The U.S. team captain and assistant captain, Jack Nicklaus and Jeff Sluman, left, picked the pairings for Thursday's matches with their International team counterparts, Gary Player and Ian Baker-Finch.
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"Jim Furyk is just such a steady player, and I think he's like nobody -- none of the players are intimidated to play with him," said U.S. team captain Jack Nicklaus when asked about Furyk. "They all enjoy playing with him because they know they can always count on him. He's always right there, and that's a comforting feeling for his partner because his record has been pretty good probably because of that."
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Phil Mickelson, center, walked the first fairway with Zach Johnson, left, and Stewart Cink, right. "I think our guys have really been playing well. So I think that they are well prepared," said their captain Jack Nicklaus. "They are enthusiastic. The guys are all looking forward to being here and looking forward to playing."
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Lucas Glover was added to the U.S. team by captain Jack Nicklaus after Glover was bumped out of the top 10 by Woody Austin.
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Retief Goosen of the International Team also got in some practice Tuesday.
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"Ernie is our No. 1 player according to the points earned and I think he has been for two years. It was a big disappointment for me last time not to have Ernie," said Gary Player of Ernie Els. "We are pleased to have him back this year, and let's hope he plays well."
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Phil Mickelson discussed yardages with teammate Woody Austin during a practice round Tuesday at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.
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"I think Tiger is an intimidating player. I'm not sure that -- the intimidation doesn't even go to his partners. I think that most of them feel far more comfortable," Jack Nicklaus said of Tiger Woods. "Last night, 11 players other than Tiger all probably put Tiger down as one they would like to play with. I said, 'Duh,' I would think I would want to play with him, too."
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Tuesday Practice at the Presidents Cup
Presidents Cup captains Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus gave a press conference Tuesday . "We have had some great matches the last two times. Only one stroke has really separated the two teams in the last two matches," Nicklaus said.
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Woods played with Scott Verplank on Wednesday.
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Australians Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott are paired together on Thursday. "Adam and Geoff really wanted to play together, and they both are playing extremely well," said Player, the team captain. "I think Adam Scott's got one of the great golf swings of the world today. He's impressive, and obviously Geoff, U.S. Open Champion, very straight hitter."
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Retief Goosen and Mike Weir during their Wednesday practice round. "It's definitely going to be great to try to win it," said Goosen. "The whole side is very good. I'm very much looking forward to it."
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Nicklaus sat down with Tiger Woods.
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Mickelson also took on Woody Austin.
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"Mike has got progressively better towards the end of the year," Gary Player said of Canadian International team member Mike Weir. "If you look how well he played in the Open and the other tournaments; and I think once I picked him, it was also -- he really wanted to play very badly, understandably so."
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Before practice rounds on Wednesday, Phil Mickelson hit the Ping-Pong table with Zach Johnson.
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U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera played with teammate Trevor Immelman on Tuesday.
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