September 28 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.com contributor
• COURSE: Muirfield Village Golf Club, 7,392 yards, par 72. The course that Jack Nicklaus built in part as a gift to his hometown in 1974 has grown into a showpiece for some of golf's top events. The Presidents Cup's arrival completes Muirfield Village's trifecta of pro golf's biggest team matches, joining the 1987 Ryder Cup and 1998 Solheim Cup. Don't forget, too, that the Memorial Tournament attracts one of the top fields each year on the PGA TOUR.
• SERIES: United States leads, 7-1-1.
• CHARITY: Net revenues are divided into equal shares that players and captains designate for charities or golf-related projects of their choice. The first nine Presidents Cups generated more than $27 million for charities worldwide, including a record $4.5 million in 2011.
• U.S. ROSTER: Keegan Bradley (1st Presidents Cup), Jason Dufner (1st), Bill Haas (2nd), Zach Johnson (3rd), Matt Kuchar (2nd), Hunter Mahan (4th), Phil Mickelson (10th), Webb Simpson (2nd), Brandt Snedeker (1st), Jordan Spieth (1st), Steve Stricker (5th), Tiger Woods (8th). Captain: Fred Couples.
• INTERNATIONAL ROSTER: Angel Cabrera, Argentina (4th Presidents Cup); Jason Day, Australia (2nd); Brendon de Jonge, Zimbabwe (1st); Graham DeLaet, Canada (1st); Ernie Els, South Africa (8th); Branden Grace, South Africa (1st); Marc Leishman, Australia (1st); Hideki Matsyama, Japan (1st); Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa (1st); Charl Schwartzel, South Africa (2nd); Adam Scott, Australia (6th); Richard Sterne, South Africa (1st). Captain: Nick Price, Zimbabwe.
• TWO YEARS AGO: Jim Furyk's unbeaten week helped the United States capture its fourth consecutive win, a 19-15 victory at Royal Melbourne in which Woods notched the winning point for the second consecutive Cup. Furyk went 5-0 in Australia, notching three team wins with Mickelson and knocking off Els in singles to set up Woods for the clincher. Woods -- a Captain's Pick after scandal and injuries in 2010 and '11 -- finished it off with a 4 and 3 victory over Aaron Baddeley, joining Captain Fred Couples as the only men to twice record the winning point in Presidents Cup play. The Internationals were led 3-1-1 records from Charl Schwartzel and Geoff Ogilvy, but Captain Greg Norman's squad found itself undone by a 3-8 record in foursomes.
• STORYLINES: Can a squad laden with seven rookies help turn around the Internationals' fortunes? On the bright side, Oosthuizen is a major champion (2010 British Open), as is second-timer Schwartzel (2011 Masters). ... Spieth will be in the spotlight after a rookie season that included winning the John Deere Classic and three runner-up finishes. Just two months past his 20th birthday, the Texan is the youngest to ever grace a U.S. Presidents Cup roster. … Oosthuizen's health will be closely monitored after sitting out nearly three months with back, neck and hip injuries. He returned at this week's Dunhill Links, starting slowly with a 74 before rounds of 69 and 68.
• SHORT CHIPS: With Furyk not selected for this year's event, Woods figures to regain sole position atop the Presidents Cup all-time win list. Woods held the lead two years ago before Furyk's 5-0 record at Royal Melbourne left them tied at 20 apiece ... Els will have a tough time avoiding a move to the top of the list in Presidents Cup matches lost. The Hall of Famer has 16, just one behind Australia's Robert Allenby ... The five-man South African contingent matches the Internationals' record for most from one country. Five Cups featured five Australians on the International roster, including two years ago.
• TELEVISION: Thursday, noon-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Friday, 1-6 p.m. (GC). Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (NBC).
• RADIO: Thursday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. ET. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (All SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio).