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Woods to face Canadian star Weir at Royal Montreal

MONTREAL (AP) — Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player needed only four words and about two seconds to set the marquee Sunday singles match in the Presidents Cup.

Nicklaus made the first move Saturday night, immediately calling out "Tiger Woods" with the U.S. selection for the fourth match. Player replied "Mike Weir" just as fast.

"What a feather in his cap it would be for him if he could beat Tiger," Player said. "Tiger is a phenomenal player as we know. Mike Weir has nothing to lose. It would be a phenomenal day in his career if he could beat Tiger."

Nicklaus left it up to Woods.

"I said, 'Tiger, I don't want to put it on your back, but what do you want to do? Do you want to play Mike or not?'

"He says, 'Cap, I'll play whoever you want to give me.'

"I said, "You don't mind playing Mike?'

"He said, 'No. If this is what you want to do and you think it will be good for the matches, I'm all for it.'

"I give Tiger credit. He had the choice to do it or duck it. And he did not duck it."

Woods is used to facing stars in their home countries. In 1998 at Royal Melbourne, he beat Greg Norman 1-up. The American then beat Ernie Els 4 and 3 in 2003 at Fancourt.

"I think it will be a fun match," Woods said. "We're great friends, have been for years, and I think we're really looking forward to it."

Weir is 2-1 in Presidents Cup singles. He beat Phil Mickelson 4 and 3 in 2000, lost 3 and 1 to Jim Furyk in 2003 and beat Scott Verplank 3 and 2 in 2005.

"It's going to be loud," Weir said. "Hopefully, I can give them a lot to cheer about. I've been able to do it so far through three days, but tomorrow, obviously, anybody who plays with Tiger has got their hands full. But I'm playing well and I feel like if I can keep it up, it's going to be a great match."

Woods and Weir were paired together in the final round of the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah. Woods shot a 72 to win, while Weir closed with an 80.

Mickelson and Furyk also drew interesting matchups.

After Player put Vijay Singh on the board for the third match, Nicklaus countered with Mickelson. There wasn't any drama left when Furyk ended up with Retief Goosen in the last of the 12 matches. With the United States needing only three points to win, the overall result should be long decided by then, too.

Els and fellow South African Rory Sabbatini will play in the first two matches, with Sabbatini getting Verplank in the opener and Els drawing Lucas Glover.

Entertaining American player Woody Austin will face U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera in the fifth match, followed by Masters champion Zach Johnson and Australia's Adam Scott; David Toms and South Africa's Trevor Immelman; Stewart Cink and Australia's Nick O'Hern; Steve Stricker and Australia's Geoff Ogilvy; Hunter Mahan and South Korea's K.J. Choi; and Charles Howell III and Australia's Stuart Appleby.

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