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.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Just like Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar did not play well at the season-ending Tour Championship after succumbing to a hectic schedule but the American can still reflect on the “best year” of his career on the PGA Tour.
Kuchar won two big events on the U.S. circuit during 2013, including his first World Golf Championships (WGC) crown, and was especially proud of his consistency as he made the cut in every one of his 23 starts.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Tiger Woods ended his 2013 PGA Tour campaign with an unimpressive tie for 22nd at the Tour Championship on Sunday but, in all likelihood, will earn Player of the Year honours which are to be announced late next week.
Though he has not been at his best in the last three FedExCup playoff events, the world number one has piled up five victories on the U.S. circuit this season, three more than anyone else.