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Tiger Woods not worried by Presidents Cup pairings

Tiger Woods, with a new caddie on his bag for next week's Presidents Cup, does not mind who he partners in the biennial showdown between the United States and the Internationals.

The world number one likes the idea of playing with either Fred Couples or Jim Furyk but his overriding aim is to win all five of his matches.

The sixth edition of the Presidents Cup, which pits a U.S. team against a line-up of international players from nations outside Europe, will be played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Lake Manassas, Virginia from September 22-25.

"I haven't talked to (U.S. team captain) Jack Nicklaus about who I might be paired with," Woods, 29, said in his monthly newsletter.

"I just want to win five points; whatever it takes to win five points.

"I played with Fred Couples in Australia (at the 1998 Cup) and we went 1-1. We lost a match one down when Craig Parry chipped in from way left of the green. I get along great with Freddie and that would be fun.

"And I really would like to play with Jim Furyk. I've never played with Jim. He and I have been on every team together (including the Ryder Cup) since 1997 and have never played together."

U.S. Masters and British Open champion Woods has been paired with five different players in three Presidents Cups since he made his debut in Melbourne, Australia in 1998.

Acknowledged as the best golfer since Jack Nicklaus, the 10-times major winner has not yet matched his individual success in the arena of team competition.

If he is to buck that trend next week, he will do so with a new caddie as his regular bagman, Steve Williams, is back in his native New Zealand for the birth of his first child.

"I'm going to use Billy Foster, who I've known for a long time," said Woods. "He caddied for Darren Clarke for a while and caddied for Seve Ballesteros for a number of years.

"I really know him through Darren. Darren and I used to play a lot of practice rounds together and I got to know Billy over the years.

"He's a great caddie, works awfully hard, and I've always gotten along well with him. It will be a fun week."

The U.S. won three of the first five Presidents Cups, including a 21-1/2 to 10-1/2 victory in 2000, the last time the event was held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

The International team were victorious in 1998 when the competition was held at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The last match, played in South Africa in 2003, ended in a tie.


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