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Johnson hopeful of quick return at Presidents Cup
Johnson hopeful of quick return at Presidents Cup

The No. 1 player in the world early in the year, Dustin Johnson didn't show up on the leaderboard the last three months of the PGA Tour and hasn't been seen at all since then. Johnson is part of the opening session Thursday in the Presidents Cup, his first competition since Aug. 25 at the Tour Championship. Johnson nearly staged the biggest comeback in major championship history at the PGA Championship until Brooks Koepka held him off.

Scott optimistic about ending years of Presidents Cup losses
Scott optimistic about ending years of Presidents Cup losses

No one at Royal Melbourne has more playing experience in the Presidents Cup than Adam Scott. Looking back, that would be a small victory for Scott and the International team. ''This is a great opportunity for us, it really is,'' Scott said Wednesday on the eve of matches that the Americans have thoroughly dominated.

Woods, Couples continue golden Presidents Cup alliance
Woods, Couples continue golden Presidents Cup alliance

The Presidents Cup has showcased high-quality pairings throughout its 25-year history but none have endured quite like the dynamic duo of Tiger Woods and Fred Couples. The President Cup has never run without the involvement of at least one of Woods or Couples in one role or another, and at Royal Melbourne

Captain Woods sends himself out in 1st Presidents Cup match
Captain Woods sends himself out in 1st Presidents Cup match

Tiger Woods deferred the first pick for pairings in the Presidents Cup, and then made sure he was in the opening match Thursday against the Australian who led qualifying for the International team at Royal Melbourne. Woods is the first playing captain since Hale Irwin in the inaugural Presidents Cup

Captain Woods sends himself out in 1st Presidents Cup match
Captain Woods sends himself out in 1st Presidents Cup match

Tiger Woods deferred the first pick for pairings in the Presidents Cup, and then made sure he was in the opening match Thursday against the Australian who led qualifying for the International team at Royal Melbourne. Woods is the first playing captain since Hale Irwin in the inaugural Presidents Cup

Fit Johnson
Fit Johnson 'ready' for full part in Presidents Cup after surgery

Former world number one Dustin Johnson has fully recovered from left knee surgery and declared Wednesday he was fit and "ready to play" a full role for the US team in this week's Presidents Cup. Johnson has not played since the Tour Championship in August and had arthroscopic surgery to

US Captain Woods likely to play three times at Presidents Cup
US Captain Woods likely to play three times at Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods will combine his captain's duties with playing most likely three times during the Presidents Cup, his deputy Fred Couples revealed Wednesday. There has been fervent speculation leading up to the biennial match play showdown between the United States and an International team led by Ernie

Golf: Guide to the Presidents Cup
Golf: Guide to the Presidents Cup

Melbourne (AFP) - A guide to the 13th Presidents Cup match between the International team captained by Ernie Els and Tiger Woods' United States at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club from Thursday:

Presidents Cup: Five pivotal holes at Royal Melbourne
Presidents Cup: Five pivotal holes at Royal Melbourne

Melbourne (AFP) - Five holes at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club that could be crucial in deciding who wins the 13th Presidents Cup when it begins Thursday:

Woods/Thomas-Leishman/Niemann: Breaking down the Day 1 matchups
Woods/Thomas-Leishman/Niemann: Breaking down the Day 1 matchups

The Presidents Cup pairings format continues to be intriguing. Here is the breakdown of how GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard and Jay Coffin see the day unfolding.

Could this week bring the spark the Presidents Cup so desperately needs?
Could this week bring the spark the Presidents Cup so desperately needs?

The Presidents Cup has been so one-sided in the favor of the U.S. that it struggles to remain relevant on the competitive landscape. Could this be the week the Internationals seize the opportunity?

Woods:
Woods: 'Zero hesitation' sending himself out first with Thomas

Tiger Woods wasted little time throwing himself directly into the mix in the Presidents Cup. This has been the plan for quite some time, and Woods was chomping at the bit to deliver the news.

U.S. vice captains expect busier-than-normal week at Presidents Cup
U.S. vice captains expect busier-than-normal week at Presidents Cup

With Tiger Woods likely to play three times this week, Fred Couples and the U.S. Presidents Cup vice captains are in for a busier-than-expected week at Royal Melbourne.

'Now it is turning personal': Patrick Reed hits back after Presidents Cup opponents' 'cheating' accusations

Who says the Presidents Cup is a pathetic copy of the Ryder Cup because it does not have any needle? This week it certainly has an edge with Patrick Reed telling his International opponents that they have made the match "personal" after accusing him of "cheating". While the game expected the spotlight to shine almost exclusively on Tiger Woods at Royal Melbourne - as the 15-time major winner experiences his first taste of US captaincy - instead it is the man who likes to refer to himself as "Captain America" who has monopolised the build-up. Reed was penalised two shots for illegally improving his lie in last week's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, but although the video footage of...

