US Open rivals Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson partner up at Presidents Cup

After US captain Jay Haas and his global counterpart Nick Price decided the matchups, it was the pairing of Spieth and Johnson that had the media buzzing at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. He was last seen in team uniform at Muirfield Village two years ago with Sammy the squirrel on his shoulder.


Furyk, the most knowledgeable constituents of the You can introduce.S. group that might happen to listening to his 8th Presidents Cup, is substituted with J.B. Holmes that only barely disregarded on that computerized position in the group.

Mickelson finished 30th on the points list with the top 10 automatically making the team.

The favourites may have a lot of talent at their disposal, but such is the beauty and drama of match play golf that nothing can be taken for granted. It all depends on where the points are.

“You look at our lineup, and it’s hard to sit guys”, Haas said. “And what Jordan wants, Jordan gets right now”, said Haas, adding that Reed had also been keen to partner up with Spieth.

“Matt is pretty easy to be with”, Haas said. “I think everyone is kind of fed up with it, that we’ve been losing for a while now”.

KJ Choi admitted that he would prefer playing in the President’s Cup rather than be Nick Price’s vice-captain, even though the role is one he relishes. The last time Mickelson was not in USA uniform, Deane Beman was the PGA Tour commissioner. When you’re a leader you’ve got to sacrifice and think of others before yourself.

An hour later, the worldwide team started practice.

McNulty expressed hopes that Bae, once in the military, would be treated with respect that he has earned with his athletic feats.

Every two years the Ryder Cup takes the golf world by storm, igniting passion in players and fans who for three days wonder if the cutthroat team competition is actually bigger than a major. “It would be a lot of fun playing against Jordan, but then again I’m not too sure what the strategy is with that”. The worldwide team seems very strong.

“He’s a great captain’s pick for all the obvious”, Johnson said.

Zach Johnson was stunned to hear that Dustin Johnson hasn’t played in these team events in three years, until he gave it a few more thought. It’s all set to be a fiery encounter in Incheon.

That’s what he thought when the 35-year-old Australian made his Presidents Cup debut in South Africa in 2003.

“He’s unbelievably positive”, Spieth said.

“He brings a great sense of humour to the team”.

“All designers go through cycles of when they do different things”, he said.

As an amateur, Lahiri was part of the Indian team that won the Asian Junior Golf Team gold in 2005 and also went to World Junior Championships. Before, you just go out there and do it. Best score wins the hole. “I don’t question him one bit”.

“That meant more to me than anything and I’m appreciative of the chance to have felt how that feels to be wanted by the other players, and it was very emotional for me when I found out”, he told a news conference.

“But I don’t know you can put a value on what he means to the players and the demeanor he brings into the team room”. “I think the amount of time that he’s put in behind the scenes is probably unprecedented”.


Play starts on Thursday with five foursomes matches and there will be five fourballs played on Friday.

J.B. Holmes added to President's Cup roster