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October 2 2013

5:10 PM

Cabrera, Leishman eager to play Tiger

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Marc Leishman, left, talks with Captain Nick Price Wednesday at Muirfield Village.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Marc Leishman is playing in his first Presidents Cup this week at Muirfield Village. But it won't be his first time inside the ropes with Tiger Woods.

Woods and Leishman have played together a few times in the Aussie's career, including earlier this year here in the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.

They'll meet again when Leishman and Angel Cabrera play Woods and Matt Kuchar in the fifth match of Thursday's four-balls.

"It's going to be an exciting day for me, for both of us," Leishman said. "It's definitely going to be a tough match. We are both playing reasonably well and I think we have got a good chance."

Cabrera was more matter-of-fact when it came to taking on the world's top-ranked player.

"You've got to win, whether it's Tiger or whoever it is," he said. "It's all about the win and focusing on tomorrow and that's pretty much it."

Cabrera has played alongside Woods as well, including at the 2009 Presidents Cup at Harding Park, where he and Geoff Ogilvy got crushed by Woods and Steve Stricker, 5 and 3.

What about this time?

"I think it's harder playing in front of (Tiger) or behind him, just because there's so much movement in the crowd," Leishman said. "When you're playing with him, it's not as bad, because there's so many people, it's sort of like a constant noise."

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