Patrick Reed still the talk of the Presidents Cup
Patrick Reed still the talk of the Presidents Cup

As if being the first playing captain in 25 years at the Presidents Cup weren't enough, Tiger Woods filled yet another role Tuesday at Royal Melbourne. Woods had Patrick Reed in his group for the first full practice round for a U.S. team still trying to shake off the jet lag from a 23-hour flight from the Bahamas. ''It's always great playing with Tiger because he kind of frees you up,'' Reed said.

Patrick Reed still the talk of the Presidents Cup
Patrick Reed still the talk of the Presidents Cup

As if being the first playing captain in 25 years at the Presidents Cup weren't enough, Tiger Woods filled yet another role Tuesday at Royal Melbourne. Woods had Patrick Reed in his group for the first full practice round for a U.S. team still trying to shake off the jet lag from a 23-hour flight

Future Presidents Cup sites for the biennial matches
Future Presidents Cup sites for the biennial matches

A look at future sites schedule to host the biennial Presidents Cup matches.

LPGA season opener ready to crank up the party atmosphere again
LPGA season opener ready to crank up the party atmosphere again

The LPGA will fittingly follow up its richest payday in history with its biggest party at the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions next month.

Nicklaus
Nicklaus' gold Rolex watch could sell at auction for $18 million

Jack Nicklaus wore his gold Rolex for more than 50 years and you, too, can wear it if you have lots and lots and lots of money.

Watch: JT needles Reed from Royal Melbourne bunker
Watch: JT needles Reed from Royal Melbourne bunker

Patrick Reed received a ribbing from Presidents Cup teammate Justin Thomas over his recent bunker antics.

Americans listed as heavy favorites to retain Presidents Cup
Americans listed as heavy favorites to retain Presidents Cup

Having lost only once in 25 years, the Americans are heavy betting favorites once again at the Presidents Cup.

Players, wives and single Bryson enjoy Presidents Cup gala
Players, wives and single Bryson enjoy Presidents Cup gala

U.S. and International team members, along with their significant others, attended the Presidents Cup gala on Tuesday night in Melbourne, Australia.

Els makes International team feel like one with a new logo
Els makes International team feel like one with a new logo

Captains for the Presidents Cup usually get the most attention for the wild-card picks that fill out their teams and the pairings they create. Ernie Els might have done his best work long before that point. The Presidents Cup is a PGA Tour creation, and so it was the PGA Tour that created a flag for

Els makes International team feel like one with a new logo
Els makes International team feel like one with a new logo

Captains for the Presidents Cup usually get the most attention for the wild-card picks that fill out their teams and the pairings they create. Ernie Els might have done his best work long before that point. The Presidents Cup is a PGA Tour creation, and so it was the PGA Tour that created a flag for

Column: Reed becoming known for more than
Column: Reed becoming known for more than 'Captain America'

This might be the end of that Captain America business. If it wasn't his finger-pointing interview after the Ryder Cup in France, a few swipes of sand in the Bahamas should make it a little more clear. Patrick Reed is not doing or saying the things that should make American golf want to rally around

Column: Reed becoming known for more than
Column: Reed becoming known for more than 'Captain America'

This might be the end of that Captain America business. If it wasn't his finger-pointing interview after the Ryder Cup in France, a few swipes of sand in the Bahamas should make it a little more clear. Patrick Reed is not doing or saying the things that should make American golf want to rally around

Fly zone:
Fly zone: 'Zombie' Thomas bugged by Australia's summer pests

World number four Justin Thomas said he was like "a zombie" because of jetlag Tuesday and complained that Australia's notorious flies were "destroying" him after his first practice round at the Presidents Cup. The US team jetted into Melbourne Monday on a private plane from the

Woods defends
Woods defends 'great kid' Reed after rule-breaking row

US captain Tiger Woods defended Presidents Cup teammate Patrick Reed as "a great kid" Tuesday after he was penalised for breaking the rules in the Bahamas, while attempting to draw a line under the controversy. Former US Masters champion Reed was given a two-shot penalty for improving his

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I'm no cheat, says US golfer Reed after penalty row

Former Masters champion Patrick Reed denied he was a cheat Tuesday after being penalised for improving his lie, insisting his actions were not intentional. Reed, who is part of captain Tiger Woods' US team at this week's Presidents Cup in Melbourne, was docked two strokes for improper swings

McIlroy turns down spot in Saudi tournament
McIlroy turns down spot in Saudi tournament

Rory McIlroy confirmed Monday he had turned down the chance to play in next month's European Tour event in Saudi Arabia despite reportedly being offered a multi-million-dollar appearance fee. McIlroy told the Golf Channel in an interview he had no interest in playing the Saudi International tournament in late January. "It's just not something that would excite me," the Northern Irishman said, echoing comments from Tiger Woods who last week confirmed he had also rejected an approach to play in the event.

