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Showdown on the cards?

other Updated: Nov 16, 2011 23:04 IST

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Presidents Cup team captains Greg Norman and Fred Couples have ensured Thursday’s opening foursomes matches will have additional spice by pairing Tiger Woods against Australia’s Adam Scott and the American’s former caddy Steve Williams.

Williams, who now carries Scott’s bag after Woods fired him in July ending a partnership that had started in 1999, sparked a global controversy in the leadup to the biennial tournament by making a racist remark about Woods in China earlier this month. