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August 23 2011

6:48 PM

Kuchar picks Woodland as partner

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

EDISON, N.J. -- Matt Kuchar was ready to pull out all the stops to sell Gary Woodland on a Thanksgiving trip to China.

Turns out, Woodland was thrilled that Kuchar picked him to be his partner in the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup. The tournament will be played Nov. 24-27 at Mission Hills Golf Club on Hainan Island.

“He was excited straightaway,” the perennially smiling Kuchar said. 

Kuchar, who is ranked No. 12 in the world, has been impressed by the big-hitting Woodland, who earned his first PGA TOUR victory earlier this year.

“I think he's going to be a guy we are going to see more and more playing some great golf,” Kuchar said. “And so I'm pretty excited to have a guy that plays as well as he does and hits it as far as he does as my partner, I think there's a lot of upside to that.

“I think I can be the steady one that makes a lot of pars and watch him just make golf look pretty easy.”

The Kuchar family is going to log a lot of frequent flier miles in November, too. The week prior to the World Cup, he’ll be playing in his first Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

“I'm really excited to go to Australia for The Presidents Cup,” said Kuchar, who currently ranks second in the U.S. standings. “And then to be elected to play in the World Cup is something that I think is just a super cool opportunity, to represent the United States in another competition and to have two guys representing the United States is amazing, I think to be one of those two guys representing your country is really an honor.”

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