U.S. captain Woods does not expect Presidents Cup galleries to abuse Reed

United States captain Tiger Woods on Tuesday said he does not expect teammate Patrick Reed to be subjected to abuse by fans at the upcoming Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, after the golfer was penalized last week for breaching the rules. Woods has been bombarded with questions about the 2018 Masters champion since touching down in Australia on Monday, with the assembled media seemingly uninterested in anyone else. This follows an incident in which Reed received a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in a bunker on Friday at the Hero World Challenge hosted by Woods in the Bahamas.

Reed ready to welcome the hostile environment at Royal Melbourne
Reed ready to welcome the hostile environment at Royal Melbourne

It might not be everyone's definition of fun, but a contentious Presidents Cup is exactly what Patrick Reed lives for, and exactly what he and the U.S. team will get at Royal Melbourne.

Reed: Smith
Reed: Smith's comments on controversy make Presidents Cup 'personal'

Following his first practice round at Royal Melbourne on Tuesday, Patrick Reed fired back at mounting criticism of his rule violation last week at the Hero World Challenge.

Oosthuizen welcoming challenge of new Presidents Cup partner
Oosthuizen welcoming challenge of new Presidents Cup partner

With Brendan Grace failing to qualify, Louis Oosthuizen will be without his dominant partner and in search of a new one this week at the Presidents Cup.

How to Speak Australian
How to Speak Australian

Ahead of the 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, brush up on your Aussie slang.

Patrick Reed gets ripped over rules controversy
Patrick Reed gets ripped over rules controversy

Alex Myers discusses Captain America's bunker penalty and the reaction he's gotten from fellow tour pros.

International squad unified with Els
International squad unified with Els' 'brilliant' team shield

The International team has long struggled with having players from a handful of different countries, but this year the squad will be playing with their own, unified identity.

Bulked-up Bryson driving balls too far at Royal Melbourne range
Bulked-up Bryson driving balls too far at Royal Melbourne range

Bryson DeChambeau had to get clearance to continue hitting drives on the range Tuesday at Royal Melbourne, and his newfound, bulked-up strength had something to do with it.

Looking Back On the Only Time the International Team Won the Presidents Cup
Looking Back On the Only Time the International Team Won the Presidents Cup

In 1998, the Internationals beat Team USA for the first and only time in the Presidents Cup. This year, both teams return to Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Here's a look back at the competition 21 years ago.

Jet lag is real: U.S. team needs another day to recover
Jet lag is real: U.S. team needs another day to recover

The Americans hadn't been in Australia for 24 hours before a dreary-looking Tiger Woods met with the media Tuesday at Royal Melbourne.

Tiger putting team first when it comes to his
Tiger putting team first when it comes to his 'playing' role

Tiger Woods' entire philosophy this week at the Presidents Cup is summed up in two words: team first.

Woods, Els address Reed controversy early and often at first news conference
Woods, Els address Reed controversy early and often at first news conference

If Tuesday's news conference was any indication this Presidents Cup will have a little more of an edge than previous editions.

Presidents Cup Preview
Presidents Cup Preview

Tiger Woods is both captain and player as Team USA heads to Australia to take on the Internationals in the Presidents Cup. (AP)

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It's going to take a lot, but here's how the Internationals can win the Presidents Cup

It won't be easy and it will require a lot of things to fall their way, but here's how the International team can win the Presidents Cup.

USGA, R&A plan to modernize rules of amateur status
USGA, R&A plan to modernize rules of amateur status

After modernizing the Rules of Golf at the beginning of the year, the USGA and R&A; now plan to update the Rules of Amateur Status.

Tiger or Jack? Who does Rory consider the greatest of all-time
Tiger or Jack? Who does Rory consider the greatest of all-time

Rory McIlroy was asked who is the greatest player of all-time. And he offered his definitive answer.

NBC Sports airing more than 60 hours of programming surrounding Presidents Cup
NBC Sports airing more than 60 hours of programming surrounding Presidents Cup

NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 60 hours of comprehensive news, digital and tournament coverage surrounding the Presidents Cup.

McIlroy not interested in Saudi event: Doesn
McIlroy not interested in Saudi event: Doesn't excite me

Rory McIlroy said he'd much rather play on the West Coast than travel to compete in the controversial Saudi Arabia event.

Rory:
Rory: 'I don't think it would be a big deal if it wasn't Patrick Reed'

Rory McIlroy said Patrick Reed's brush with the sand at the Hero deserved a penalty, but not all the negative reaction thereafter.

Randall
Randall's Rant: Spotlight shines on Tiger the leader and where this leads

This week marks yet another new chapter in the life of Tiger Woods. It's about more than taking on the role of U.S. captain at the Presidents Cup for the first time.


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