October 3 2013
Now about that squirrel...
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods seemed to be having entirely too much fun during Thursday's Four-ball competition at The Presidents Cup.
There was his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air birdie celebration with partner Matt Kuchar. There was the live squirrel that girlfriend Lindsey Vonn put on his neck while he was watching his teammates late in the day. Oh, and there was the 5 & 4 win over Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, a match in which the Americans led from the first hole.
"We went out there, had a great time today and put it on them," Woods said.
Woods won his 21st Presidents Cup match, most of any player on either side. He did it with his 19th different partner in these team competitions (combined Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup). It's safe to assume that none of the first 18 partners thought it would be a good idea to go with some dances moves from Will Smith's TV show.
"That was definitely all me," Kuchar said with a smile. "... I figured this guy was a perfect Carlton."
That would be Carlton Banks. Check out this YouTube clip of the character's dance moves. Then you'll get the joke.
Whatever took place out there, it obviously worked -- just like it did the day before when Woods and Stricker beat U.S. teammates Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth in a practice session. "We played 12 holes and we were 9 under," Woods said.
It shouldn't be a surprise that Woods and Kuchar played well Thursday. After all, they both love Muirfield Village. Woods has won the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance five times. Kuchar is the defending champ and has a boatload of top 10s.
"Put us together and we feel very comfortable how to play this golf course," Woods said.
On Friday, they may find it a bit tougher, though, as they go up against the International duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in Foursomes. The South African duo knocked off Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, who were undefeated at the Ryder Cup last year. They obviously won't be intimidated by Woods and Kuchar.
And they don't definitely don't want to see the Americans' latest dance moves.