Woods & Stricker first unbeaten team in 30 years

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/w/woods-stricker.jpg' class='caption'> Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker became the first partnership in the Presidents Cup to be undefeated in four matchups.

Updated: October 11, 2009 09:28 IST
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Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker became the first partnership in the Presidents Cup to be undefeated in four matchups, winning twice behind an improbable rally by Woods and the pure putting of Stricker.

On the verge of defeat in morning foursomes, Woods made a 25-foot birdie putt to square the match on the 17th, then drilled a 3-iron to 8 feet on the final hole for an eagle that was conceded in a 1-up victory over Mike Weir of Canada and South African Tim Clark on Saturday.

In afternoon fourballs, Woods only had to watch Stricker make one long birdie putt after another in a 4-and-2 victory over Y.E. Yang and 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa, the first loss for the Asian duo.

Jim Furyk and Anthony Kim held on for a 2-up victory over Australian Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera of Argentina, assuring the Americans the lead going into the final day of 12 singles matches.

The International team picked up easy victories in fourballs from Weir and South Africa's Ernie Els, who had a 5-and-3 win over Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard; and Australians Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby, winning 2-and-1 over Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink.

Glover is the only American without a point going into singles.

Worm-Muller also referred to Gandhi's critics in the international peace movement and maintained that he was not "consistently pacifist" and that he should have known that some of his non-violent campaigns towards the British would degenerate into violence and terror.

He was referring to Non-Cooperation movement in 1920-1921 when a crowd in Chauri Chaura attacked a police station, killed many of the policemen and then set fire to the police station.

Worm-Muller was also of the view that Gandhi was too much of an Indian nationalist. "One might say that it is significant that his well-known struggle in South Africa was on behalf of the Indians only, and not of the blacks whose living conditions were even worse," he said in his report to the selection panel.

Though Gandhi was nominated for the Prize in 1938 and 1939, he made it to the shortlist for the second time only in 1947 after India gained independence. Freedom fighters Govind Vallab Pant and B G Kher were among those who nominated him.

The then Nobel Committee Advisor Jens Arup Seip's report was not as critical as that of Worm-Muller but panel chairman Gunnar Jahn wrote in his diary: "While it is true that he (Gandhi) is the greatest personality among the nominees - plenty of good things could be said about him - we should remember that he is not only an apostle for peace; he is first and foremost a patriot.

"Moreover, we have to bear in mind that Gandhi is not naive. He is an excellent jurist and a lawyer," Jahn said.

"The stage is set, and he comes through again today," Stricker said. "It's pretty impressive."

Cink and Hunter Mahan already rallied in the morning, trailing for 13 consecutive holes until they cobbled up a birdie on the 18th to earn a halve against Allenby and Vijay Singh. Those two matches - a three-point swing - gave the Americans a 10-7 lead in the morning, and they were headed toward at least a two-point lead going into Sunday.

That bodes well for another Presidents Cup victory for the Americans, who have never lost on home soil and lead the series, 5-1-1. The International team has won only one singles session - two years ago at Royal Montreal - and the Americans have a 47-36 lead in singles.

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