November 15, 2011
The Presidents Cup kicks off in one day, and that meant Fred Couples and Greg Norman were set to announce the opening-day pairings for the foursomes. Every player is out on Thursday in Melbourne, and without further ado, your American versus International pairings.
Match No. 1: Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson vs. Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa -- Not a complete shocker on the American side as both these guys have become friends and share a similar outlook on faith, but a little bit of a surprise on the International side splitting up Ishikawa and Y.E. Yang. The good thing is, you pair young Ryo with a veteran in Ernie, which could really help the talented Japanese phenom.
Match No. 2: Bill Haas and Nick Watney vs. Geoff Ogilvy and Charl Schwartzel -- A duo of great 2011 seasons on the American side going up against a major-heavy International team. Might not be the final match of the first day in terms of hype, but could definitely be the most competitive.
Match No. 3: Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar vs. Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day -- The first set of all-Australians for the International team will be up against a tough American squad in Kuchar-Johnson. Word on the street was Johnson might get thrown out with Tiger, but it might be nice to have similar outlooks on the game for the Americans.
Match No. 4: Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk vs. Retief Goosen and Robert Allenby -- While this match might have been a lot sexier in 2005, it's still bound to be exciting with the long-hitting Lefty paired with the accurate Furyk. The biggest problem for the Americans here? The short-stick, which both have been struggling with this season.
Match No. 6: Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker vs. Adam Scott and K.J. Choi -- Here is your storyline of the first day, as Tiger will be stuck in the same group with his old caddie for the first time in competition since they broke up. Yes, Williams/Woods is the story of the first day, but watch out for Scott, who is arguably the hottest player in Australia right now, and paired with Choi, will be looking to steal the first ever point from Woods and Stricker in these matches.