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October 6 2013

10:58 AM

Woods gets surprise of sorts in Sterne

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Granted, it probably wasn't the Singles match you expected for Tiger Woods on the final day of The Presidents Cup.

But U.S. Captain Fred Couples only had four players remaining -- Woods, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson. So when Nick Price put Richard Sterne on the board for the International Team, Couples responded with the world's No. 1 player.

"It's when people want to go," Couples said of his strategy. "People just ask me why you put Tiger up against Richard. Personally, Tiger has talked a little about Richard, his game this week. They have not played each other. 

"But it just came where Tiger goes anywhere from seven to nine, and we just didn't want to wait any longer, so we put him there."

Sterne, who is one of seven rookies on the International Team, has yet to win a point this week. The South African, a six-time winner on the European Tour, ranks 41st in the world.

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