Stricker ready to turn to Woods
This week Liberty National Golf Club in New York will host the 12th edition of the Presidents Cup, a match Team USA was won nine times yet anticipation of a tight renewal remains high.
The International team has claimed just one win (in Australia in 1998) and one tie (in South Africa in 2003), but the team is confident of success having come within one point of victory in South Korea two years ago.
Captain Nick Price revealed that his team is buzzing with the thrill of team golf.
"These guys have all been excited for a while now," he said. "The texts and the messages have been going backwards and forwards for the last six, eight months. It's been very rewarding to say the least as a captain, because it's piqued everybody's interests.
"The guys are ready. I think what happened in Korea, we have eight guys on the team that are from that match, and they sort of explained to the rookies just how big a week this is for us and what to look forward to and how much fun it is."
The course sits on a dramatic plot of land with the Statue of Liberty on the horizon. Price says it will be a fine venue.
He added: "Ten-out-of-ten for the golf course. It's in immaculate condition. It's in great shape, and of course, you know, hard to beat that backdrop of the skyline of Manhattan.
"I think it's a great match play course. There's a lot of risk/reward golf out there, and I think we're going to see a lot of holes changing hands rapidly. All the arrows are pointing toward a great week."
US leader Steve Stricker has Tiger Woods on the team as a vice-captain, a role he fulfilled in style at last year's Ryder Cup.
"No different this year than it was last year," said Stricker. "He's very involved. We're communicating through texts and I've talked to him on the phone quite a bit the last couple weeks. He's very into it. The players love having him there. We all love having him. He's fun to be around."
Team USA are 2/7 to win the Presidents Cup, the Internationals are 7/2 and the tie is 12/1.
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