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US Team Battles Back at President's Cup Golf Tournament


The International Team leads the U.S. Team 6.5 to 5.5 after the second day of the President's Cup match play golf competition outside Washington. The U.S. team fought off a weather delay and a determined international squad to pull back into the match.

The opening U.S. team of Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco went to the last shot on the last hole before halving their match against U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell and Angel Cabrera of Argentina.

Campbell's three-meter chip on the 18th hole lipped out and the Americans got a half point from the match. Campbell and Cabrera have not lost so far in the competition, and the Kiwi says he is enjoying the tough play.

"It is my second President's Cup and I really am enjoying the moment here and enjoying guys competing against each other," Campbell said. "It is amazing how we are friends when we walk off the golf course but on the first tee we are enemies."

Chris DiMarco and Phil Mickelson have also not lost and DiMarco says he is having a great time playing with the former Masters Champion.

"It's fun to have partners," he said. "It is fun to have help out there. This is such a great atmosphere. It just brings out the best in you. And I can tell you for two days I have been as nervous as I can be out there, but it is fun nervous. It is what we play for."

In other matches, two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen of South Africa and Adam Scott of Australia beat Americans Fred Couples and David Toms (3 and 1). Former British Open winner Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank of the United States downed South Africa's Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir of Canada (2 and 1).

Fred Funk and Stewart Cink halved their match with world number two Vijay Singh of Fiji and Tim Clark of South Africa. Peter Lonard and Nick O'Hern of Australia beat Americans Davis Love III and Kenny Perry (3 and 2). World number one Tiger Woods of the United States and compatriot Jim Furyk defeated Stuart Appleby and Mark Hensby of Australia (3 and 2).

There are five foursomes and five four-ball matches Saturday. There are 12 singles matches Sunday. A team needs 17.5 points to win the Cup.

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