Aussie Adam Scott assisted by Woods’ former caddie Williams and South Korean K.J. Choi were impeccable in their opening match Thursday as they handed the worst loss to the former world number one.
The International team members won 7 and 6, reaching the record for the biggest Presidents Cup victory. And Woods and Stricker, unbeatable a few years ago, became the weakest link of the US squad.
The United States won three games of the day, and settled for a draw in the other two matches, securing a 4-2 lead after the opening day.
Woods and Stricker who were victorious in their first six games together now have been defeated in the second game in row, following last year’s defeat to Lee Westwood and Luke Donald in the Ryder Cup.
The golfers will have the chance to prove themselves on Friday when they will get new partners. Woods will pair up with Dustin Johnson, while Stricker will team up with Matt Kuchar. Woods will play with any golfer but Stricker for the first time in four years.
Though the US squad is leading, the International team is determined to win. According to International captain Greg Norman, the Internationals “sick and tired” of being defeated by the United States in the Presidents Cup.