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October 2 2013

3:20 PM

Preview: Haas-Simpson (U.S.) vs. Scott-Matsuyama (Int'l)

DUBLIN, Ohio -- A preview of the Thursday Four-Ball match between the American duo of Bill Haas-Webb Simpson vs. the International duo of Adam Scott-Hideki Matsuyama. Tee time for this match is 11:59 a.m. ET.

ALL-TIME PRESIDENTS CUP RECORDS


Bill Haas
1-3-1 (1-1-0 Four-Ball)

Adam Scott
10-13-2 (5-4-1 Four-Ball)


Webb Simpson
3-2-0 (1-1-0 Four-Ball)

Hideki Matsuyama
0-0-0

TEAM PERSPECTIVE

United States: These two former Wake Forest All-Americans had hoped to play together in their Presidents Cup debuts in Australia but Simpson and Bubba Watson simply had too much success to split them up. Over the last two years, Haas and Simpson have played lots of practice rounds together and they finally get their chance on Thursday. Complementary games and temperaments should help this team mesh, but Scott and the rookie Matsuyama could prove to be an explosive opponent. "It's going to be tough," Simpson said. "Adam has had a great year ... Hideki won a few weeks ago. So we've got our work cut out for us, but honestly I knew before I looked at the pairings that who we were going to be playing was tough." -- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

International: The 21-year-old Matsuyama played a couple of practice rounds with Scott at the U.S. and British Opens this year and has spent the last two days looking looked relaxed and comfortable around the Aussie. Given the experience of Scott (and caddie Steve Williams), this is a sensible pairing for the Japanese sensation in his first Presidents Cup. Don't be surprised if they play together multiple times, much the way Ernie Els did with Ryo Ishikawa two years ago. -- Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

STAFF PREDICTIONS

Helen Ross: International. Matsuyama may be a rookie, but he's in a Jordan Spieth-like mold.

Brian Wacker: International. The Aussie will carry the load.

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