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Sports 6 takeaways from Day 1 Presidents Cup pairings

15:23  12 december  2019
15:23  12 december  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Golf: Reed violation 'opens the door' for Presidents Cup crowds - Leishman

  Golf: Reed violation 'opens the door' for Presidents Cup crowds - Leishman Golf: Reed violation 'opens the door' for Presidents Cup crowds - LeishmanReed was penalized two strokes on Friday after twice moving sand while taking practice swings to improve his lie at the invitational tournament in the Bahamas hosted by Tiger Woods.

The first pairings announcement of the Presidents Cup took place Wednesday, with captains Tiger Woods and Ernie Els revealing the first session's matchups. 6 takeaways from Day 1 Presidents Cup pairings .

JERSEY CITY, N.J.—Captains Steve Stricker and Nick Price announced their pairings for Day 1 of the 2017 Presidents Cup . Here are four takeaways regarding the matches set for Thursday: Spieth and Reed return. The U.S. super couple, coming off a successful venture at the Ryder Cup , highlight the

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Now that pairings and matchups for Day 1 of the 2019 Presidents Cup have been decided, it's time to dissect the decisions made by U.S. captain Tiger Woods and Internationals boss Ernie Els.

Here are the pairings and takeaways for Day 1:

Tiger isn't messing around

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Perhaps Woods was little thrown off by Els going with Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann right off the top, but the American captain stuck to his guns and put himself and Justin Thomas in the first match regardless of their opponent.

Tiger was likely anticipating a match against one of the International team's top players - someone like Adam Scott or Louis Oosthuizen - but he and Thomas will have a great opportunity to claim the first point of the event and set an early tone for the American side.

Reed: Smith's cheating comments make Presidents Cup 'personal'

  Reed: Smith's cheating comments make Presidents Cup 'personal' Patrick Reed didn't care for Cameron Smith's comments about the former's two-stroke penalty for improving his line of play in the Bahamas last week. "I don't have any sympathy for anyone that cheats," Smith said. Reed said that's lit a fire under him as the two prepare to compete against each other at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne. "It's not the right word to use. At the end of the day, if you do something unintentionally that breaks the rules, it's not considered cheating and at the end of the day, that's what it is," Reed said, according to Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard.

Thursday's Presidents Cup foursomes pairings are out and some of the decisions made by both captains have us scratching our heads. Here's a look at five choices we found particularly perplexing. 1 ) Bae's benching: One of the most intriguing stories entering the Presidents Cup was whether

On Day 1 of the 2017 Presidents Cup , the Americans got off to a hot start with the Internationals clawing back to finish within 2 points 3 1/2 - 1 1/2. The Presidents Cup , a team match play competition featuring 12 golfers from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe

Surprising Patrick split

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Despite being paired in both practice sessions and Round 1 of the Hero World Challenge - and having competed in the Zurich Classic together - Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay were split up for Day 1.

The Patricks could end up rejoining for foursomes, but for now, they'll be tasked with earning points separately. Reed and Webb Simpson should have no problem handling Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan, while Cantlay and Xander Schauffele create a formidable second pairing that should be heavily favored to beat Sungjae Im and Adam Hadwin.

Young and old

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Instead of stacking veterans together to match up against the United States' best teams, Els took a different - and much riskier - approach by pairing each vet with a rookie.

Tiger to sit out Session 3, Thomas paired with Fowler

  Tiger to sit out Session 3, Thomas paired with Fowler Tiger Woods is splitting up his own dynamic pairing. After winning two matches alongside Justin Thomas on the first two days, U.S. team captain Woods announced that he'll sit out Session 3 of the Presidents Cup in Friday's pairings announcement. Day 3 will feature two sessions of four matches each, meaning four Americans and four Internationals will sit out each round. Rickie Fowler will slide in beside Thomas in Woods' absence. They will be outAfter winning two matches alongside Justin Thomas on the first two days, U.S. team captain Woods announced that he'll sit out Session 3 of the Presidents Cup in Friday's pairings announcement.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Captains Steve Stricker and Nick Price announced their pairings for Day 1 of the 2017 Presidents Cup . Here are four takeaways regarding the matches set for Thursday: Spieth and Reed return. The U.S. super couple, coming off a successful venture at the Ryder Cup , highlight

Here's who will square off in the five fourball matches over the first day of competition.

While this strategy may raise eyebrows, it also makes some sense. Giving each rookie a calming presence should ease their nerves, especially if they get off to shaky starts. Additionally, rolling out these tandems in four-ball will allow the debutants to play their own balls and get into the groove.

Ancer strikes gold

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Mexico's Abraham Ancer drew Louis Oosthuizen as his partner for Day 1 four-ball and instantly became the dark-horse rookie to watch out for. Going up against Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland won't be easy, but at least the International pair will be facing Johnson during his first competitive round in 16 weeks.

Els will be less inclined to split up Ancer and Oosthuizen if they pick up a big point on Day 1, which makes this pairing a potential catalyst for an International upset.

Scott's must-win

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If Scott wants to end his winless drought in his ninth Presidents Cup, he must emerge victorious from Thursday's match with Byeong Hun An against Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau. Based on the betting market, Scott and An are the Internationals' best chance at collecting a point on Day 1. They must deliver because getting swept on Thursday would be an early nail in the coffin.

Report: Reed's caddie involved in altercation with fan

  Report: Reed's caddie involved in altercation with fan Patrick Reed's caddie, Kessler Karain, was involved in a physical altercation with a fan after the conclusion of Saturday's four-ball session at the Presidents Cup, according to Golf Channel's Steve Sands. "There was a little bit of an altercation earlier today after the morning matches with Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. Kessler Karain, the caddie for Patrick Reed, got into an altercation with one of the fans," Sands reports. "(Reed) played in"There was a little bit of an altercation earlier today after the morning matches with Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. Kessler Karain, the caddie for Patrick Reed, got into an altercation with one of the fans," Sands reports.

The matches for the first day of the Presidents Cup have been set. The format will be foursomes (alternate shot), and five matches will be played on

Need to know what's going on during Day 1 of the Presidents Cup ? This was a creative pairing from Woods, putting the easy-going Finau with the methodical, detail-oriented DeChambeau.

Benchwarmers

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Two surprising names will be on the bench during Day 1. Rickie Fowler won't play on Thursday, but he could very well see action in the remaining four sessions due to his versatility.

The big shock is that Cam Smith is sitting. This feels like a missed opportunity by Els to capitalize on the main storyline leading into the event. Smith didn't necessarily have to go head to head with Reed to create buzz, but his presence would have reminded fans in Australia which side they should be supporting.

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Couples: Physical concerns forced Tiger to sit Saturday at Presidents Cup .
After playing brilliantly in the opening two rounds at the Presidents Cup, Tiger Woods sat out all of Saturday with his team trailing. The move shocked fans, as well as Woods' vice captains. They knew he would not play the morning session but were stunned to learn he was taking the entire day off because of physical concerns. "At about 10 o'clock, Tiger said, 'Guys, my body's not going to let me go. I'm not going to play this afternoon,'" FredThe move shocked fans, as well as Woods' vice captains. They knew he would not play the morning session but were stunned to learn he was taking the entire day off because of physical concerns.

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