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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar team up

By Bob Harig
ESPN.com

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods will have a new partner in team competition at the Presidents Cup: Matt Kuchar.

Kuchar, who won the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in June, will become the 19th player to pair with Woods in team competition at either the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup.

They will take on the International team of Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in Thursday's four-ball (best ball) competition at Muirfield Village. The first day calls for six four-ball matches.

Woods has never played with Kuchar in team competition. At the last Presidents Cup two years ago in Australia, Woods was paired with Steve Stricker and Dustin Johnson.

The competition gets underway at 11:45 a.m. ET and the other matches are as follows:

• Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) vs. Jason Day and Graham DeLaet;

• Bill Haas and Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama;

• Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel;

• Stricker and Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge;

• Kuchar and Woods (U.S.) vs. Cabrera and Leishman;

• Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson (U.S.) vs. Branden Grace and Richard Sterne.

Woods has 20-14-1 record in seven previous Presidents Cup appearances, and Kuchar went 1-3-1 two years ago in Australia. Kuchar was 2-1 at the Ryder Cup last year, while Woods was 0-3-1.

U.S. captain Fred Couples revived the Mickelson-Bradley tandem, which went 3-0 last year at the Presidents Cup.

On Friday, the format changes to six foursomes (alternate shot) followed by two sessions on Saturday: five four-ball and five foursomes. There will be 12 singles matches Sunday for a total of 34 points.

The U.S. leads the overall competition 7-1-1 and has won the last four matches by at least three points.