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A quick look at the players competing in this year's Presidents Cup:

UNITED STATES

Captain: Fred Couples

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U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples.

Tiger Woods

Age: 33

PC record: 13-11-1

Comment: Better in stroke play, but more consistent at high level than ever.

Phil Mickelson

Age: 39

PC record: 11-13-9

Comment: Depends where head is; contended once since wife diagnosed with breast cancer in May.

Steve Stricker

Age: 42

PC record: 5-5-0

Comment: Fantastic putter; one of two Tour players with more than two wins this year.

Kenny Perry

Age: 49

PC record: 7-6-0

Comment: Great driver has slowed some; no top 10s since Travelers win in late June.

Zach Johnson

Age: 33

PC record: 2-2-0

Comment: Accurate driver, great putter – perfect for match play; never out of a hole.

Stewart Cink

Age: 36

PC record: 8-4-1

Comment: Affable British Open champion an ideal partner in either format.

Sean O’Hair

Age: 27

PC record: Rookie

Comment: Up-and-coming star; Woods has told friends he’d like to pair with him.

Jim Furyk

Age: 39

PC record: 13-8-2

Comment: Grinder who never gives anything away; top 10 in nearly half his starts this year.

Anthony Kim

Age: 24

PC record: Rookie

Comment: Slowed since hot July but has major talent, fire to be U.S. star if he’s focused.

Justin Leonard

Age: 37

PC record: 6-10-2

Comment: Not better than fifth all year, but stays in holes with straight driving, putting.

Lucas Glover*

Age: 29

PC record: 2-3-0

Comment: Won U.S. Open, fifth at PGA; showed he’s not afraid of heat on big stage.

Hunter Mahan*

Age: 27

PC record: 2-3-0

Comment: Birdie maker with no weaknesses in game; confidence finally matches talent.

* captain’s pick


INTERNATIONAL

Captain: Greg Norman

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International Presidents Cup captain Greg Norman.

Geoff Ogilvy

Age: 32

PC record: 2-3-0

Comment: Match-play aficionado; it’s his time to step into role of team leader.

Vijay Singh

Age: 46

PC record: 14-15-6

Comment: Winless this year, but hasn’t missed a session since this competition began. A shock, huh?

Camilo Villegas

Age: 27

PC record: Rookie

Comment: Impressive week could make amends for a pedestrian season.

Retief Goosen

Age: 40

PC record: 11-7-2

Comment: Neither a valedictorian nor stand-up comic; just a terrific teammate.

Ernie Els

Age: 39

PC record: 13-10-2

Comment: Team’s spiritual leader, but has anyone seen his putting stroke?

Angel Cabrera

Age: 40

PC record: 3-3-3

Comment: An underrated talent with ferocious power and an intimidating presence.

Mike Weir

Age: 39

PC record: 11-7-1

Comment: In hockey terms, he can skate both wings and play defense, too.

Robert Allenby

Age: 38

PC record: 6-11-2

Comment: Terrific ballstriker whose toughest opponent is always himself.

Y.E. Yang

Age: 37

PC record: Rookie

Comment: Any chance Vijay will talk him into wearing “Tiger Who?” hat to first tee?

Tim Clark

Age: 33

PC record: 4-5-1

Comment: Top 15 six times in his first 10 events, none in last nine.

Adam Scott*

Age: 29

PC record: 7-6-2

Comment: Ultimate wild card who belongs on talent, not on merit. Pressure’s on.

Ryo Ishikawa*

Age: 18

PC record: Rookie

Comment: He’ll bring the media and maybe some youthful enthusiasm, too.

* captain’s pick

–Compiled by Jeff Rude and Jim McCabe

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