Woody Austin fell into the water at hole No. 14, but redeemed himself with clutch putting down the stretch. Tiger Woods, Woody Austin try and keep U.S. from being all wet at Presidents Cup

The second day of the Presidents Cup saw the International team slice into the U.S. team's lead, as Vijay Singh and Stuart Appleby handed Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk a dominating 5 and 4 loss.

By the time the day was over, the U.S., which had gone into the day up by five points, had seen their lead drop to just two, 7-5.

The highlight of the day for many was when Woody Austin of the U.S. stumbled on the 14th hole, falling face first into a lake. Austin redeemed himself and was one of the lone bright spots for the U.S. side, as he drilled three straight birdies to help himself and teammate David Toms earn a halve with Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman, who were two up with three to play.

Afterwards, Woods and Austin talked with the media at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Tiger Woods

Q. You said you got spanked, if you could elaborate a little bit.

TIGER WOODS: They chipped in twice, 11-under par through 14 holes, that's pretty good playing. Not like we were playing bad. Jim and I were talking about, we shot 6-under but we played the same holes. So evidently, you know, we needed to take it a lot deeper than that and we didn't do it.

Q. You birdied the same holes, not like you were playing bad; does that take the sting out as you look forward to Saturday?

TIGER WOODS: Obviously we needed to make more birdies in our match. As I said, we both played pretty good, I wouldn't say great, but we were playing solidly. We just didn't get enough looks at birdies on the same hole. It seemed like one of us was in on each hole and was making putts but we needed to have both of us in there on the same hole and we just didn't do that.

Woody Austin

Q. Obviously going into the water there when you've got Sabbatini, whatever he was, ten feet for eagle, and just describe what was going through your mind when you decided to get in there. And then how was the face wash? Was probably the more interesting part.

WOODY AUSTIN: Well, I don't think I look any worse than I always do. (Laughter) Scotty says I smell different, but I think, you know, everything else, I think I look just as ugly as I always do.

But the whole idea of the shot was just to try to get it to the bank, because I felt like from the bank, I had a chance to make three. If I drop it from where I drop it, 30 yards over a little corner is not, you know -- at that point, I knew, deep down knew I probably couldn't pull the shot off. But between wanting really badly to pull it off and having my caddie urge me on; and I'm going to get Brett for that for a while. He kept saying, "You've got to try, you've got to try, you've got to try."

I was doing okay until I stepped on the rock and once I stepped on the rock, I lost my balance, and your legs aren't very clean.

Q. Are you riding that wave? Especially after a finish like today, you're 2-down and come back and do what you did with the three birdies, are you riding that wave kind of?

WOODY AUSTIN: Well, I'm trying to do the best I can for myself as well as my 11 teammates. But like I said, at my age, for this to be my first, there's -- you know, and I can't speak for the other guys, and I know they are as competitive as I am. But I know that there's nobody that wants to be here any worse than I do. It's taken me so many different roads to get here. I've come from as far back as you could possibly come from to get to this point, and it's something I've always wanted to do. Because like I said, I think this fits my personality. I will -- I have the mentality where I will do anything I can for my part, my teammates, whatever.

I hope today I proved that I'm never going to give up until it's over.

Q. Just wondered, after what must have been at least a little bit embarrassing, how difficult was it to gather yourself again and keep fighting?

WOODY AUSTIN: Well, like I said, I don't think it was really that hard for me because like I said, you know, I laughed about it on the green.

I can only tell you how much the competitive fire burns in me. It didn't douse it. I was still fired up and ready to go.

Transcript provided by ASAP Sports.

September 30, 2007

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  • Woody Austin Getting Wet

    Andrew wrote on: Feb 5, 2008

    Oh, and by the way, Woody Austin is not on the 2009 presidents cup list, because he is trying out for the U.S. Swim More »

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