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October 2 2013

3:50 PM

Preview: Johnson-Dufner (U.S.) vs. Grace-Sterne (Int'l)

DUBLIN, Ohio -- A preview of the Thursday Four-Ball match between the American duo of Zach Johnson-Jason Dufner vs. the International duo of Brenden Grace-Richard Sterne. Tee time for this match is 12:55 p.m. ET.

ALL-TIME PRESIDENTS CUP RECORDS


Zach Johnson
4-5-0 (1-2-0 Four-Ball)

Brenden Grace
0-0-0


Jason Dufner
0-0-0

Richard Sterne
0-0-0

TEAM PERSPECTIVE

United States: These two went 2-1 together at last year's Ryder Cup although both their wins came in Foursomes, not Four-Ball where Ian Poulter seized the momentum on the last four holes. "I think we meshed out pretty good," Dufner said. Johnson was ailing at the start of the week but you know what they say -- beware the injured golfer -- and Dufner is less than two months removed from his PGA Championship victory. -- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

International: The two South Africans should feel comfortable around each other in their first Presidents Cup startsr. "I think the good thing is if you take Richard, myself, Charl and Louis, we play week in week out where we play in the same event. We play together. You're very comfortable around each other's games. You know what to expect from those guys, and you know what they are capable of doing. I think that's a big relief as well."  -- Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

STAFF PREDICTIONS

Helen Ross: U.S. Presuming Johnson is back to full strength.

Brian Wacker:  Halved. Getting even a half-point would be a bonus for the South Africans.

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