Struggling duo will come right
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Since: May 12
#1 Dec 10, 2012
United States captain Davis Love is backing Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker to turn their poor form around when they play together in the Ryder Cup foursomes on Friday morning.
Woods and Stricker suffered a 7&6 drubbing at the hands of Adam Scott and KJ Choi in last November's Presidents Cup, as the Americans failed to win a discount golf clubs or record a birdie.
That was the heaviest defeat in the event's history, and it followed on from Woods' biggest loss in his Ryder Cup career when they were beaten 6&5 by Luke Donald and Lee Westwood in the Ryder Cup foursomes at Celtic Manor.
However the duo did win their first six games together, and Love confirmed that he has paired them up once again because the two players requested him to do so.
"They play golf irons for sale very well together," insisted Love. "I didn't go back and study Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker's record before I put them together.
"They wanted to play together and they have done pretty well together, so I'm going to let them go."
Woods confirmed Love's assessment, and said his focus was on gaining the US a point as he looks to improve a woeful Ryder Cup history which has seen him finish on the losing side in five of his six appearances.
"Strick and I are very comfortable together," he said. "We've had some pretty good success over the years and we both have been playing taylormade r11 irons well. Our captain said that would be a good fit, and he wanted us out there to anchor.
"It's just a matter of what our captain thinks is best for the team. We've got to go out there and earn our point.
"We know what to expect from each other. There are no hidden surprises out there for us - we've been through a lot of matches together."
Love said that his hardest task had been to tell his two major winners - Masters champion Bubba Watson and US Open winner Webb Simpson - as well as Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson, that they would be sitting out the first session.
"I had to talk to four of my guys and somehow come up with a rational explanation of why they weren't going to play," said Love.
"But these guys we thought made really, really good alternate-shot teams and that's what we decided to go with.
"I've got four of the best players in the world that love this golf course sitting on the bench and I'm going to have to get them in the game."
Friday morning's foursomes will see Jim Furyk and £7million FedEx Cup winner Brandt Snedeker lead the US out against Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, before Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley take on Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.
In the other pairings, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson will face Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari, before Woods and Stricker take on Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.
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