Presidents Cup watch

A look at how the two teams performed in their warm-up events ahead of this week's showdown in Australia

Last Updated: 14/11/11 10:28am

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Adam Scott: One of six Internationals to post a top 10 finish

Adam Scott: One of six Internationals to post a top 10 finish

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Matt Kuchar (Australian Open): Big surprise to see the most consistent player on the US team bomb out at halfway. Kuchar has missed just five cuts in 57 starts. Four were outside mainland America - England, Canada, Hawaii and now Australia - so is he a dodgy traveller?!

Steve Stricker: Not in action last week as he nursed an injury.

Dustin Johnson (Australian Open): Great start by DJ - a 66 which left him tied second after round one - but stumbled badly over the final 54 holes, shooting 75-75-73 to slip to tied 38th. Poor on the greens and maybe that wasn't a surprise given he finished 171st in the 2011 PGA Tour Strokes Gained - Putting stats.

Webb Simpson: Rested up last week after busy season.

Nick Watney (Australian Open): Ideal warm-up for the man who finished third on the 2011 US Money List. Was around the lead all week and eventually finished tied fourth, ending just four shots behind the winner.

Phil Mickelson (Singapore Open): Not the week the left-hander would have wanted. Could only finish 33rd and got one less day of tournament practice after event was reduced to 54 holes.

Bubba Watson (Australian Open): Threatened to put in a title bid after opening 68-70 and although a pair of 72s on the weekend stopped that, a tied 12th place finish still represents a good week's work for the mercurial left-hander.

David Toms (Australian Open): A strangely erratic week for the oldest man on the US team. Mixed eagles and double bogeys on the weekend but too many errors left him tied 38th and he was never in contention.

Hunter Mahan (Australian Open): Withdrew before second round started due to shoulder trouble. A real concern for Couples even though he says he'll be ready to play this week.

Jim Furyk: Not in action last week.

Tiger Woods (Australian Open): He's getting closer! After managing one or two good rounds in previous events, Tiger was excellent for three of the four days here and was left to rue a third round 75 after finishing solo third, just two shots behind the winner. Still a very positive week overall.

Bill Haas (Australian Open): A low-key week for the man who pocketed $10m for winning the FedEx Cup - three 72s and a 71, leaving him in tied 29th. Played well from tee to green but needs to get putter heated up.

Captain:

Fred Couples (Australian Open): With his focus being on the performance of his team, Freddie was able to freewheel and ended a very satisfactory tied 15th. The Americans who finished beneath him probably feel a little sheepish.

INTERNATIONALS

Jason Day (Australian Open): Day has awesome talent but this was a week that highlighted his one failing, the ability to cross the line in front. Superb for 54 holes but closed with a 74 to finish tied fourth when expected to win after going out in final group. Still likely to be one of the stars of the show this week.

Adam Scott (Australian Open): Had an albatross on day one and an eagle in each round after that. Eventually finished tied fourth so confirmed the belief that he'll be one of the key men for the Internationals in Melbourne.

Charl Schwartzel (Taiheiyo Masters): A pretty decent warm-up for the Masters champ, finishing third. Winner was Asian amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama, who also flourished at Augusta earlier this year when he came tied 27th. Matsuyama could maybe be a Presidents Cup teammate of Schwartzel's soon.

KJ Choi: Rested up last week.

Kyung-tae Kim (Taiheiyo Masters): Played himself out of the tournament on day one but a pair of 68s restored some confidence and put him in tied 15th.

Retief Goosen (Singapore Open): Just made the cut on the number and then shot a modest 70 in what proved the final round of the tournament. Ended tied 46th.

Geoff Ogilvy (Australian Open): Looked like being a disappointing week for the defending champion but came flying through the field in the final round to snatch a share of fourth place so will go into the Presidents Cup with his confidence high.

Ernie Els (Singapore Open): Started poorly but found some form in rounds two and three to finish tied 23rd. Putting remains a concern though.

YE Yang (Singapore Open): The former PGA Champion started with a brilliant 63 but then lost momentum completely, slipping down the field to tied 23rd. "Disappointed finish to a great start. What a waste," he tweeted.

Ryo Ishikawa (Taiheiyo Masters): Always up against it after an opening 74 but eventually finished eighth and hit a hole-in-one - just the second of his career - in the final round.

Aaron Baddeley (Australian Open): Did his best work on the weekend - shooting 67-69 - to finish inside the top 10. And that was without his main weapon, the putter, working particularly well.

Robert Allenby (Australian Open): Missed the cut and was outspoken in his criticism of the greens. Often blows hot and cold though and will feel much more at home in his native Melbourne.

Captain:

Greg Norman (Australian Open): The rust in his own game eventually told and he slipped to tied 53rd. However, there was plenty of good news elsewhere on the leaderboard for the skipper.

Summary

At one stage, it looked as if the Australian Open would be Fred Couples' dream scenario - a win for Tiger Woods with many of his teammates filling the top 10.

Tiger's third round 75 put paid to that and although he recovered well, only Woods and Nick Watney finished in the top 10.

By contrast, Greg Norman's Aussie contingent left Sydney with a collective momentum after Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Jason Day tied fourth and Aaron Baddeley also made the top 10.

With Charl Schwartzel and Ryo Ishikawa also putting in decent performances in Japan, the Shark had six of his team make the top 10 in their build-up events.

Norman may feel this week's results put him one up on Couples, who witnessed just two top 10s from his team and also saw Hunter Mahan join Steve Stricker on the injury concern list.

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