Woods paired with Kuchar for opening Cup fourballs

Thu Oct 3, 2013 12:34pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

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.

Many had expected Woods to be reunited with Steve Stricker, with whom he has gelled superbly in the past, though the pair failed to spark together in last year's Ryder Cup against Europe.

While giving Woods his 19th different partner at either the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Fred Couples said on Wednesday he had always intended to send out the 14-times major champion in the fifth match.

"We felt like Woods would be good in the five slot, and that's almost where we had him from the get-go to clean up and hopefully get a point for us," Couples told reporters after he and his opposite number Nick Price had announced their pairings.

Woods, a veteran of seven Ryder Cups who will be competing in his eighth Presidents Cup, said earlier this week he was happy to play with any of his team mates.

"I've played on these teams for so long now, I've had all different types of partners; guys who hit the ball for miles, guys who are short, guys who are pretty mellow, guys who are pretty volatile," Woods told reporters.

"I've had it all. So I think it's just a matter of trying to gel that particular week, and, you know, sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. But the whole idea is to go out there and just play."   Continued...

U.S. Team player Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 12th hole during the second practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane