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October 5 2013

9:38 AM

Woods, Kuchar haven't gone full 18

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Matt Kuchar is Tiger Woods' 19th different partner in international team competition.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

DUBLIN, Ohio -- The Tiger Woods-Matt Kuchar juggernaut continued as the Americans returned to Muirfield Village Saturday morning and polished off the extremely game International Team of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel 4 and 2 in Foursomes.

At one point during the match with the South Africans, both of whom, like Woods, own major championships, the U.S. Team reeled off five straight birdies. Only one, though, ended up winning the hole as Schwartzel and Oosthuizen made four of their own.

"There were a lot of holes halved," Kuchar observed. "There were not many holes won with birdies. We got off to a 7 under through 11 start and they were right there with us, so it was like a club match."

Woods agreed with his partner.

"We played really well, we were 7 up through 11, and they played great," Woods said. "Louis and Charl were just right with us making birdie and birdie, and Kuch topping them on 3 and 4 was huge to keep that 1-up lead."

Woods and Kuchar have yet to play the 17th and 18th holes after opening with a 5-and-4 win over Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in Four-balls on Thursday. The two combined for eight birdies in that match and produced a phenomenal nine in the challenging Foursomes competition while dropping just one shot to par.

"Tiger and Kuchar played unbelievable," Oosthuizen said. "... We had a good run but yeah, I made two mistakes, 9 and 12, and that cost us. You can't make any mistakes like that against these guys."

Next up for the Americans with a quick turnaround is the undefeated International duo of Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama.

"We're used to it," Woods said. "We've done this a bunch before. Matt has been on teams and I've been on teams and we know how it works."

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