With playing future uncertain, Woods relishes Presidents Cup role

With playing future uncertain, Woods relishes Presidents Cup role

This is my first one - especially at a place like Liberty National where I can only expect the crowds to be pretty out of control.

During Tuesday's practice rounds, the US team wore bright red-and-white striped shirts paired with navy blue trousers and a dealer's choice of star-spangled footgear, but in regard to the protests the players spoke softly and cautiously, which was a statement in itself. And for good reason.

The Presidents Cup has never quite roused the passion of golf's Ryder Cup, but Rickie Fowler thinks this might change when the biennial event between USA and worldwide teams hits the Big Apple this week.

It's a remarkable, unmatched feat.

For someone like PGA champion Justin Thomas, playing in his first one, that can be hard to fathom.

The stars of the USA team preparing to compete in this week's Presidents Cup have made it clear they will be respecting the national anthem by standing with hands on hearts.

"It's insane, it is", Thomas continued.

Now 37, Scott is the veteran for the Internationals at Liberty National this week, as soft-spoken and polite as ever, but now a leader whose words carry weight in the team room.

"I'm hoping I can redeem myself this week".

The 25-year-old Japanese star is the highest-ranked player on the worldwide team at number three in the world.

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If they can manage to keep the momentum they gained in the run game last week, this game could turn out to be a real barn burner. On Sunday , two national anthem singers - one in Detroit and one in Tennessee - chose to take a knee during their performances.

Jack Nicklaus believes the Presidents Cup is close to gaining the level of prestige afforded to the Ryder Cup.

Spieth, who celebrated his 24th birthday in July, may have a chance.

The first five of 30 points available at the Presidents Cup are up for grabs on Thursday during the foursomes session. Silent protest during the national anthem, such as taking a knee or linking arms, have been a hot topic in the sports world of the past week. You've got to have big strong legs and a strong core. "A record like that may never be touched".

He played a similar role at the Ryder Cup past year.

I changed trainers this year, and it's definitely been making a difference. He has played in every Ryder Cup since 1995.

Who knows how much longer the streak will last? Phil Mickelson is a captain's pick and didn't play last week.

While Price acknowledged the wisdom of pairing rookies with more experienced players - as with Vegas and Scott - he said Kim and Grillo just clicked in their practice rounds. But he thinks it may one day be broken.

"Do I necessarily think it's the right time to do it? No".

Hours later, their counterparts back in the U.S. followed suit as players throughout the National Football League sat or knelt before kickoff. "But right now, it's something that I'm really proud of".