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Tiger Woods prefers Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods prefers the Presidents Cup to the Ryder Cup, insisting there is better camaraderie and more sportsmanship.

Europe has beaten the United States in seven of the last 10 Ryder Cups, with the 2006 matches set for Sept. 22-24 in Ireland. The Presidents Cup pits the United States against an international team of players from outside Europe.

When asked if the Presidents Cup is more fun, Woods said, "without a doubt."

"We're all good friends and you see more concessions and more sportsmanship -- more good sportsmanship," he said Saturday. "And the way it's supposed to be played rather than the Ryder Cup -- how it used to be played and how it is starting to get back to."

Woods is competing at the HSBC Champions tournament and was one stroke behind leader David Howell of England entering the final round. He said the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup began with the same concept but evolved differently.

"Unfortunately, the Ryder Cup got a little sidetracked," he said, declining to mention specific instances of poor sportsmanship.

"Let's not say sportsmanship. How about gamesmanship?" he replied. But when asked if there were any examples he cared to share he not surprisingly said: "Nope."

Europe won the Ryder Cup in 2004 in Michigan by its largest margin ever, 18 1/2 -9 1/2 . The United States won the Presidents Cup two months ago, 18 1/2 -15 1/2 , when Chris DiMarco made a 15-foot birdie putt in the final match.

November 14, 2005

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