The pairings were set on Wednesday afternoon for the Thursday foursomes. Tiger Woods will play with Steve Stricker for the U.S. Team, against Ryo Ishikawa and Geoff Ogilvy.
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Teen phenom Ryo Ishikawa, posing here with President Clinton and Geoff Ogilvy, was Norman's other surprising pick.
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Woods's record in the international team match-play events the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup isn't as stellar as the rest of his resume.
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Woods seems to be enjoying the atmosphere at Harding Park. "We have so much fun in the team room hanging out and getting to know everyone's family, and you become one big team. I think that's what is just so much fun about it."
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Norman has been criticized for his pick of struggling fellow-Australian Adam Scott, but continued to back up his decision. "When you look at Adam in totality, not only his playability, but his compatibility with the other players, he's a great team member," he said. "If you ever get to see him connect with the players, like Fred says, in our team rooms, it's just phenomenal."
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"He knows a lot about sports and he's talking a lot about sports," Couples said. "His role is, we all respect him."
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Jordan's role this week is to have fun with the guys, said Couples. "That's it. He's certainly not telling them how to hit a chip shot. That I can promise you."
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The U.S. Team, which has Michael Jordan as an assistant captain, also posed with Clinton.
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The International team posed for pictures with former President Bill Clinton.
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Couples and Greg Norman, the captains, at Harding Park on Tuesday. "Thursday can't get here quick enough for me," Couples said.
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Captain Fred Couples paired Phil Mickelson with Anthony Kim, who he played well with at the 2008 Ryder Cup.
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The jerseys had player names on the back.
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"A lot of the guys are looking forward to getting to know [Jordan]," Woods said of having his close friend around at Harding Park. "Geez, he's one of the probably him and Muhammad Ali are two of the greatest athletes that have ever lived, so it'll be fun for our entire team to hang out with him."
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The U.S. caddies, including Jim Furyk's caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan, wore San Francisco Giants jerseys on Wednesday.
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International team members Vijay Singh and Robert Allenby will face 2009 major winners Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink.
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"It's a dream come true to be in this event, but I'm nervous at the same time," Ishikawa said Tuesday.
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