Weir vs. Tiger for pride

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

MONTREAL -- There is but one shred of drama left at the seventh Presidents Cup.

With the Americans needing just three points today out of 12 singles matches to win the Cup, the prospect of a tussle between Canadian Mike Weir and world No. 1 Tiger Woods will take centre stage.

The Americans swept yesterday morning's foursomes 5-0 and split the five four-balls in the afternoon for an overwhelming 14O-7O lead going into today's finale.

If the Americans can't close this out, they will make the New York Mets look good by comparison.

ANSWERS CALL

Weir, a controversial wild-card pick by International captain Gary Player, has arguably been the International side's best player this week and its best story.

"I've got my hands full, for sure," said Weir. "I think it's good for the fans. Everybody is fired up about the match. We need some momentum, so hopefully I can play well and get some blue on the board.

"I've really fed off the crowd this week. Hopefully I can do that (today) because I'll need it."

Weir has impressed his teammates with his play this week

He's been off-form for the last couple of years, battled injuries and switched coaches heading into this season. His results have been spotty, but he has found some magic in front of his fellow Canadians this week.

'CINDERELLA STORY'

"I think Mike has earned the right to represent us against the No.1 player in the world and certainly in Canada, it's a bit of a Cinderella story," said Australia's Stuart Appleby.

"We have not put him out there for token value. He's obviously a player that has got some form, found some form and is showing form.

"Who do you put up against Tiger Woods? I guess there's a sentimental point to it and also a functional point. He's not a weak link and it's not lambs to the slaughter."

Weir combined with Ernie Els yesterday in four-ball to win a rare point for the Internationals, defeating Lucas Glover and Charles Howell III 4 and 2.

Weir is now 2-1-1 for the matches and tied with Vijay Singh for the best record among the Internationals.

There was some outstanding play by the Americans yesterday, particularly by Phil Mickelson, who birdied the last two holes to salvage a half and blunt the International momemtum in the afternoon.

LOGICAL MATCHUP

Woods helped win both his matches handily yesterday on a beautiful, crisp afternoon at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Now, the Woods-Weir matchup is pretty much all we've got.

At the beginning of the week, American captain Jack Nicklaus called a Weir-Woods matchup in singles "logical."

Said Player last night: "All of our players would like to see that. I think the public would like to see it and certainly the media have indicated they would like to see it.

"Mike is playing so well. What a feather in his cap it would be for him if he could beat Tiger.

"I mean Tiger is such a phenomenal player, as we know, Mike Weir has nothing to lose. It would be just a phenomenal day in his career if he could beat Tiger."


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