Internationals got early lift

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SAN FRANCISCO --- The International team will have to come from behind to win the Presidents Cup. Still, the margin could have been a lot worse if it didn't pick up its play this time around in the alternate shot format.

The United States still won seven of 11 points in the format and led 121/2-91/2 at the end of the team competition, but Robert Allenby said just staying close to the American team during the alternate shot was a boost.

"I think this year we did pretty well with the foursomes," Allenby said Saturday. "It's never an easy format, that's for sure."

It's tougher for the International squad because players seldom get a chance to play it. While the U.S. team plays in a Ryder Cup one year and a Presidents Cup the next, this competition is the only one where International players compete under pressure in the alternate shot foursomes.

TIGER-YANG REMATCH : Tiger Woods will play Y.E. Yang in singles today, giving him a chance for a measure of revenge on the Korean who came from behind in the final round of the PGA Championship to beat him head-to-head. Woods warmed up for the task Saturday by beating the last two players -- Tim Clark and Mike Weir -- who have wins over him in match play.


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