Published October 02, 2013
DUBLIN, Ohio – A brief look at the 10th Presidents Cup matches, which start Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Club:
Teams: United States against an International team of players from everywhere but Europe.
Length: 7,354 yards.
Points needed to win: 17½
Captains: Fred Couples (U.S.)-Nick Price (International)
Defending champion: United States.
Series: United States leads, 7-1-1
International team: Angel Cabrera (Argentina), Jason Day (Australia), Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe), Graham DeLaet (Canada), Ernie Els (South Africa), Branden Grace (South Africa), Marc Leishman (Australia), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Adam Scott (Australia), Richard Sterne (South Africa).
U.S. team: Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods.
Thursday fourballs pairings: Jason Day-Graham DeLaet (Int) vs. Hunter Mahan-Brandt Snedeker (US); Adam Scott-Hideki Matsuyama (Int) vs. Bill Haas-Webb Simpson (US); Louis Oosthuizen-Charl Schwartzel (Int) vs. Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley (US); Ernie Els-Brendon de Jonge (Int) vs. Steve Stricker-Jordan Spieth (US); Angel Cabrera-Marc Leishman (Int) vs. Matt Kuchar-Tiger Woods (US); Branden Grace-Richard Sterne (Int) vs. Zach Johnson-Jason Dufner (US).
Notable: Muirfield Village is the only club to have hosted the Ryder Cup (1987), Solheim Cup (1998) and Presidents Cup (2013).
Quotable: "If we can get a little momentum going, then I really believe we can win this thing." — Adam Scott.
Television (all times EDT): Thursday, noon to 6 p.m., Golf Channel; Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., NBC; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., NBC.