DUBLIN, Ohio — Matt Kuchar is the 10th player to have Tiger Woods as a partner in the Presidents Cup.
Woods and Kuchar are in the fifth of six matches, taking on Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in fourballs Thursday. This is the seventh Presidents Cup for Woods, and the second for Kuchar.
International captain Nick Price has put Jason Day and Graham DeLaet in the opening match against Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker.
Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson also have new partners.
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Mickelson, the only player to have competed in every Presidents Cup, has Keegan Bradley. That’s his 13th partner in this event. Els got his 10th partner in Brendon de Jonge.
Odds do not exactly favor the International team in the 10th edition of the Presidents Cup.
It has seven rookies, and while all but Hideki Matsuyama have played a fair amount on the PGA Tour this year, Adam Scott is the only team member to have won — at the Masters for his first major, and The Barclays during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The American team is regarded as one of the strongest ever for any cup — all 12 players are among the top 30 in the world ranking, and four other players from the top 30 were left out (Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Bubba Watson).
The matches are at Muirfield Village, were Woods has won five times and Kuchar won in June. The Americans have never lost the Presidents Cup on home soil, which is not all that unusual considering they have only lost once since the Presidents Cup began in 1994.
“I understand that and how it looks on paper,” Scott said Wednesday after the final day of practice. “It’s hard to write off guys who are top 60 in the world, because on any given day, anyone can beat anyone. And we’ve seen that a million times, especially in 18-hole match play. Yeah, I see how that looks. I also see seven guys here for the first time pumped up and ready to go. And I think that’s giving me a great feeling about a new experience in the Presidents Cup after having a run of really big defeats.”