Day keen on Presidents Cup singles showdown with Spieth

Tue Oct 6, 2015 7:12am EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - Jason Day would relish the chance to go head-to-head with world No. 1 Jordan Spieth in the Presidents Cup but the Australian hotshot knows the showdown may not materialize as team tactics take precedence over individual glory.

Day and Spieth electrified the Tour this year with their budding rivalry played out on the grandest of stages.

American Spieth claimed two majors among his five wins, ending his 2015 campaign in triumphant style at the season-ending Tour Championship, while Day won the year's final major and his win at last month's BMW Championship was his fourth win in six starts.

When asked if he would be interested in taking on Spieth on the final day of Presidents Cup competition on Sunday, Day said there would be huge interest in that potential clash but team strategy could get in the way.

"I think a lot of people around the world are interested to see if that will happen," he told reporters on Tuesday. "It would be a lot of fun playing against Jordan, but then again I'm not too sure what the strategy is with that."

The 11th Presidents Cup, a biennial team golf competition putting the United States against a team of international players minus Europeans, begins on Thursday at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon.

After three days of foursomes and four ball team play, the competition goes into a singles format on Sunday with all 12 players from each team taking on an opponent.

The matchups will be decided by U.S. captain Jay Haas and Internationals skipper Nick Price, who will sit across a table from each other and try not to blink first.   Continued...

PGA golfer Jason Day acknowledges the fans as he walks up the 18th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports