"Americans kicked our butts" — Greg Norman

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, (Nov. 20, 2011) — Even though Greg Norman would stand by his claim that he would have picked Keegan Bradley over Tiger Woods, he did proclaim that “at the end of the day the Americans kicked our butts.”  Several players with California ties were crucial in that endeavor, Phil Mickleson being one of them.  Mickelson won 3 points with partner Jim Fuyk and once again proved to be a leader among a team veterans and rookies alike.

Fresno native Nick Watney posted a winning record that included a pivotal singles win over KJ Choi on Sunday when the matches had a chance to go either way. Watney went 2-1-1 for the weeks.

Orange County native Hunter Mahan impressed all week with a 4-1 record and two emotional victories over Aussie superstar Jason Day.

And then there was Tiger Woods.  After being drummed 7 and 6 in his first match with partner Steve Stricker, he would stick to his game plan by playing Royal Melbourne as a second shot track and hitting all of his spots.  When his putter got hot on Sunday it was scene from the Tiger of old, the icy Tiger the would match speed and line on the greens better than anyone.  Tiger went 2-3-0 for the week and won the final match that gave the 2011 Presidents Cup to the U.S. team for the seventh time in eight attempts.

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