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THAT’S MR. COUPLES, TO YOU: Couples, the U.S. captain, said he was approached by a younger man during a practice round on Tuesday.

“I met (Jordan Spieth‘s) father, who is probably eight years younger than I am, which is really weird,” Couples said to loud laughter. “I wasn’t expecting that, but he came up and said, `I’m Jordan’s father.’ I looked and thought he was 30 years old.”

Asked if Mr. Spieth addressed him as Mr. Couples, he cracked, “No, he didn’t, actually, but I told him to from now on.”

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CHANGE IN SCHEDULE: International captain Nick Price believes that the way teams are chosen and other factors favor the United States. Maybe that’s why the Americans are 7-1-1 in Presidents Cup play.

One area where Price was able to get the rules changed was the schedule. Play on Thursday will get under way with four-ball, or as it is commonly known, better-ball competition.

Traditionally, the first day was devoted to foursomes or alternate-shot play.

In four-ball, the low score for each pairing counts within the group. For example, if Ernie Els has a birdie at the fifth hole while paired with Brendon de Jonge in their match with Stricker and Spieth, and the Americans each par it, the Internationals win the hole.

“When Ernie and I went to see (PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem) last year, just to talk about it, that was one of the concessions that he made,” Price said. “Both Ernie and I felt it was very important just to change it from the hardest format (foursomes) to the better-ball. That was a positive move for us.”

The International side has seven first-time participants in the Presidents Cup. Since foursomes is a format that none of those rookies has played before in international competition, Price believed it was advantageous to push that new experience back a day.

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OTHER KEY HOLES: While many might be watching to see if someone goes for the green at the par-4 14th off the tee, there are several other decisions that will need to be made by players.

Snedeker takes us on a quick tour of the course and the choices made during the better-ball competition.

“Obviously, I think the par-5 fifth will be an important one on aggressive, you want to be there. If you’re both in the fairway, who’s going to go and who’s going to lay up?” he said. “(The par-5) No. 11 will be a decision off the tee. If you want to be aggressive and hit driver and try to get down there and knock it on in two or lay back and play it as a three-shot hole. It depends on what your partner does, how you play that hole. And then 14 will be the only other one I could see being an issue.”

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