Saturday, December 14th, 2019


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Presidents Cup – Day 3 Foursomes Matches

Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 (Australia – Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019)


** U.S. defeated Internationals 3-1 in the Day 3 afternoon foursomes matches.

** Internationals leads the U.S. 10-8 heading into Final Day singles matches.

** Final Day Singles Matches TV Schedule: Saturday on GOLF Channel from 6 p.m.-midnight ET.

** Golf Central Live From the Presidents Cup will prepare viewers for final day singles matches Saturday from 4-6 p.m. ET.


Day 3 Afternoon Foursomes Matches Results (International Leads U.S. 10-8)

Dustin Johnson/Gary Woodland (U.S.)          2&1     Adam Scott/Louis Oosthuizen (INT)

Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas (U.S.)              TIE      Abraham Ancer/Marc Leishman (INT)

Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (U.S.)      2&1     Sungjae Im/Cameron Smith (INT)

Tony Finau/Matt Kuchar (U.S.)                     TIE      Byeong Hun An/Joaquin Niemann (INT)


Tiger Woods speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following the foursomes matches

Tiger Woods – “We chipped away at it. We knocked their lead down one. We have 12 matches tomorrow. We have a long way to go. The guys all played well which is great to see. They all partnered up well. We are just trusting each other and we love it.

Woods – “I expect my guys to fight, myself to fight and get out there and hopefully get some red out there early, get some momentum and get things rolling.”


On Presidents Cup Day 3 Afternoon Foursomes

Dan Hicks – “It proves to us all once again how match play is the best that this sport has to offer. The twists and the turns and momentum changes.”

David Feherty – “It is easier to get comfortable when you are underdogs. I’ve always felt that way. Not too much expected of you. The Internationals, when they came in they were underdogs. Now, the Americans are feeling like underdogs and they are throwing more caution to the wind.”

Paul Azinger – “Ernie Els is in the process of changing the culture on how this International squad comes together as a team.”

Azinger – “This is the Americans’ format and it shows.”

Azinger – “This crowd is jacked up today and the Americans have been able to muzzle them a little bit.”

Azinger – “Tiger has said ‘I trust my players, I trust my players.’ Over and over he has said that. I think Tiger trusts the idea that they dominate this format. They are showing it today.”

Hicks – “This is shaping up to be a dramatic final day.”

Azinger – “This crowd is energized, even more than they even hoped for.”


On Dustin Johnson/Gary Woodland defeating Louis Oosthuizen/Adam Scott 2&1

Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following their match

Dustin Johnson – “It is so firm and fast it is really hard to get it close to the holes. And then when you do get it close to the hole, a lot of times you are putting downhill and your putts are breaking a lot, so it is hard to make putts. I felt like me and Gary played really well today against a tough team with Adam and Louis and put a point on the board for the U.S.”

Gary Woodland – “This the first one I’ve won so it’s been really hard. We were just trying to get a point on the board. Captain told us this morning he was going to send us out early, to try to put red up early and try to get the guys behind us to ride that momentum. Fortunately, we got off to a good start. Obviously playing Louis and Adam is tough, especially playing them here. We were excited to get that point and hopefully carry the momentum tomorrow.”


On Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas TIED Marc Leishman/Abraham Ancer

Paul Azinger – “What a turnaround.”

Azinger – “Rickie and Justin are just shocked right now. They are going to lose sleep over this one.”

David Feherty – “Ancer has definitely shown us something this week.”

Roger Maltbie – “They [Fowler and Thomas] got very conservative on the back nine, and the Internationals eased their way back. They were just different guys on the second nine.”

Dan Hicks – “Leishman and Ancer have pulled off the improbable today.”

Hicks – “You can see the energy in those two players who grew up about 8,700 miles apart. Yet teammates who have bonded by this experience and today’s comeback.”

Azinger – “Rickie and JT will have to put this behind them quickly.”

Hicks – “It can turn around in a hurry. All of the jubilation that Fowler and Thomas felt at this green yesterday. Much different feeling today.”


Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following their match

Abraham Ancer – “We just kept believing. We told ourselves that we would keep going at it and that we were going to fight until the end. We were not going to give up even though we were five down. So, we were just going to find a way to get it done and we did. It is pretty spectacular, the emotions were great. The people were amazing and we couldn’t be more stoked.”

Marc Leishman – “It was pretty amazing. Even when we were down on the front nine, our spirits got a little low on a few holes, the crowd was still getting behind us. We spoke about it a lot, but I think that is what got us through. It was awesome. To fight back from five down, pretty awesome feeling.”


On Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele defeating Cameron Smith/Sungjae Im 2&1

Paul Azinger – “That is a good win for the U.S. team as Smith and Im were a difficult challenge.”


On Tony Finau/Matt Kuchar TIED Byeong Hun An/Joaquin Niemann

Paul Azinger – “What a match. What an afternoon of golf.”

Azinger – “An is one of these guys who thrives for this stage.”

Dan Hicks – “Finau has been clutch the past couple of days.”

Azinger – “He [Niemann] couldn’t find the sweet spot if you pointed it at him today until his shot on 18. What a shot.”

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