DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct 3 (Reuters) – With Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker spectacularly setting the tone in the first match, the United States dominated the early going in the opening fourballs at the Presidents Cup on Thursday.
Mahan and Snedeker made five birdies between them in the first five holes and were one up on Australian Jason Day and Canada’s Graham DeLaet heading into the back nine on a muggy day at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Adam Scott and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama may have a language barrier between them but the Australian is confident that the duo can win points together for the Internationals at this week’s Presidents Cup.
Masters champion Scott and 21-year-old Cup rookie Matsuyama have been paired for Thursday’s opening fourballs at Muirfield Village Golf Club and will take on Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson in the second match out.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Not much has gone right for the Internationals at the Presidents Cup over the last decade but their new captain Nick Price is aiming to change that after winning a valuable concession for the first day of competition.
For the first time since the 1996 edition of the biennial team competition, the opening session will feature fourball matches instead of the alternate-shot format, which has so often been an Achilles heel for the Internationals.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Tiger Woods will link up with his 19th different partner in team play for the United States after being paired with Matt Kuchar for Thursday’s opening fourballs at the Presidents Cup.
World number one Woods and Kuchar will take on the long-hitting Internationals combination of Argentina’s Angel Cabrera and Australian Marc Leishman in the fifth match out at Muirfield Village Club.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Good friends Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel can only hope that their matchplay strategy works out a lot better for the Internationals than their hairstyle plans at this week’s Presidents Cup.
The two South Africans, who are likely to play together in Thursday’s opening fourball matches at Muirfield Village Golf Club, ended up having virtually all their hair shaved off in error by a visiting barber on Monday night.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Ernie Els has seen it all at the Presidents Cup, the highs and lows and even a tie in 2003, but the wins have been all too rare for the veteran International player.
This week, Els and his team mates will be bidding to beat the United States for only the second time in 10 editions of the biennial competition, though the big South African is wary of overstating just how important such a rare success would be.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Golfing great Jack Nicklaus was a master of his environment out on the course but he will enter very foreign territory when he drops the puck to start a National Hockey League (NHL) game in Columbus on Friday.
Nicklaus, whose Muirfield Village Golf Club is hosting this week’s Presidents Cup between the U.S. and the Internationals, has been invited to perform puck duty for the Blue Jackets’ season-opener against the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Nick Price was reluctant to describe this week’s Presidents Cup as a ‘must-win’ for his International team but he knows how important it is for United States dominance to be broken in the biennial competition.
The Internationals have beaten the U.S. only once in nine editions of the Ryder Cup-style event, losing all four of the most recent encounters, and need to make this week “very competitive,” according to Price.
(Reuters) – Tiger Woods likes it just the way it is but, in the eyes of many, the Internationals simply have to start beating the United States at the Presidents Cup to give the event’s future a more solid footing after this week.
The pressure will certainly be on the Internationals at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio where they will be striving to improve a dismal record in the biennial team competition of just one win against the U.S. in nine attempts.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – He will not hit one shot at next week’s Presidents Cup in Dublin, Ohio but the unpredictable and always funny Tony Johnstone could prove to be a trump card in the locker room for Internationals captain Nick Price.
A six-times winner on the European Tour where he was known for his brilliant bunker play and dogged approach to the game, Johnstone will be one of three assistants to fellow Zimbabwean Price in the 10th edition of the biennial team competition.