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Woods nearly made it through his entire interview Tuesday at the Presidents Cup before he was asked about the prospects of playing Adam Scott and ex-caddie Steve Williams, who caused such a stir over a racial comment he made to disparage Woods two weeks ago.
Would it not be better to face him early and get it out of the way?
“It’s already done,” Woods said. “I addressed it last week and I said life goes forward, not backward.”
He is ready to put behind a summer of injuries, especially after such a promising showing last week in the Australian Open when he was twice within one shot of the lead on the back nine and finished third, two shots behind, his best result against a full field in two years.
It took a dozen years and 16 partners in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup until Woods found what appeared to be the perfect partner. Two years ago at Harding Park, they became the first tandem to win all four team matches in the Presidents Cup, and the first to go 4-0 in any cup in 30 years.
They won two out of three matches at the Ryder Cup last year.
But there were growing indications that U.S. captain Fred Couples might break them up for some matches when the Presidents Cup gets under way at Royal Melbourne.
“Hopefully, we’ll get put out there together,” Woods said. “I know that we feel very comfortable with one another and we were talking about it today. There’s a certain comfort level about each other’s games.”
He added, however, that the pairings for the week have not been decided.
“A lot of pairings have not been set in stone,” Woods said.
Woods was excited the way Stricker hit the ball in a practice round Tuesday, particularly because Stricker last competed Sept. 25 at the Tour Championship while dealing with a neck injury that weakened his left arm. The turf is firm at Royal Melbourne, yet Stricker never flinched when he had to go after a shot.
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