Presidents Cup: USA takes big lead into singles play
Dr. Charles Butler said in the letter that recently formed Iron Mike Productions has been offering money to the best amateur fighters to turn pro, in particular an 18-year-old who some in amateur boxing believe to be the country’s best hope for a gold medal at the Rio Games. He says the money being offered is “pennies on the dollar” of what the prospects could be worth with an Olympic medal. “Mike, USA Boxing does not have the funds to compete with your offers,” the letter said. “If you have money and would like to assist these young athletes and the sport, you should donate for athlete stipends to support the training of these boxers and help your country regain its prominence on the medal stand. Please do not take them from us. If they win a medal for their country, you can always sign them to professional contracts at that time.” Tyson did not immediately return a phone call, and publicist Joann Mignano said he would not be commenting. Mignano confirmed, though, that Iron Mike Promotions signed Florida fighter Erickson Lubin on Tuesday, his 18th birthday. Lubin is a two-time Junior Olympic national champion and won the 152-pound division at the National Golden Gloves this year. In his USA Boxing bio, he said his goals were to win a gold medal at the Olympics, turn pro and win every title possible. “We want to be competitive and we want to increase our overall performance in the Olympic Games,” said USA Boxing executive director Anthony Bartkowski.
USA Boxing swings at Mike Tyson
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USA claim Presidents Cup
team once trailed by three holes. Bill Haas and Steve Stricker cruised past Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 4 and 3. Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel 1 up. They rallied from 3 down with six to play to earn the full point. Oosthuizen and Schwartzel, made with three bogeys and a double bogey down the stretch. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson managed to finish their 4-and-3 victory against Richard Sterne and Marc Leishman on Saturday night. Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge handed Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar their first loss of the week with a 1-up victory. Now it’s down to singles. If there is one consolation for the Internationals, it might be this: Many of these American players were on the wrong end of a huge comeback (from 10-6 down) by the Europeans in the 2012 Ryder Cup. It’s something anyway. This is where the matches stood when play was suspended by darkness Saturday night: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (USA) all square with Jason Day/Graham DeLaet through 13 holes. Bill Haas/Steve Stricker (USA) 2-up on Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama through 10 holes.
Having led in all five matches of the final session at a time on Saturday afternoon, the visitors ended up winning just one, losing three and scratching out a half. It put them in a deep hole, six points down at 14-8 ensuring it would take 10 wins from 12 singles matches to win. Nick Price’s team fought tooth and nail but managed just seven wins. When Tiger Woods closed out a 1up win over South African Richard Sterne the competition was clinched, giving the USA a fifth straight Presidents Cup, and their eighth outright win in 10 attempts. The Internationals had closed to within three points with just three matches remaining before Woods ensured there would be no miracle at Muirfield for the visitors. Australian Jason Day tried to spark a comeback by closing out his match against Brandt Snedeker quickly, surging to a 4up lead through six holes and eventually winning 6 and 4. “I knew it would take a big push from the Internationals to win but I just wanted to finish my second Presidents Cup with a bang,” Day said. “I’ve been playing great golf the whole week, and I just wish it was a little bit closer.” Canadian Graham DeLaet kept the roll going with a 1up win over Jordan Spieth, iced with a hole out birdie from the bunker on the 18th. But Japanese 21-year-old young gun Hideki Matsuyama couldn’t pull off an upset against Hunter Mahan, losing 3 and 2, and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge fell 4 and 3 to recent PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner. When South African Branden Grace fell 4 and 2 to former Masters champion Zach Johnson it guaranteed the USA a tie at worst. Australian Adam Scott defeated Bill Haas 2 and 1 and South African Ernie Els took out Steve Stricker to keep the faintest International hopes alive. When Aussie Marc Leishman drained a 15-foot putt from the fringe on 18 to beat Matt Kuchar 1up, and Charl Schwartzel closed out Keegan Bradley 2 and 1 a whiff of a miracle tie, and a share of the cup, was still in the air.