Tiger feeling his game turning around

Tiger Woods hugged U.S. captain Fred Couples after clinching the winning point for the Americans. David Cannon/Getty Images

Presidents Cup, Nov. 17-20, (2-3-0)
The record was deceiving. Aside from a first-day 7 and 6 defeat with Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods played very well at Royal Melbourne, where his game stood up strong on the tricky course, especially in Saturday's windy conditions.

The tricky breeze coupled with a golf course that was hard and fast made for difficult scoring, but Woods hit 17 of 18 greens in his best-ball match -- and still lost. The next day, he rebounded with a 4 and 3 victory over Aaron Baddeley in singles, making six birdies.

It was clearly a positive Down Under trip for Woods.

"I'm very pleased with the progress I've made with Sean [Foley], and it's finally paying off under pressure,'' he said. "It held up nicely last week at the [Australian] Open, and it held up nicely this week.''

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.