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Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar vs. Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama Will Steal Show

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 03:  Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar of the U.S. Team celebrate after defeating the Cabrera/Leishman team 5&4 during the Day One Four-Ball Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 3, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

In what should be the most exciting matchup of the President’s Cup Day 3, Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar will go head-to-head with Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama in Saturday morning’s fourball battle at 9:29 a.m. ET.

Woods and Kuchar are 2-0 at the tournament and look to be using their dynamic chemistry to give Team USA the overall lead against Team International.

The duo beat Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman on Day 1, 5&4, and took down Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, 4&2.

Both American players have been striking the ball well. While each has remained conservative getting to the green, the excellent putting from both men will have to continue if Woods and Kuchar want to win Saturday morning.

Scott and Matsuyama were locked in a fierce battle with Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson that carried over into Saturday due to a weather delay, but their 2&1 victory and quick turnaround will give the international duo a chance to carry that momentum into the difficult matchup.

The International tandem was dominating Dufner and Johnson, but the American players made it a fierce fight and forced Scott and Matsuyama to their limit.

While Scott and Matsuyama held on for the win, the lack of success in finishing the round could hurt the team moving into the next matchup.

While foursome golf is always great at the Presidents Cup, the fourball pairings are even more entertaining. With each player using his own ball and following up on his own shots, this is the truest test of which tandem is the best on the course.

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 03:  Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (L) and Adam Scott of Australia and the International Team react to a shot on the second hole during the Day One Four-Ball Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 3, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio.
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There is no doubt that Woods and Kuchar have formed a great rapport on and off the course, but each man will have to be playing his best to stop one of the hottest teams in the field this year. The same can be said for the international tandem.

Team USA continues to hold the overall lead (6.5-5.5 as of 9 a.m. ET), and how Woods and Kuchar handle Scott and Matsuyama in Saturday’s fourball game will be a great gauge of how the rest of this event will unfold.

If you love golf, you do not want to miss Woods and Kuchar vs. Scott and Matsuyama.

 

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