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US, International Team Face Off for Presidents Cup Title

  • David Byrd

The United States and the International Team face off Sunday for the Presidents Cup match-play golf competition outside Washington. The two sides enter the final 12 singles matches tied at 11-11.

The first match of the day has Justin Leonard of the U.S. team taking on South Africa's Tim Clark. David Toms of the United States plays another South African, Trevor Immelman in the second match.

World number one Tiger Woods of the United States faces South Africa's Retief Goosen in the third match. American Kenny Perry takes on Aussie Mark Hensby followed by Fred Couples of the United States against world number two Vijay Singh.

U.S. Captain Jack Nicklaus says that fans know Sunday's play will be some of the best golf of the week.

"I know I have good strong players," he said. "Gary has good strong players. Obviously at this point we are all even. So they must be pretty even so we will see what happens tomorrow."

Other matches have American Scott Verplank taking on Canada's Mike Weir while Jim Furyk plays Australian Adam Scott.

Stewart Cink of the United States faces Australian Peter Lonard and Fred Funk plays U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell of New Zealand. International Captain Gary Player says that the matches are so close that fans can look for some fantastic play Sunday.

"No it's unbelievable after all this amount of golf that we are all even going into tomorrow's (Sunday) singles," he said. "See what we can do there. We will have some great matches for the fans tomorrow and wow are they in for a feast of golf."

The last matches of the day have former PGA Champion Davis Love the Third taking on Australian Nick O'Hern. Last year's Masters Champion Phil Mickelson plays Argentina's Angel Cabrera and Chris DiMarco of the United States plays Australian Stuart Appleby in the last match of the day.

A team needs 17.5 points to win the Presidents Cup. The last time these two teams met in 2003 in South Africa, the competition was declared a tie when Tiger Woods and Ernie Els could not continue their playoff because of darkness.

Both Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player said they would not consider a draw a bad result for this week's play, but both agreed they want to win the Cup.