- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2005

LAKE MANASSAS, Va. — Entering yesterday’s pivotal President Cup matches winless (0-3) in foursomes and four-ball competitions, American Kenny Perry delivered one of the finest individual performances in singles play when he easily dispatched Australian Mark Hensby 4and 3.

U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus held Perry out of Saturday’s morning foursomes because of his performance, giving the Kentucky native some time to think. That down time paid off yesterday when Perry shot 8under and gave the U.S. team a huge point.

“This is one of the greatest moments for me in a long time,” Perry said. “My butt was kind of sore from being knocked around here all week. Fortunately, I was able to get a point for us today.”

Perry birdied five of his first nine holes to go 3up on Hensby. He won the match from the fairway on No.15 when he lasered a shot to within a foot of the hole.

“That was special to come up the fairway, everybody chanting ‘U-S-A,’” he said of the match-winning shot. “It gave me goose bumps. Just brought tears to my eyes. I’ve never experienced anything like that in all of my years on the golf course.”

Toms bounces back

David Toms, who collapsed during last week’s 84 Lumber Classic with a heart condition in the wake of watching Hurricane Katrina devastate his native Louisiana, managed to stay mentally sharp all week.

Yesterday, Toms notched his only win of this Presidents Cup — a 2-and-1 victory over young South African Tim Clark in the second singles match of the day that gave the U.S. a 13-11 lead.

“I was actually looking forward to getting inside the ropes this week and competing,” Toms said. “I ran into a buzz saw every match and even today, but I was lucky enough to play just a little bit better. Certainly the golf course is an escape for all of us. What’s going on in the world and for me has been kind of sad lately and what’s been going on at home.”

The Goose-inator

South African Retief Goosen, the world’s No.5 golfer, lived up to his ranking with a dominating 4-0-1 record against the Americans.

Goosen won a showdown against Tiger Woods in yesterday’s singles matches and teamed with young Australian Adam Scott to go 3-0-1 in foursomes and four-ball, thanks to some great putting.

Yesterday against Woods, Goosen dropped a 50-footer on RTJ’s No.3 and a slightly uphill 45-foot on the par-3, 190-yard No.9.

“I’ve been putting very well all week, seeing the greens very well,” Goosen said. “When I stood over one, I always felt like they were going to go in.”

Man of the match

American Chris DiMarco put on quite a show all week — including a hole-in-one on Saturday on RTJ’s No.7.

But he saved his best for last yesterday when he birdied No.18 to defeat Australian Stuart Appleby 1up as the Americans captured their first international victory since the 2000 Presidents Cup at RTJ.

DiMarco, whose second-place finish at this year’s Masters was his best at a major, was asked if winning the Presidents Cup was like winning a major.

“I’ll tell you how that feels when I get there,” DiMarco said.

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