Photos for October 2, 2013

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The Jack Nicklaus plaque at Scioto Country Club.

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U.S. captain Fred Couples works with his assistant captain Davis Love III on the pairings for the Day 1 four-ball matches prior to the start of The Presidents Cup.

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Day 1 action will begin at 11:45 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

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Ernie Els says that the younger players are keeping the clubhouse loose for the International squad.

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Tiger Woods will partner with Matt Kuchar on Thursday at the Presidents Cup.

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Freshman Ashlan Ramsey (Clemson)

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Clemson's Ashlan Ramsey

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Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey reacts to making a putt

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Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey

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An outfit from Antigua's spring 2014 women's collection

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Part of Antigua's spring 2014 women's collection

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Keegan Bradley's Nike Jumpman golf shoes (top view).

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Keegan Bradley's Jumpman golf shoes.

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Adam Scott will pair with Hideki Matsuyama on Thursday at the Presidents Cup.

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Army head coach Brian Watts

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Members of the U.S. team (from left): Jay Haas, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods and Davis Love III

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Members of the International team (from left): Tony Johnstone, Angel Cabrera, Jason Day, Brendan de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Nick Price, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Hideki Matsuyama, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Richard Sterne, Mark McNulty and Shigeki Maruyama.

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Matt Kuchar, 35, 1-3-1, Sea Island, Ga.: Happy-go-lucky sort of guy who just keeps racking up top 10s year after year with a game that has no big weaknesses. Went 1-3-1 in Australia in 2011 but is 2-0-2 in Ryder four-ball. Not the best driver but knows how to score.

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Fred Couples, captain

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Brandt Snedeker, 32, rookie, Nashville, Tenn. Went 1-2-0 at last year’s Ryder. Has the ability to tear an opponent’s heart out with his putting. Despite rib injury after hot start to season, he co-led Tour with nine top 10s, including two victories.

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Hunter Mahan, 31, 8-5-1, Colleyville, Texas: Not many players hit the ball better than Mahan. You want him driving the ball (eighth total driving). Putting has improved. Comfortable on big stage now. Played in final group at summer’s two major Opens though fell back.

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Bill Haas, 31, 1-3-1, Greenville, S.C.: Didn’t fair well at 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia, but the AT&T National champ (apparently quietly) has amassed nine Tour top 10s this year, tied for most. Strength is GIR, good for foursomes. Great golf bloodline.

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Webb Simpson, 28, 3-2-0, Charlotte, N.C.: The 2012 U.S. Open champion overcame a tweaked neck and showed his top stuff at Tour Championship. Teamed well with Bubba Watson in Australia. Went 2-0 in Ryder four-ball last year. All-around solid game.

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Zach Johnson, 37, 4-5-0, St. Simons Island, Ga.: His season picked up serious steam down stretch, when he won BMW and had six other top 10s after July 4. A control player who putts very well, he’s perfect for foursomes.

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Tiger Woods, 37, 20-14-1, Jupiter, Fla.: Golf’s No. 1 player for years, Woods hasn’t been at his best in team events. Curiously, he’s 13-17-3 in Ryder. But his game is lethal again, with five Tour victories this year. He and Stricker were tough team to beat till last year’s Ryder. Driver only club in bag he doesn’t have dialed in.

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Steve Stricker, 46, 11-8-0, Madison, Wis.: Stricker said after a poor 2012 Ryder that his cup days might be over. But then he had a brilliant 2013, with eight top 10s in 13 starts, including going 2-4-2 in the last three FedEx playoff events. Golf’s best part-time player. He’ll be fresh.

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Phil Mickelson, 43, 18-14-10, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.: The guy’s in the Hall of Fame because he knows how to win (even in links golf now) and is a short-game magician. Perfect for this format because he likes to take a kid under his wing and mentor. Don’t be surprised if he pairs with Jordan Spieth.

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Keegan Bradley, 27, rookie, Jupiter, Fla.: Yes, he’s ultra-fidgety and looks like he makes coffee nervous. Looks like someone about to start a race on the playground. But he went 3-0 with Mickelson as a Ryder Cup rookie last year. He attacks as a long, straight driver.

