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MONIQUE DOES MONTREAL: Hunter Mahan is single, making him the only American player without a female companion. The U.S. wives made sure he wasn't alone.

During a quick shopping spree - likely the idea of notorious prankster Barbara Nicklaus - they bought the 25-year-old Mahan a doll they named "Monique."

"She came up on the elevator," Scott Verplank said. "They had Hunter come down to see if it was OK if this woman came up to the room. So the doll came up. He didn't take that too good, I don't think."

During one team function, the wives placed Monique in a chair at the table. And the ribbing continued on the bus ride to Royal Montreal, with everyone asking Mahan what happened to Monique.

"We haven't seen her," captain Jack Nicklaus said. "I think they had a fight last night."


GOOD ON PAPER: One reason the Americans love playing for captain Jack Nicklaus is he lets them pick with whom they want to play. Nicklaus asked them to write down their preferred partners on a sheet of paper, and he did his best to accommodate them.

Not every player got every partner he requested, including Tiger Woods.

Standing on the 18th green after the Saturday morning foursomes, Nicklaus pulled out the master list.

Woods had said he listed three players, and they turned out to be Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and David Toms. So it was strange to see him get paired with Charles Howell III in the first session, a 3-and-1 victory.

"Charles wasn't on his list, but they played together in South Africa and I asked Tiger he would like to play with him," Nicklaus said. "And he said, 'Absolutely."'

Nicklaus wanted to give Woods his other wish - Stricker - but Stricker was going great with Mahan.

"Other than that, I didn't put anyone together who wasn't on anyone's list," Nicklaus said.

Verplank might have been the only guy who got all three players he requested - well, sort of. Verplank said he asked for Stricker, Lucas Glover and Zach Johnson. Verplank won two matches with Glover, and he won his only match with Stricker.

As for Johnson?

They were partners in sitting out the Saturday afternoon fourballs.


MUSICAL CHAIRS: David Toms and Adam Scott were either very popular or were difficult to pair. They were the only two players at the Presidents Cup to play all four team matches with four partners.

Toms was paired with Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson in alternate shot, and with Woody Austin and Tiger Woods in better balls. Adam Scott went from Geoff Ogilvy to K.J. Choi to Ernie Els to Retief Goosen.

As for Woods, he has had 14 partners in the 10 times he has played in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.


DIVOTS: David Toms (3-0-1), Scott Verplank (3-0-0) and Woody Austin (1-0-3) are the only undefeated players. Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker are all 3-1-0. ... Mike Weir and Vijay Singh, teammates in two foursomes matches, lead the International team with 2-1-1 records. ... K.J. Choi is the only player who has failed to earn a point. The South Korean star is 0-3-0. ... Adam Scott (0-3-1) had not led all week until he and partner Retief Goosen won the 15th hole in the afternoon matches Saturday when Austin and Phil Mickelson made a bogey. Scott and Goosen also won the 16th, but lost the final two holes to end up with a halve. ... Woods and Charles Howell III are the only players who have yet to play the 18th hole.

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