Cup captain Couples says Johnson 'fine' despite flu scare

Tue Oct 1, 2013 7:58pm EDT
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DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Zach Johnson joined up with his United States team mates ahead of this week's Presidents Cup despite suffering from the flu for the past three days, United States captain Fred Couples said on Tuesday.

The 2007 Masters champion arrived in Columbus a day after his team mates, missing the official team photo taken earlier on Tuesday not expected practice with the team.

"Zach got in (this morning), he had what he considers the two- or three day flu, which was bad enough that he couldn't fly and even be here," said Couples.

"He'll be .... I'm going to say fine. I haven't seen him but we've talked to him a few times, so he's doing okay.

"He said he wants to come out, chip and putt. We haven't really addressed that yet, but he'll play tomorrow and he's ready to go."

The United States have won the last four editions of the tournament against the Internationals and start as favorites again at Jack Nicklaus's Muirfield Village course.

Couples suggested Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley are also expected to team-up again after forming a duo at last year's Ryder Cup.

"Keegan and Phil are already a great team together, that worked out last year at the Ryder Cup. No one would have thought that. But they make a good team and that's kind of how it works, just like Stricker and Tiger did a few years ago," he said.

Stricker, 46, could partner with Woods again at some stage in the tournament although Couples also suggested the former may be paired with rookie Jordan Spieth.   Continued...

Zach Johnson of U.S. points towards where he is intending to hit his ball from the bunker where fans are standing on the 18th green, during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Tami Chappell