Nice reward for Clark and Weir; they face the buzzsaw
SAN FRANCISCO – Despite all recent evidence to the contrary, perhaps Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker can be beaten at this Presidents Cup.
Mike Weir and Tim Clark have volunteered to be the lion tamers in Saturday morning’s foursomes (alternate-shot) matches at Harding Park and maybe there aren’t whips and chairs big enough to handle the world’s No. 1- and 3-ranked golfers. They are gelling nicely as a team and after more than a decade of these annual team games, note that U.S. captains finding the proper partner for Woods surely has not always been the easiest thing to do.
"I think myself and Mike wanted that match,’’ Clark said, which proves they’re either brave soldiers or just plain crazy. "We know whoever is going up against them is going to have it tough and we just feel with our solid games, we can go out and at least try to wear them down.
"It’s just one of those things, whoever is going to go up against Tiger and Steve, the way they are playing right now. We just put up our hands and said we’ll take that match,’’ Clark said.
"Obviously you’re going to have your hands full with those guys, Nos. 1 and 3 in the world right now,’’ Weir said. "Hopefully, with our similar games, we can pull it together and give them a good run.’’
That’s not exactly trash-talking. Michael Jordan would be ashamed. But what else can they say? They’re wrestling the bear. Two bears, actually, because Stricker has been hitting it lights-out lately, too.
Both Internationals played well Friday as the team rallied to go 3-3 and stay one point behind the U.S. at 6 1/2 - 5 1/2. Weir and Ernie Els teamed to beat back Jim Furyk, 2-up. Furyk was partnered with Anthony Kim, but Kim didn’t bother to show up and gets a seat on Fred Couples’ bench Saturday morning., Furyk was tough, too. Vampires have been easier to kill.
Clark teamed with Vijay Singh for a late rally to edge Stewart Cink, who was great, and Lucas Glover, who wasn’t and who also gets the morning off. The short-hitting Clark sealed the win with an eagle at the 18th hole; who knows where that length came from, except that it came when it was most needed?
Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera were Norman’s sacrificial lambs Friday against Woods and Stricker, falling 5 and 3 and getting Saturday morning off. Neither is playing well and they won’t be missed. One thing about Weir and Clark: They may pull the upset or they may lose, but either way they won’t be lambs about it.