Tiger hails Stricker’s putting prowess
Tiger Woods hailed partner Steve Stricker’s putting after they posted an emphatic foursomes victory at Celtic Manor.
World number one Tiger Woods hailed his partner Steve Stricker’s prolific putting after they posted an emphatic foursomes victory for the United States at Celtic Manor.
Stricker was inspired on the greens as European pairing Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jimenez suffered a 4&3 defeat.
It was a second Ryder Cup win of the day for Woods and Stricker, preserving their 100% record together following four Presidents Cup successes last year.
“It’s not a bad deal, is it?” said Woods.
“His stroke is so good. It’s fun to watch. All you have to do is put him in position, and he’s got that go-in look.
“Even putts that don’t go in, it’s like, ‘how did that miss?”‘
For his part, Stricker was quick to share the praise with his colleague after they followed up their earlier fourballs win against Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher.
“We are comfortable with one another, and I think that’s the biggest thing,” he said.
“Our games complement each other nicely. I try to get him in the fairway, and he hits some unbelievable iron shots. Fortunately, I’ve been knocking a couple of the putts in, and vice-versa.”
The Molinari brothers were left rueing a case of too little, too late as their fightback against US pairing Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan ended on the 18th, with the Americans winning two up.
Two down after nine holes, Edoardo and Francesco got it back to all-square at the 16th before fading.
“It is really disappointing. It is hard to go away without even a half-point,” said Francesco.
And Edoardo added: “We played great from the 11th onwards – we had a lot of chances for birdies.
“We deserved a half-point the way we played on the back nine.”
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