- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2007

The results in yesterday’s opening series of foursomes (alternate shot) matches (in order of finish) at Royal Montreal Golf Club (7,153 yards, par 70):

Steve Stricker-Hunter Mahan (U.S.) def. Adam Scott-Geoff Ogilvy (Int.) 3 and 2

 The U.S. pair took a 3-up lead through five holes and scored the first point of the matches when renaissance man Stricker drained a 12-footer for birdie at No. 16.

Phil Mickelson-Woody Austin (U.S.) halve Vijay Singh-Mike Weir (Int.)

 In the best match of the opening day, the American pair rallied from 3-down through 11 to earn a halve behind the strong play of Austin, the 43-year-old U.S. rookie. Austin buried a 30-foot birdie at No. 12 to reverse the momentum of the match. The United States would have won the match outright if not for a miracle hole-out from Singh at the 15th from the left, short-side bunker.

 Given the prematch animosity generated when both Weir and Singh slighted Mickelson, the United States claimed the moral high ground by conceding Singh’s 4-footer to halve the match on the 18th. The gifted putt was ordered by U.S. skipper Jack Nicklaus, who famously gave a putt to Tony Jacklin at the 1969 Ryder Cup.

Stewart Cink-Zach Johnson (U.S.) def. Rory Sabbatini-Trevor Immelman (Int.) 1-up

 The teams came to the 18th all square, but Sabbatini fanned his drive into the water, dooming the Internationals to a costly closing bogey.

Jim Furyk-David Toms (U.S.) def. Angel Cabrera-Ernie Els (Int.) 1-up

 The Internationals rallied from three down after 10 to force an 18th hole, but both teams made a hash of the closing hole. Usually one of the game’s best putters, Els missed a 4-footer on No. 18 that would have earned the Internationals a crucial halve.

Tiger Woods-Charles Howell III (U.S.) def. Nick O’Hern-K.J. Choi (Int.) 3 and 1

 Woods received little help from the struggling Howell, who missed a tap-in early in the round and drove into the water on No. 16. But after a superb recovery to 10 feet by Woods, Howell dropped the clinching putt to down an International pairing that played the worst golf of any duo on the course.

Lucas Glover-Scott Verplank (U.S.) def. Stuart Appleby-Retief Goosen (Int.) 2-up

 Glover carried the U.S. pairing, while Appleby put on an awful performance.

Opening Day Score: United States 5½, International ½

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