Underdog Internationals seek fast start against US

Rickie Fowler will play for the American team in the Presidents Cup

Rickie Fowler will play for the American team in the Presidents Cup

Since 2003, the red, white and blue has combined to top the Internationals 110.5-89.5, which boils down to an average winning score of roughly 18.5-15. And for good reason.

Global golf team captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe believes his "hodgepodge" band have the talent and the fire needed to prevent the United States from winning a seventh straight Presidents Cup this week.

It's a remarkable, unmatched feat.

One way Day hopes to do that is by putting an even stronger focus on his training. Now, unable to play because of his back problems and publicly shamed from his arrest, Woods is desperate for the camaraderie.

"It's insane, it is", Thomas continued.

Despite the language barrier, worldwide team captain Nick Price said Matsuyama's experience had made him a valuable contributor in the team room as well as on the course.

"Playing wise, I'm not looking ahead yet because I don't know what kind of swing I'm going to use".

He scribbled notes on the paper in front of him, talked in hushed tones with the other assistants and leaned over Stricker's shoulder like a kid trying to get a peek at the answer key.

The International team is heavy underdog for this week's event having won just one of 11 Presidents Cup contests since the event was inaugurate in 1994.

Spieth, who celebrated his 24th birthday in July, may have a chance.

They have never collided in Presidents Cup singles.

The International team includes three Australians - Day, cup veteran Adam Scott and Marc Leishman.

"I just wanted to know what they wanted to do and how we wanted to proceed as a team", he said.

However, US golfers have struck a more conciliatory tone. Players crowd around him, seeking advice, approval or a maybe just a fist-bump.

But when it comes to teams - 23 in his case - he has a record that might not be topped for a long time, if ever. He has played in every Ryder Cup since 1995.

"I let the team down two years ago in Korea, " a blunt Day told the media at Liberty National today as the players gathered for the 2017 teams event between the United States and Nick Price's Internationals.

Being here is part of his personal healing, as well as a huge lift to young players who, as fellow assistant captain Jim Furyk said, "grew up idolizing him" and possibly chose pro golf because of him.

Price, who does not have as much strength in depth, left out Canadian Adam Hadwin and Indian Anirban Lahiri.

Daniel Berger, a Presidents Cup rookie, said: "He has really been into the role of assistant captain". But Mickelson calls the accomplishment "one of the things I'm most proud of".

Stricker said he met with his four assistant captains, and then talked it over with his 12 players on a bus ride to NY on Tuesday for some television appearances. Obviously there's no guarantee that all 12 players will be the same in a year's time, but it is likely that more than half the players will be the same.

"Do I necessarily think it's the right time to do it? No".

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