Sabbatini made 'wrong decision'

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The International team dragged four matches to the 18th hole yesterday at the Presidents Cup, but couldn't win one of them.

Nary a negative word is heard from International captain Gary Player, but he called out fellow South African Rory Sabbatini for his decision making on the 18th yesterday.

Not that the 18th is a pushover. It's a U.S. Open-style finisher: A 466-yard, par-4 with a lake on the left, big bunker on the right and an elevated green.

With Sabbatini and partner Trevor Immelman all square with Americans Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson, Sabbatini hit his driver on the 18th hole 289 yards.

Unfortunately, the carry over the pond on the 18th is about 295.

"You musn't go with a driver. You've got to go with a 3-wood," said Player.

"You can aim at the trap (on the right) and not hit it. Hit one more club into the green and it makes a massive difference.

"I spoke to him afterwards. I don't like to interfere with my player's play at all. He agreed. He said, 'It was in my mind and I just made the wrong decision.' "

GRAB A PARTNER

Americans Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan will be teamed together today in the four-ball and will go out first against Angel Cabrera and Retief Goosen.

Captain Jack Nicklaus has a simple formula for making his pairings: He asks the players who they want to be their partner.

"Phil asked for Hunter," said Nicklaus. "And Hunter was delighted he's going to play with Phil. They both knock it a mile. Against Cabrera and Goosen ... four of them out there will hit it a mile. There will be a lot of birdies."


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