After meeting earlier this afternoon, Team USA Captain Fred Couples and International Team Captain Nick Price announced the pairings for Thursday's opening Four-Ball matches at the 2013 President's Cup at Muirfield Village.
Surprisingly, old match mates like Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were not paired together. Instead, Tiger is paired with Matt Kuchar for the first time ever in Cup match play. They'll take on Argentina's Angel Cabrera and Australia's Marc Leishman in Match number five tomorrow.
"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 said.
Stricker will be paired with PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth, matching age and wisdom with pure unadulterated youthful talent. They'll take on South Africa's Ernie Els and Zimbabwe's Brendon De Jonge in Match number four.
Not surprisingly, Couples has paired Phil Mickelson with Keegan Bradley, repeating a Ryder Cup team that had great success last year at Medinah. They'll go up against South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in Match number three.
The full match list pairings are as follows:
Match 1: Jason Day and Graham DeLaet, International verses Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker, USA
Match 2: Bill Haas and Webb Simpson, USA verses Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, International
Match 6: Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, USA verses Branden Grace and Richard Sterne, International
On the match facing Leishman and Cabrera, Price expressed guarded optimism, particularly putting Leishman, one of his Captain's picks up against Woods.
"It is a baptism of fire for him," Price said, "but Marc is very capable. He and Angel played very well yesterday together and they make a good team."
The first match goes off at 11:45 AM EDT leading up to the final sixth match which will tee off at 12:55 PM EDT. The Golf Channel will televise starting at Noon eastern.
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