TIM CLARK/MIKE WEIR V ANTHONY KIM/PHIL MICKELSON
Mickelson and Kim were awesome in the Ryder Cup on home soil. Two of the most solid players from the Internationals paired against them here who will be unfazed by Kim’s belt, Phil’s body and the roars of the crowd. It’ll still be tough.
ADAM SCOTT/ERNIE ELS V HUNTER MAHAN/SEAN O’HAIR
Greg’s given Ernie the job to look after Adam Scott. It may be a good choice especially against these two relative new-comers. If Adam can putt, they’re half a chance.
VIJAY SINGH/ROBERT ALLENBY V LUCAS GLOVER/STEWART CINK
Kind of an odd pairing this one. Both Vijay and Allenby have found some form lately but there’s some serious form facing them. According to Allenby, “…we will be massaging each other around the golf course. That would be on the shoulders, that would be.”
ANGEL CABRERA/CAMILO VILLEGAS V KENNY PERRY/ZACH JOHNSON
It looks like Norman is putting an old hand with each of the youngsters in the Internationals. Nice to see Angel up against Kenny. Ideally, I’d like to see Angel try and replicate Camilo’s spider move over every putt. Could be replacing a few very large plugmarks.
GEOFF OGILVY/RYO ISHIKAWA V TIGER WOODS/STEVE STRICKER
Wow. What in introduction for Ryo. With Ogilvy struggling right now, I can’t see these guys pulling it off. It throws Ishikawa into the deep to start and may stand him on good ground for the weekend. Let’s not forget the huge crowds he plays in front of every week in Japan. They’re not quite Amercian golf fans though.
RETIEF GOOSEN/Y.E. YANG V JIM FURYK/JUSTIN LEONARD
This’ll be close. Goose will keep the Americans honest here and it will just be a matter of how well Leonard and Yang play to determine the winner. Keep your bag well away from Yang if you win Goose, he’s known to hoist a few over his head.