With high fives and a squirrel prank Tiger enjoys opening win

Fri Oct 4, 2013 5:18am EDT
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By Simon Evans

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - As much as players and officials like to talk up the competitive nature of the Presidents Cup there was also an end-of-season party atmosphere at Muirfield Village on Thursday with even Tiger Woods joining in the fun.

Woods and Matt Kuchar enjoyed a comfortable 5&4 win over Argentine Angel Cabrera and Australian Marc Leishman and the world number one had an unusually relaxed day.

With eight birdies between them and winning six holes to one, the American pair never looked in danger and there was even time for some fun and games.

Woods didn't initially look amused when he felt a squirrel on the back of his neck while watching at the 18th green but he saw the funny side when he realised his girlfriend, Olympic downhill ski champion Lindsay Vonn had been behind the prank.

Kuchar had helped create the mood with an elaborate high-five routine with Woods to celebrate birdies with the American saying it was based on the '80s television comedy 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'.

"I'm not a huge fan of bumping knuckles, I thought there was something a little extra, something fun to do," said Kuchar.

"Baseball high‑fives look like a lot of fun but look a little too complicated so we went old school with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a little snap‑back after you slap hands.

"It's fun, I figure he's kind of like Carlton, and we really had a good time doing it out there," he said.   Continued...

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn sit with teammate Phil Mickelson and Phil's wife Amy (L) as they watch play during the opening Four-ball matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane