After sitting out both rounds of play on Saturday (Friday night in North America) at the 2019 Presidents Cup, playing captain Tiger Woods is back on the course for Sunday’s final singles match.
Woods, who boasts a 6-2 record in eight previous appearances, will be first out the gate for the Americans, taking on the MVP for the Internationals, Abraham Ancer. The Presidents Cup rookie has been lights-out for Ernie Els this week at Royal Melbourne, going 3-0-1 in his four matches.
Woods and Ancer tee off in Australia at 6:02 p.m. ET, and you can follow their final match with shot-by-shot analysis below.
Hole 8 – Par 4
Big Cat paints the center of the fairway off the tee and attacks the back left pin. He’s pin-high, about 20 feet to to the right of the cup. Ancer’s approach was just on the front of the green, so, advantage Tiger.
Hole 7 – Par 4
Another tee shot runs a little long and through the fairway for Tiger. He’ll have around 200 yards to a back-left pin. Good lie just off the fairway in the baked-out, trampled-down rough. Solid shot there, following Ancer’s lead (who’s just five feet from the hole). Tiger’s got 16 feet for birdie, needs to make this to really put pressure on Ancer. Great pace here, just misses it a hair left. Ancer deserved to win this hole after stuffing the approach and he does just that. THIS. IS. FUN.
Match: Tied thru 7.
Hole 6 – Par 4
Short par 4 that has some treacherous hazards if you go for the green. With the wind in his face, Tiger pulls a fairway wood and finds the middle of the fairway. Great angle at the pin, should be able to attack here. Not a poor effort, skipping this one 15 feet past the hole. Not as dialed-in as the first two days, but that’s because HE DIDN’T PICK HIMSELF AT ALL YESTERDAY. Yeah, still not over that. Anyways, it’s a putting contest here with Ancer about three feet closer to the cup. YAHTZEE! Tiger paces this one in with ease. Ancer just misses the edge. Advantage Tiger.
Match: Woods 1 up thru 6.
Hole 5 – Par 3
Oof. This was … bad. Very bad. I’m talking like 7-handicap bad. He’s well short of the pin, in the bunker. And it’s not even a nice day for the beach, looks a bit chilly in Oz today. His out is pretty average by most standards, coming to rest eight feet behind the hole, but Ancer’s close. This putt just dives right at the last second, and Woods concedes. Even again.
Match: Even thru 5.
Hole 4 – Par 4
Driver here for TW finds the short grass, middle of the fairway. Useful. Just useful. The pin today is tucked away left, guarded by bunkers in the front and rear. Tiger plays this one middle-left of the green, safely 25 feet from the pin. Ancer has a considerably longer putt, so this could be a good time to get the lead back. Full-on defense mood here, just lagging this one close, putting the pressure on Ancer, whose birdie blew by the hole. With Ancer in for bogey, Tiger curls in the three-footer for the win.
Match: Tiger 1 up thru 4.
Hole 3 – Par 3
This one was on a perfect line, but just a few feet short. Instead of climbing up on the green, it’s down in front. Pitch up the hill isn’t too great, leaving 15 feet for par. This one fails to drop, and Tiger plays out of turn and taps in from just outside a foot. Interesting. Ancer evens the match with a par. Tough bogey. Weird hole, though.
Match: Tied thru 3.
Hole 2 – Par 5
Another confident swing with the driver has Tiger down the right side of the fairway. Time to score. The Big Cat gets home in two, finding the green below the hole, lets call it 30 feet. He lags that eagle putt up close and it’s a gimme birdie. We’re on the board! Ancer can’t convert his birdie from above the hole (that’s the first putt he’s missed all week it seems like).
Match: Woods 1 up thru 2.
Hole 1 – Par 4
SHOWTIME! Driver here on No. 1 for Tiger and it looks like this one leaked through the fairway and into the rough. Shouldn’t be too bad of a look there. Not a bad lie and Tiger gets this one onto the green, inside 15 feet for birdie. No dice on the birdie, leaving a two-putt par. Not bad after missing the fairway. Ancer pars as well. All tied.
Match: Tied thru 1.
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