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U.S. maintains slim lead over International team at Presidents Cup

The U.S. team was poised to take a comfortable lead on day two, but the International team held on to keep their opponents lead to one.

October 10, 2009|Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker dominate no matter the format.

Phil Mickelson wins no matter whom he has for a partner.

It still isn't enough for the Americans to shake the pesky International team in the Presidents Cup.

For the second straight day, the Americans were poised to take a comfortable lead.

The International team just won't go away.

It rallied to win two late matches to split the fourballs session and keep the Americans' lead at one point, 6 1/2 to 5 1/2 .

Ernie Els and Mike Weir won the final three holes to turn defeat into a 2-up victory, thanks to the Canadian hitting three-wood from the base of the bleachers and onto the green for an eagle that was conceded.

In the final match on the course, Tim Clark ripped a three-wood to 15 feet and dropped to his knees when the eagle putt curled into the cup. He and Vijay Singh won the last two holes for a 1-up victory against Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover, America's two major champions who remain without a point heading into the weekend.

"We watched the board a little bit and we knew all the of matches were within or two, except for a couple of them, so we knew if we could turn it around . . . there's still a lot of golf to play," Weir said.

Stricker chipped in for birdie on the first hole, hit a wedge to two feet to take the lead for good on the par-five fifth, and Woods made sure Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera never got close on the back nine. Woods hit a towering approach to five feet on the 15th hole for a birdie that was conceded in a 5-and-3 victory.

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