Darron Cummings/APTiger Woods waits for a team photo for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Wednesday. He was paired with Matt Kuchar for today’s opening fourballs.

Darron Cummings/APTiger Woods waits for a team photo for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Wednesday. He was paired with Matt Kuchar for today’s opening fourballs.

Woods to be paired with Kuchar on first day

Tiger Woods will link up with his 19th different partner in team play for the United States after being paired with Matt Kuchar for today’s opening fourballs at the Presidents Cup.

Woods and Kuchar will take on the long-hitting International combination of Argentina’s Angel Cabrera and Australian Marc Leishman in the fifth match out at Muirfield Village Club.

Many had expected Woods to be reunited with Steve Stricker, with whom he has gelled superbly in the past, though the pair failed to spark together in last year’s Ryder Cup against Europe.

While giving Woods his 19th different partner at either the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Fred Couples said on Wednesday he had always intended to send out the 14-time major champion in the fifth match.

“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 told reporters after he and his opposite number Nick Price had announced their pairings.

There were no major surprises in either of the captain’s selections on Wednesday, with both teams pairing up good friends and regular practice partners in a bid to make a fast start in the biennial competition.

In the top match, Americans Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker will take on Australian Jason Day and Canada’s Graham DeLaet, with Masters champion Adam Scott and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama next off against good buddies Bill Haas and Webb Simpson.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley will resume their electrifying partnership from last year’s Ryder Cup when they play against long-time pals and fellow South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in the third match of the day.

American veteran Steve Stricker and 20-year-old rookie Jordan Spieth will meet South African Ernie Els and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge while PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson face two more South Africans, Branden Grace and Richard Sterne, in the bottom match.

Presidents Cup

WHEN: Thursday to Sunday

WHERE: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

TV: Golf Channel (Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday, 5 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)GolfMatt KucharPresidents CupTiger Woods

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Dave Hodges, pastor at Zide Door, the Church of Entheogenic Plants that include marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, holds some psychedelic mushrooms inside the Oakland church on Friday, July 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Psychedelic spirituality: Inside a growing Bay Area religious movement

‘They are guiding us into something ineffable’

San Francisco Police stand guard outside the Mission Police Station during a protest over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Fired: California bill aims to decertify police for serious misconduct

By Robert Lewis CalMatters On a Wednesday afternoon in April 2018, Gardena… Continue reading

The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
Chris Victorio/
Special to The Examiner
Giants vs. Dodgers: What you need to know before this week’s huge series

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner That grinding noise you’ll hear… Continue reading

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that state employees and health care workers must be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing and wear masks. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)
California orders vaccine or testing for health care workers, state employees

By Ana B. Ibarra CalMatters Amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases and… Continue reading

Jeremy Kahn and Monica Ho are excellent in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Lauren Yee’s “The Song of Summer,” being presented live and online. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Touching relationship at heart of ‘Song of Summer’

Lighthearted SF Playhouse show ‘feels right for this moment’

Most Read