U.S. lead trimmed at Presidents Cup

Sept. 28, 2007 at 9:28 PM

MONTREAL, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Vijay Singh and Stuart Appleby coasted past Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk Friday as the International Team roared back into contention at the Presidents Cup.

The United States owned a five-point lead at the start of the day, but saw that advantage cut to 7-5, with 22 more matches scheduled over the weekend.

Singh and Appleby recorded a 5&4 win over Woods and Furyk, as the International Team won four of the six fourball matches and halved another.

The halved match turned out to be the most spectacular, as Woody Austin and David Toms rallied from a two-hole deficit with three to play to finish all square with Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini.

The match featured Austin trying to make an impossible shot from a pond alongside the green at the 14th hole. The ball was submerged, and in trying to make the shot Austin lost his balance and tumbled into the water.

Austin came back to birdie the final three holes.

Steve Stricker and Scott Verplank had the lone American win, a 2&1 decision over Adam Scott and K.J. Choi. Retief Goosen and Angel Cabrera won the final hole to defeat Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan, 1-up.

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