MELBOURNE, Australia — United States captain Tiger Woods will attempt to lead from the front after putting himself out first for Sunday’s singles as the seven-time defending champions fight to retain their Presidents Cup crown against the Internationals.
The USA heads into the final day trailing the Internationals 10-8 following a dramatic ending to Saturday’s action at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Playing captain Woods kept himself out of both the morning four-ball and the afternoon foursomes as Ernie Els’ International team preserved its lead despite a USA rally.
But with the USA — which threatened to sweep the foursomes before the Internationals stormed back — eyeing an eighth straight title, Woods will open the singles against Abraham Ancer.
Sunday Singles @PresidentsCup matchups are set.
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— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 14, 2019
Woods has the chance to set the record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup, after the 15-time major champion tied Phil Mickelson with his 26th victory on Friday.
Controversial U.S. player Patrick Reed will face C.T. Pan in the third match, but without caddie Kessler Karain, who has been banned following an altercation with a fan on Saturday.
Australian Marc Leishman will be the final International to tee off after being drawn against Rickie Fowler as the challengers target a first Presidents Cup triumph since 1998.
Leishman has confidence and momentum after he and Ancer sensationally rallied from 5 down through 10 holes to halve their match against Fowler and Justin Thomas in Saturday’s foursomes.
Sunday’s singles matches (Internationals v the USA)
Abraham Ancer vs. Tiger Woods
Hideki Matsuyama vs. Tony Finau
C.T. Pan vs. Patrick Reed
Li Haotong vs. Dustin Johnson
Adam Hadwin vs. Bryson DeChambeau
Im Sung-jae vs. Gary Woodland
Joaquin v Niemann vs. Patrick Cantlay
Adam Scott vs. Xander Schauffele
Byeong Hun An vs. Webb Simpson
Cameron Smith vs. Justin Thomas
Louis Oosthuizen vs. Matt Kuchar
Marc Leishman vs. Rickie Fowler