MELBOURNE, Australia - Tiger Woods finally won a hole. He still doesn't have a point.
The rest of the Americans were making up for it in the Presidents Cup, as Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson won for the second straight day, and Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk also won their second straight match.
The United States will take a 7-5 lead into Saturday's marathon Foursomes and Four Ball matches.
Woods had a new partner in Dustin Johnson for the fourballs session, and it didn't help. Aaron Baddeley holed a short par putt on the 18th and he and Jason Day held on for a 1-up victory, making Woods the only American without a point at Royal Melbourne.
It's the first time Woods has gone 0-2 in any team competition since he and Mickelson lost both matches at the 2004 Ryder Cup.
One day after Woods and Steve Stricker failed to make a birdie or win a single hole in foursomes, Woods gave his side a 1-up lead by making a 25-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole. That lead lasted until the eighth hole, and the Americans never regained it.
Baddeley, meanwhile, rebounded from his disappointing performance on day one with four birdies on Friday as Day struggled with seven bogeys.
“This means a lot,“ Baddeley said. “I was very disappointed yesterday. I felt like I really let Jason down. He played great yesterday. So it was nice to come through today and make a good putt on the last there to win.”
On a windswept day at Royal Melbourne, the rookie duo of Watson and Simpson took down the International side of Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa for the second time, this time 2 and 1. The Americans never trailed in the match as Watson birdied the sixth hole to give the U.S. a lead it did not relinquish.
“It was tough,” Simpson told Golf Channel. “We got off to a pretty good start but these pins were tougher. I struggled a little bit early but I had a good partner.”
It's the first time in Presidents Cup history that the same pairing has gone out twice in each of the first two days and won both times.
The loss was Els’ first in Four-balls since 2000. After not playing in 2003, he entered Friday’s match on the heels of six straight victories in the best-ball format.
Adam Scott, who scored a decisive victory over Woods on Thursday, went down to defeat with partner K.T. Kim at the hands of Mickelson and Furyk, 2 and 1. The 41-year-old Americans took the lead at the third hole and were 3-up at the turn before the Internationals got some hope when Scott won the 16th with a par to narrow the deficit to 1 down. But that's as close as they would get.
"The wind was really manipulating our balls. I am glad I had a partner," said Furyk. "We ham-and-egged it pretty well.”
Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker scored a 4-and-3 win over Y.E. Yang and Robert Allenby. Kuchar was responsible for winning all the holes for the American side in this match including a 30-footer for birdie from off the green on No. 12 to put them up by three.
Geoff Ogilvy's par putt on the 12th proved to be the margin of victory as he and partner KJ Choi scored a 1-up win over the American duo of Bill Haas and Nick Watney.
The South African pairing of Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel picked up the final points of the day for the International side, scoring a 2 and 1 win against David Toms and Hunter Mahan.
Files from the Associated Press were used in this reportReport Typo/Error
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