The Internationals got off to the flying start they so craved in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne on Thursday. Now they are bracing for a response from a chastened US team in the Friday foursomes. FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION
Presidents Cup: USA behind after day one
Adam Scott was full of praise for Ernie Els after the opening day at Royal Melbourne.
Adam Scott suspects years of beat-downs from Tiger Woods is fuelling Ernie Els’ burning desire to finally get one over his career nemesis at the Presidents Cup.
Els’ pre-cup raging underdogs are suddenly in poll position to end 21 years of International heartache after claiming a commanding 4-1 lead over the Woods- captained US favourites on day one at Royal Melbourne.
A similar display of dominance in Friday’s foursomes would leave Els with one hand on the trophy..
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For weeks Scott has been heaping Els with praise for the skipper’s meticulous planning and preparation for Woods and Team USA.
And the Internationals’ spiritual leader wonders if Els’ own constant beatings from Woods – who denied the South African the world No.1 ranking and countless more than his four majors during an otherwise illustrious playing career – isn’t driving Els.
“No one of this generation has gotten the credit they probably deserve because Tiger has been Tiger,” Scott said.
“It’s the same as Phil (Mickelson) and Ernie, I think they have played second fiddle because Tiger has got the great record he has and he beat them quite often, too.
“I think Ernie is maybe using that as some motivation this week, too.”
Whether or not he is, Els’ tactics certainly worked on day one. Defying their status as the biggest underdogs in cup history, the Internationals breathed fresh life into the beleaguered biennial contest with a dream opening.
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