November 19 2011
MELBOURNE, Australia – Unlike in the Foursomes and Four-ball matches held during the first three days of The Presidents Cup, matches in today’s Singles session can continue until a winner is determined.
If a match is all square after 18 holes prior to the Cup being decided, it will go extra holes until a match winner is determined and a full point is earned. However, after the Cup is clinched, any other matches will end at the 18th and would be halved in the case of a tie.
One other thing to remember – to win The Presidents Cup, you must have the majority of points. The reigning Presidents Cup holders (in this case, the U.S.) will not retain the Cup simply with a tie in overall points. Either team must win outright in points. If after all Singles matches are completed, the teams are tied in points, the competition will be deemed a tie and the teams will share The Presidents Cup.
This change in format was inspired by the events of The Presidents Cup in 2003, when the two sides agreed to share the Cup after darkness halted play with Ernie Els and Tiger Woods unable to decide a winner after halving three sudden-death holes.
To win The Presidents Cup, a team needs at least 17-1/2 points.
The U.S. will enter today’s competition with a 13-9 lead over the International team.
For the U.S. to win The Presidents Cup, it will need to win five singles matches.
For the International team to win The Presidents Cup, it will need to win nine singles matches.
Should the Internationals win eight singles matches and the U.S. win four matches, The Presidents Cup will end in a tie and the teams will share the trophy.
The first Singles match is set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Melbourne (6:30 p.m. ET Saturday).