Presidents Cup Pairings Favor Americans
The pairings for the Presidents Cup were released today, and despite having a squad boasting impressive credentials, the International team still finds themselves as the underdog. International team member Ernie Els believes that it would be a major coup if his squad can come out of tomorrow’s play all even. Captain Greg Norman’s squad has history going against it as well–it has never won the Presidents Cup on American soil. Heck, the International team only has one win in the history of the Presidents Cup, and that victory came 11 years ago.
Thursday’s opening day starts with six foursome matches. Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim have been paired together, as they go up against Tim Clark and Mike Weir. The final grouping has Justin Leonard and Jim Leonard taking on Retief Goosen and PGA champ Y.E. Yang.
The biggest match of the day involves Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker doing battle with Ryo Ishikawa and Geoff Ogilvy. At 18-years-old, Ishikawa becomes the youngest player ever to participate in the Presidents Cup.