September 30 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The U.S. and International teams will announce their Thursday four-balls on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. Until then, here is a look at some possible International pairings, in no particular order.
Ernie Els-Hideki Matsuyama: With Matsuyama one of seven Presidents Cup rookies on the team, Els' experience can go a long way. The Big Easy also played three matches with another Japanese sensation, Ryo Ishikawa, in the last Presidents Cup.
Adam Scott-Angel Cabrera: There was a lot of mutual admiration and respect for one another during their Masters playoff, and these two played together in 2009 (albeit in fourballs). But I could also very easily see Scott being paired with Els, whom he has played with on multiple occasions.
Charl Schwartzel-Richard Sterne: Know what else the International team has a lot of besides rookies? South Africans. Both angles are covered in this pairing. The two go back to their days on the Sunshine Tour together and though this is Sterne's first Presidents Cup, he has six wins in Europe and boasts a final-round scoring average of 69.5 on TOUR this season.
Branden Grace-Louis Oosthuizen: Though Grace is a rookie here, like Sterne he has already won multiple times in Europe so he has plenty of experience under pressure. Don't be surprised, however, if Oosthuizen gets paired with Schwartzel. The two are close friends, teamed in the 2011 World Cup and playing alongside Schwartzel could be a boost to the banged-up Oosthuizen, who has struggled at times this season because of injury.
Jason Day-Marc Leishman: The two Aussies are good friends, and Leishman, a Presidents Cup rookie, can benefit from Day's home-course knowledge. Again, though, I could see Els factoring in and being paired with Leishman.
Brendon de Jonge-Graham DeLaet: Both are first-time participants, but de Jonge isn't new to Muirfield Village and he led the TOUR in birdies this season. DeLaet, meanwhile, was third in greens in regulation.
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