open, after some strong opening rounds – 68 and 70.

David Tomsan erratic performance from the oldest participant. Tied for 38th in Australia.

Hunter Mahanforced to withdraw from the Australian Open due to a shoulder injury. Said he should be fit for the Presidents Cup, but the injury will concern Fred Couples.

Tiger Woods – looked as though he’d remembered which end of the club to hold in Australia. For three days he was at his best, but a third round 75 cost him victory, finishing third overall, two shots behind Greg Chalmers.

Bill Haasthis year’s FedEx Cup winner finished tied in 29th at the Australian Open, struggled with his putting all weekend.

Fred Couplesa good week in Australia for the skipper, finishing 15th, able to go around keeping an eye on his team members.

Steve Stricker, Webb Simpson and Jim Furykall resting ahead of the tournament, Stricker through injury.

INTERNATIONAL TEAM

Jason Dayfinished tied for 4th in his home country, again showing a flaw in his game, which is to close out tournaments. Superb for the first 54 holes, but a final round 74 cost him. That and a resurgent Woods of course.

Adam Scottanother man to finish fourth in Australia. Looks in good form so could be a vital part of the international team.

Charl Schwartzelthe Masters winner was in action at the Taiheyo Masters, finishing third overall.

Kyung-tae Kimanother to take part at the Taiheyo Masters, he finished strongly, bouncing back from two 68s in the opening rounds to finish tied for 15th.

Retief Goosenpoor performance in Singapore, coming tied 46th. Just made the cut and then produced a final round 70.

Geoff Ogilvygrabbed a share of fourth place with Day and Scott after a stunning final round. Started poorly and will have to start much better in the Presidents Cup.

Ernie Elsfound his form in Singapore after a poor start. Putting was erratic throughout and was the main reason for his 23rd place finish.

YE Yangformer PGA Champion started strongly with an opening round of 63, but fell away towards the end.

Ryo Ishikiawaboosted by a hole in one at the Taiheyo Masters, he finished eighth overall, but started with an opening round of 74 which cost him.

Aaron Baddeleyfinished inside the top 10 in Australia thanks to a 67, 69.

Robert Allenbymissed the cut in Australia and heavily critical of the greens, will have to get his game in order for the Presidents Cup.

Greg Normanthe skipper eventually finished tied for 53rd in Australia, but will take heart from the performance of his team members, who impressed on the whole.

KJ Choirested ahead of the tournament.

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