October 6 2013
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By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- International Team Captain Nick Price, facing a six-point deficit going into the final session of The Presidents Cup, has front-loaded his Singles lineup with his hottest players this week.
But he knows that catching the Americans will be a difficult task in the final 12 matches. No team has ever come back from such a large deficit in The Presidents Cup.
"They have still got a lot of fight left in them," Price said of his team. "But this is a pretty tall order, and I just hope the golfing gods are on our side this afternoon."
U.S. Captain Fred Couples knows his team is in the driver's seat. But the U.S. team thought the same thing last year with a four-point lead against the Europeans at the Ryder Cup, only to lose the Cup in the Singles session.
"I know anything can happen out there," Couples said.
After Ernie Els leads off for the International team against American veteran Steve Stricker, the Internationals will use Hideki Matsuyama, Brendon de Jonge, Jason Day, Graham DeLaet and Adam Scott in the next five matches. All six of those players have the most points on the International side this week.
"Obviously, I was going to put the guys who were really in form at the top," Price said.
Meanwhile, American captain Fred Couples will count on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson down the stretch if the score gets tight. Woods is playing in the ninth match against Richard Sterne. Mickelson is in the final match against Angel Cabrera.
Couples said that Woods had mentioned playing against Sterne. Couples also wanted to put Woods in the 7-9 slot in Singles. So when Price named Sterne for the ninth match of the day, Couples countered with Woods instead of one of the other players still left on the board -- Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Mickelson.
"Tiger has talked a little about Richard, his game this week," Couples said. "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."
The U.S. Team leads 14-8 after the completion of the last Foursomes session Sunday morning. The Americans need to win 3.5 points out of the 12 points available in Singles to win The Presidents Cup. The Internationals need 9.5 points.
"We're up against it," Scott said. "We're just going to have to fight as hard as we can ... We're looking for one of those miracle comebacks, I guess."
Here are the pairings for the 12 matches. The first match started at 9:30 a.m. ET, with the final match between Mickelson and Cabrera slated to begin at 11:31 a.m. ET. The starting order of the matches were adjusted to allow players who finished late on Sunday morning in Foursomes time to rest before starting their Singles matches.
|1||10:03 a.m. ET||Steve Stricker||Ernie Els||Click for scorecard|
|2||9:30 a.m. ET||Hunter Mahan||Hideki Matsuyama||Click for scorecard|
|3||10:14 a.m. ET||Jason Dufner||Brendon de Jonge||Click for scorecard|
|4||9:41 a.m. ET||Brandt Snedeker||Jason Day||Click for scorecard|
|5||9:52 a.m. ET||Jordan Spieth||Graham DeLaet||Click for scorecard|
|6||10:25 a.m. ET||Bill Haas||Adam Scott||Click for scorecard|
|7||10:36 a.m. ET||Zach Johnson||Branden Grace||Click for scorecard|
|8||10:47 a.m. ET||Matt Kuchar||Marc Leishman||Click for scorecard|
|9||10:58 a.m. ET||Tiger Woods||Richard Sterne||Click for scorecard|
|10||11:09 a.m. ET||Keegan Bradley||Charl Schwartzel||Click for scorecard|
|11||11:20 a.m. ET||Webb Simpson||Louis Oosthuizen||Click for scorecard|
|12||11:31 a.m. ET||Phil Mickelson||Angel Cabrera||Click for scorecard|