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Five Presidents Cup pairings we hope to see this week at Muirfield Village

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The Presidents Cup kicks off on Thursday, with a veteran American team taking on an International team with seven rookies, and while we don't know exactly who will be paired together over the next three days, we have some teams we hope to see.

Here are five teams we really hope that both Fred Couples and Nick Price make happen at some point over this week at Muirfield Village.

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth -- It's no surprise that almost every American players wants a shot at being paired with Tiger, but the one guy that we think will bring out the best in Woods is 20-year-old Jordan Spieth. The youngster who is playing some of the best golf of anyone in the world will probably bounce around between a few players this week, but we hope that he lands with Tiger at least for one match, and the two can go out and show the Internationals what a tough one-two punch you'll get with a veteran like Woods and a rookie like Spieth.

Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera -- The last time we saw these two playing alongside each other it was one of the most epic final rounds ever at Augusta National, so why not bring that Masters magic to the team? Scott will play fine next to anyone, and Cabrera is the type of "go for broke" player that might shine next to one of the most consistent players in the world right now in Scott.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley -- It was a great pairing at the Ryder Cup a year ago and it seems these two really, really enjoy playing with each other at these team events. I think anyone that wants to see shotmaking and excitement hopes that Fred Couples goes with a Mickelson-Bradley pairing a few times at Muirfield Village.

Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama -- These two youngsters combine to be the same age as American Steve Stricker, and I think if the Internationals need an early boost, they should get these two talents out early and hope that they play off one another to earn a full point for the Internationals.

Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley -- While the above pairing of Mickelson and Bradley makes the most sense (they went 3-0 as a team at the Ryder Cup in '12), I think a pairing I would really enjoy watching is buddies Dufner and Bradley playing together. The two seem to bring out the best in each other, and it appears Bradley is one of the few people that can pull a smile out of the usually relaxed Dufner while he's actually on the golf course. If the event becomes a blowout for the Americans, I hope Couples at least gives this one a look for entertainment reasons.

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