U.S. captain Steve Stricker says team won't stage silent protest

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They checked the nameplates in front of each seat to ensure they were lined up correctly, and the microphones were turned on.

While 2019 at Royal Melbourne in Australia could be ripe for an upset, this year's team could make some noise, too.

It will take either side 15.5 points to take out the Presidents Cup this week but those won on Thursday may be the most important of all in the context of the contest. The team of 12 American players will take to the course just across the river from New York City, but dont expect them to kneel whilst the anthem is played.

While the length of his shadow should decrease once a meaningful shot is struck, the impact of Woods' presence is unmistakable.

To put it into perspective, current team member Si Woo Kim was just 3-years old at the time of the 1998 victory - the only triumph by the worldwide team in the Cup's history.

But there was one more question that snuck in under the wire.

According to Woods, those 60-yard shots are going well - "I'm hitting it really straight", Woods laughed.

Woods has not played since an abortive return ended in February this year after a birdie-less first round in the Dubai Desert Classic. Five days later, however, he was arrested on a DUI charge when Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a running vehicle that was parked awkwardly on the side of the road with a blinker flashing.

"I think there's a remarkably cool aspect to it, to have three former presidents standing on the first tee tomorrow to kick off the Presidents Cup", Monahan said, adding that he'd be "excited" to have Trump attend as well.

Earlier this year he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle by police and shocking dashcam footage showed him barely able to walk and slurring his words. This is a big one.

This week offers Woods a coveted glimpse of normalcy. It's back to "Stricks" and "Pricey" and ping pong matches in the team room, even if only for a few days.

"I enjoy stiff competition".

But I think President Trump is right. He remains limited to 60-yard shots and work around the greens, with many physical hurdles still left to cross before he can even assess his competitive options.

Gros' comments are echoed by two-time European Tour victor, Christian Cevaer, who now works as a golf analyst for French TV channel Golf+ - a pay-to-view channel much like Sky Sports that will host coverage of next year's match.

Some of that attraction is naturally centred on their squad of 12 which feature the No.1 ranked player in the world, the FedEx Cup champion and three of the four major champions from 2017.

"We've had that discussion already", said USA captain Steve Stricker. Scott has never played on a winning team despite debuting as far back as 2003, while Leishman beat Jordan Spieth in singles in Korea at the last event, a portent of what was to come for him, making a two-metre putt at the last to win. This week at the Presidents Cup, Stricker is the captain and has Furyk, Woods, Love and Fred Couples along to assist. So while Tiger was just supposed to be one-eighth of a press conference about this worldwide match play event, it quickly turned into a Q&A with the assistant captain on the far right end of the dais. And if he does get to that stage, could Woods return to being the best golfer on the planet, like he was in his 20s?

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