The 29-year-old American was more unsettled by the injury to his left knee that required stem cell treatment.
Veteran Matt Kuchar was the hero, with his winning putt on the 17th in the penultimate match enough to ensure victory.
It did much to lift the spirits of the Americans, who are generally struggling in this year’s battle.
Yet Ernie Els boasts intimate knowledge of the difficult sandbelt layout where he holds the course record, and spent hours schooling his team.
The two have shared plenty of golfing memories, including the 1998 edition of the biennial team matchplay event at the same Royal Melbourne course.

World Golf Louis Oosthuizen just misses out on Australian Open win

Matt Jones joined an elite few as he won his second Australian Open Sunday, resisting big pressure on the back nine from South African Louis Oosthuizen to clinch victory by a shot.

World Golf Tiger’s ‘aura’ has dimmed, says Ernie

The Big Easy, the Internationals’ captain in this year’s Presidents Cup, ups the ante before next week’s battle.

World Golf Oosthuizen says Presidents Cup team ‘like 12 brothers’

The South African 2010 British Open champion will be competing in his fourth edition of the biennial match play showdown, heading to Royal Melbourne as one of the more experienced campaigners.

World Golf Eagle hunter Fleetwood celebrates ‘one of those crazy days’

The Englishman roared to the Nedbank Golf Challenge title with a dramatic final round.

World Golf Flying Fleetwood secures brilliant Nedbank title via playoff

The Englishman looked way off the pace at the start of the final round, but roared into contention with a brilliant showing.

World Golf Oliver Wilson reinvents himself by, well, not reinventing

Considered a prodigy early in his career, the Englishman’s fine run at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and overall resurgence is down to him stopping changing things constantly.

World Golf Captain Tiger chooses Tiger to play in Presidents Cup

Woods will be the first playing captain in the Presidents Cup since American Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition in 1994.

World Golf ‘The Big Easy’ has an unenviable job, says Gary Player

Ernie Els needs to pick his wildcards for next month’s President’s Cup … but that’s not his biggest headache.

World Golf Nicklaus leads tributes to ‘living legend’ Tiger Woods

Woods carded a final-round three-under 67 for a three-stroke victory at the Zozo Championship.

World Golf Tiger cleared to resume full practice after knee surgery

Woods said the knee was “sore” after the practice round but he is excited for the chance to return to playing shape.

World Golf Lowry ‘can’t believe’ British Open triumph, feared ‘wasn’t good enough’

The Irishman gave the home crowds a dream finish to the first Open to be held in Northern Ireland since 1951.

World Golf No one ever missed a cut quite like Rory McIlroy did at the British Open

He missed the cut by one shot, but it felt like he was chasing the title

World Golf Former champion Duval hits worst British Open round for 22 years

The 47-year-old even started with back-to-back birdies before the wheels began to fall off.

World Golf Louis among five dark horses for British Open glory

There are no shortage of interesting contenders for the Claret Jug this year.




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