Presidents Cup: Key facts and figures

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MELBOURNE — Facts and figures for the ninth Presidents Cup matches:

Teams: United States against an International team of players from everywhere but Europe.

Dates: Nov. 17-20.

Venue: Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Length: 6,998 yards.

Par: 71.

Points needed to win: 17½

Captains: Fred Couples (U.S.) and Greg Norman (International)

Defending champion: United States

Series: United States leads, 6-1-1

Last time: The Americans never lost a session and won, 19½-14½, at Harding Park in San Francisco. Tiger Woods became only the third player in the Presidents Cup to win all five of his matches, while Woods and Steve Stricker became the first partnership in 30 years of any team competition to go 4-0.

Last time at Royal Melbourne: It was the first time the Presidents Cup was held outside the United States, and the International team rallied behind the Australian crowd for a 20½-11½ win, the worst loss by an American team in Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup history. It was such a blowout that Nick Price clinched the cup by beating David Duval in the second of 12 singles matches.

International team: Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddely, K.J. Choi, Jason Day, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Ryo Ishikawa, K.T. Kim, Geoff Ogilvy, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Y.E. Yang.

U.S. team: Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods.

Tale of the tape: The American team has a record six Presidents Cup rookies. The International team has seven players who failed to win a tournament this year.

Key statistic: The Americans have never won when the Presidents Cup has been held outside North America.

Notable: The Presidents Cup does not have the No. 1 player for the first time since it began in 1994.

Quotable: "We don't want to get to where the Ryder Cup is, but we need to have a bit more needle in it. And with all those outside influences going on, there's going to be a bit of needle." — Ernie Els.

Television (all times EST): Wednesday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Golf Channel. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Golf Channel. Friday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Golf Channel. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Golf Channel. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. (replay), NBC Sports.

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