Woods leads off US Cup defence

Captain Tiger Woods will kick off the United States’ bid for an eighth successive win in the Presidents Cup when he teams up with Justin Thomas at Royal Melbourne today.

Woods and his fellow former world No. 1 Thomas meet Australian Marc Leishman and tournament debutant Joaquinn Niemann in the opening fourballs match, as the Americans take on an International team – which represents the rest of the world, minus Europe.

Woods, who is only the second playing captain in the 25-year history of the tournament, said: “I think from our side, we had a game plan [with] who we wanted to start out, and we were committed to putting Justin and myself out there, and that’s who we’re rolling with.

“Having my responsibility as a player, I want to get out there and play with Justin, but also as a captain, I want to see my guys play.”

Woods said his assistant Steve Stricker would take over his captaincy duties while he was on the course. – SkySports

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