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Nick Watney, United States, def. K.J. Choi, International, 3 and 2.

Playing perhaps the strongest player on the International team, Watney never trailed. He went 2 up with a birdie on the fifth hole, though Choi rallied with tough pars and squared the match when Watney made bogey from short of the 11th green. Choi hit into a bunker on the 12th and made bogey, and he ever recovered. Watney went 2 up on the 15th with a wedge to 4 feet that was conceded for birdie, and Choi made another bogey on the next hole to lose.


Adam Scott, International, def. Phil Mickelson, United States, 2 and 1.

What might have been a feature match turned into a dud quickly. Mickelson conceded the first three holes. He bladed a chip and made bogey on the first, took two shots to get out of the bunker on the second, and had a chip roll back off the third green. Mickelson halved the next hole with a bogey, won the sixth with a birdie, then conceded the eighth when Scott hit his approach into 4 feet and Mickelson missed a short par putt. Mickelson won two holes late when the match was dormie, but missed a 10-foot birdie try on the 17th to end it. Scott played well. In those four holes Mickelson conceded, Scott didn’t have a birdie putt longer than 12 feet.


Retief Goosen, International, def. Matt Kuchar, United States, 1 up.

Goosen chipped in for eagle from 45 yards on the second hole to square the match, then took the lead when he drove over the par-4 sixth green and chipped to 6 feet for birdie. Kuchar opened the back nine with consecutive bogeys to make this look like an International win, when it needed blue scores on the board. Kuchar won the next three holes _ twice with birdie _ to square the match, only to bogey the 16th and never catch up.


Jim Furyk, United States, def. Ernie Els, International, 4 and 3.

Furyk’s putter, his bane all season, carried him. He holed a 40-footer for eagle on No. 2, halved the next hole with an 8-foot putt, made a 12-footer on No. 4 for birdie, and made another 12-foot birdie try on No. 6 for birdie. That put him at 3 up. He struggled on the back nine with a double bogey on No. 10 and a bogey on the next hole as Els closed the margin, but Furyk birdied the 14th with a shot into 6 feet, and Els failed to birdie the next hole.


David Toms, United States, def. Robert Allenby, International, 7 and 5.

Allenby missed a 6-foot par putt on the opening hole, hit a poor chip on the fourth and a bad tee shot on the par-5 third. He lost all those holes to dig a hole, and eventually Toms came to life with birdies on the eighth and 11th to go 6 up. The match ended in a fitting manner when Allenby made a bogey on the 13th. The Aussie became the first captain’s pick since American John Huston in 1998 to not win a point.

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