Woods, DeLaet set to hit the course in Presidents Cup

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10/1/2013 6:29:49 PM
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Dublin, Ohio - The 2013 edition of the Presidents Cup kicks off this week from Muirfield Village, the yearly PGA Tour stop for the Memorial Tournament.

The U.S. is 7-1-1 all-time in the Presidents Cup, with wins in each of the last four matchups against the Internationals.

Get set for the competition with the Presidents Cup Preview Show on TSN, today at 2pm et/11am pt.

Tiger Woods has an impressive track record at Muirfield Village, posting five Memorial Tournament victories in his career. Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar have also won the Memorial, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Woods last won in 2012, giving the American team the last three winners, which is two more than the International team has combined. Ernie Els, who has played the most Presidents Cups for this International team, was the Memorial winner in 2004 and was runner-up in 2000.

Guiding the teams will be Fred Couples for the Americans and Nick Price for the Internationals. Couples is in his third stint as captain, while Price is leading the Internationals for the first time.

The strong American squad will be carrying four rookies into the competition, but the title seems hardly applicable to rising tour stars Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, and Keegan Bradley. Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old wunderkind came out of nowhere to capture his first PGA victory and finished 10th on the money list.

Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan is competing for the International squad as a rookie and is the first Canadian to play in the event since Mike Weir did in 2009. Ranked 32nd in the world, DeLaet had a breakthrough season on tour by earning seven top-10 results and making the cut in 21 of 26 events.

The International squad has five other rookies for this week's event, including Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Richard Sterne, and Captain's Picks Marc Leishman and Brendon de Jonge.

The format features six foursomes matches on Thursday, six four-ball matches on Friday, five foursomes matches and five four-ball matches on Saturday and 12 singles on Sunday. The first team to 17 1/2 wins the Presidents Cup, unless the match is deadlocked at the end of singles play, which occurred in 2003, resulting in a tie.

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