October 2 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- When International Team Captain Nick Price asked players on his team who they'd like to play with, Adam Scott said he would be happy to be paired with anyone.
Enter Hideki Matsuyama, though it isn't the first time the two have been inside the ropes together.
Scott and Matsuyama played practice rounds together at the U.S. and British Opens earlier this year and they've spent the last two days practicing together.
"We've done pretty well," Matsuyama said. "We've ham‑and‑egged it pretty good."
Added Scott: "I was trying to make a choice easy for Nick, really. But I think I'm the only guy who has really played any golf with Hideki ... so we had some kind of knowledge of each other's game. And hey, I'm more than happy to play with a guy who has won three times and performing the way he is."
While Matsuyama's victories have all come on the Japan Tour, the 21-year-old has also performed well on bigger stages. He tied for 10th at the U.S. Open, sixth at The Open Championship and 16th at the PGA Championship.
"I think it's a strong pairing," said Scott, who will play with Matsuyama in Thursday's second match against Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. "I think we are expecting to win points together."
As for whatever language barrier might exist between the two, Matsuyama has an interpreter with him this week. Or he could just let his clubs do the talking.
"Good shot is the international language," Scott said. "Everyone understands that."