Aussie fails on international stage

VICTORIAN Marc Leishman had a baptism of fire on his debut for the International side during day one of the Presidents Cup showdown against the United States at Muirfield Village in Ohio yesterday.

World No.1 Tiger Woods and his partner Matt Kuchar crushed Leishman and Argentine Angel Cabrera 5&4 in the opening four-ball session as the US finished the day leading 3½ to 2½.

Leishman's two compatriots in the International line-up, Queenslanders Adam Scott and Jason Day, fared much better.

Day and Canadian Graham DeLaet beat Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker one-up after Day sunk a six-metre birdie putt on the 18th, while Scott and Japanese playing partner Hideki Matsuyama halved their match with Bill Haas and Webb Simpson.

The South African pairing of Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen were the other Internationals to earn an outright point for their side, beating Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley 2&1.

The US has dominated the Presidents Cup, winning seven of the eight previous contests, with the Internationals' only success coming at Royal Melbourne in 1998.

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