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Jordan Spieth, 20, rookie, Dallas: As he showed in FedEx Cup playoffs, the kid can make birdies in bunches. Unafraid, he thrives on big stages and delivers wow moments. He not only showed he deserves to be on the U.S. team, he is one of its top guns.

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Jason Dufner, 36, rookie, Auburn, Ala.: If he were more laid back, he’d be asleep. Turned around subpar season with ballstriking clinic in winning PGA Championship. Not nervous on big stage (3-1 at Ryder). Not nervous anywhere, not even when he’s Dufnering.

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Author Tom Clancy died at 66 in Baltimore.

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Adam Scott, 33, 10-13-2, Australia: After years of deferring to Els, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen, the quiet Aussie could be the team leader. Brilliant ball-striker won the Masters and is playing with enormous confidence. He has a decent record at Muirfield Village.

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Louis Oosthuizen, 30, rookie, South Africa: Might have best swing in golf, but his health (neck, back, hip) is another matter. Was sidelined from Open Championship till the recent Dunhill Links, so the 2010 Open champion has to be considered a question mark.

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Marc Leishman, 29, rookie, Australia: For a while, it looked as though he would be the first Aussie to win the Masters, but he bogeyed No. 15 at Augusta and couldn’t rally. Has decent spurts, but consistency has been a problem, a result of suspect ballstriking.

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Nick Price, captain

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Richard Sterne, 32, rookie, South Africa: Came along before Oosthuizen and Schwartzel and had great promise before he was slowed for several years by back pain. Rejuvenated, he won the Joburg Open by seven over Schwartzel last February. Can be very hard on himself.

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Jason Day, 25, 1-3-1, Australia: Played poorly in the 2011 Presidents Cup in his homeland; hoping for better results in his adopted home, Ohio. Aggressive and talented, he has three seconds, a third and an eighth in majors since 2011.

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Hideki Matsuyama, 21, rookie, Japan: Jordan Spieth has made it easy to lose track of this story. In six PGA Tour starts since turning pro in April, Matsuyama finished no worse than T-21, including T-10 at U.S. Open and T-6 at the Open Championship. He also has won four times in on the Japan Golf Tour, including three this year.

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Graham DeLaet, 31, rookie, Canada: Breakthrough season (seven top 10s) for the hard-hitting feel player who finished first in total driving, first in ball-striking, third in GIR, and eighth in the FedEx Cup standings. Still a bit unheralded to fans – and even some teammates.

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Ernie Els, 43, 17-16-2, South Africa: Hall of Famer with success at every turn, save for this event. Bitterly disappointed at being on losing side so often, he takes it to heart. A victory and six top 10s in 20 starts at Muirfield Village, so he knows the course.

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Charl Schwartzel, 29, 3-1-1, South Africa: When he’s on, he’s very, very good. But confounding how quickly he can turn off. Tied for eighth at The Memorial at Muirfield Village in June. Would seem to be ideal partner with friend and countryman Oosthuizen.

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Brendon de Jonge, 33, rookie, Zimbabwe: Named a captain’s pick by countryman Nick Price, he is winless in 178 career starts on the PGA Tour, though he’s seemingly ready to kick down the door. Made 25 of 30 cuts in 2013, and he hits a lot of greens.

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Branden Grace, 25, rookie, South Africa: Amid snippets of promise, he hasn’t fared well on U.S. soil this year – a whopping 59-over in 30 stroke-play rounds. His success and world ranking come from European Tour, where he won four times in 2012.

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Angel Cabrera, 44, 4-6-3, Argentina: Fearless, loves to hit driver, and seems to play his best in the big stages – hence his two major titles and his loss to Adam Scott in a Masters playoff this year. Well respected by his peers.

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Jason Dufner dances in on Matt Kuchar's Google+ Hangout Tuesday at the Presidents Cup.

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A Presidents Cup flagstick is seen on the 18th green prior to the start of the event at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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