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Phil Mickelson, who's rarely short on opinions, was asked about his reaction to the weekend's events, but he, too, was less-than-expansive.

Global team captain Nick Price is hopeful his "hodgepodge" team of 12 non-European golfers from around the world can gel this week and inflict a rare defeat on the United States in the Presidents Cup. For comparison's sake, the average score favors Europe by less than a point in the Ryder Cup in that span.

Thomas, 24, had four victories during the 2016-2017 season, including his first major at the PGA Championship in August. "I need to play with someone who has that 'I don't give a s--' attitude, because that's the way I play golf". I get to do what I love.

"Well, I enjoy being out here with the guys". Scott has never played on a winning team despite debuting as far back as 2003, while Leishman beat Jordan Spieth in singles in Korea at the last event, a portent of what was to come for him, making a two-metre putt at the last to win.

Woods remains wide-eyed about the future, but he knows that he, like every single golfer before him, can not play forever.

Playing on so many Presidents Cup teams has mainly been a happy occasion.

The Internationals have won just once (1998) since the inaugural edition in 1994.

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Day is one of three Australians on the global team, alongside Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, who won the BMW Championship. Then we got to the end, and the notion of "100 percent health", which Woods said was an undefinable number after eight surgeries.

". Overall I'm very optimistic how I'm progressing", Woods said.

It's been in the American game in this format, and Mickelson always figures into the equation.

Koepka, who will play alongside fellow Presidents Cup rookie Daniel Berger Thursday in their foursomes match against Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, thinks his Ryder Cup experience will help him this week.

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It's the million dollar question, one that Tiger has to have ruminated over throughout these last four broken-down years. That figured to be the core of American golf for years to come, and it almost was. She was ranked No. 1 in the world for 158 straight weeks from 2007-10. He was never won the PGA Tour money title. And Justin played great this year. It's no longer a team dominated by Aussies and South Africans, though those two nations are still the most vital. "I think they have realized how important this event is now, and they want to take it to the next level". "But it'll be done, I believe, because there's so many talented players that I believe will have the longevity".

An assistant to U.S. captain Steve Stricker this week, Woods believes a duel on Sunday (Monday NZ time) between the two former world No 1 ranked golfers could add much-needed drama to the lopsided biennial teams event. "We're excited, and you've got a great group of guys that are in the team room, everybody from (Steve) Stricker to (Tiger Woods) to Fred (Couples), it's really a joy to be around".

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