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Woods, Stricker suffer worst loss

MELBOURNE, Australia — The handshake between Tiger Woods and ex-caddie Steve Williams was routine. The loss by Woods and Steve Stricker turned out to be the real drama in the Presidents Cup.

Adam Scott and K.J. Choi were relentless today at Royal Melbourne in dishing out the worst loss for Woods in any format of match play. The International tandem won 7 and 6, tying the record for biggest margin of victory in Presidents Cup history.

Woods and Stricker, undefeated two years ago, turned out to be the only weak link for the Americans.

They won three matches handily, and rallied to halve two other matches to build a 4-2 lead after the opening session.

Woods and Stricker, winners of their first six matches together, now have lost their last two — 6 and 5 last year in the Ryder Cup to Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, and 7 and 6 to Scott and Choi. What looked particularly bad about this one is the American tandem didn't win a hole and was the only team that failed to make a single birdie.

The only other match that went 12 holes since the Presidents Cup began in 1994 was when David Frost beat Kenny Perry by the same score in singles in 1996.

"Unfortunately, they got off to a quick start and we just couldn't keep up," Woods said. "We kept falling to the wrong side of these slopes. The golf course is so difficult, it's hard to make up shots."

Two of the six matches went the distance. Geoff Ogilvy and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel lost a late 2-up lead and had to settle for a halve against Bill Haas and Nick Watney. Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar rallied from 3 down with six holes to play and won the last two holes with pars to earn an unlikely halve.

"It did not look like 4-2 about an hour and a half ago," U.S. captain Fred Couples said. "We'll take that any day."

It was the third straight time in the Presidents Cup that the Americans won the opening session. They are 6-1-1 in this competition, the only loss coming 13 years ago at Royal Melbourne.

The Americans won the other three matches in a rout, led by the opening match of Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. They were 7 under through 16 holes in a 4-and-2 win over Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa.

Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk, together for the first time since Brookline in the 1999 Ryder Cup, won 4 and 3 over Retief Goosen and Robert Allenby. Hunter Mahan and David Toms drilled the Korean duo of Y.E. Yang and K.T. Kim, 6 and 5.