United States on the verge of retaining Presidents Cup

Sep 30, 2007 - 7:50 PM By Andrew Both PA SportsTicker Golf Writer

MONTREAL (Ticker) - The United States moved ever closer to retaining the Presidents Cup when Phil Mickelson won his singles match on Sunday.

Mickelson, out in the third of 12 matches on a pleasant autumn afternoon at Royal Montreal, was far too good for Vijay Singh of the International team.

Singh did not make a birdie as Mickelson cruised to a 5 and 4 victory, bringing the Americans within two points of winning the contest.

"It was important for us as a team to get off to a good start, because we don't want to lose momentum," Mickelson said.

The International team started the day facing an almost impossible task, needing to win no fewer than 10 matches to pull off a stunning victory.

But with Mickelson's win, the task only got even more difficult, although 10 of the 11 matches still in progress were hanging in the balance, 1-up or all square.






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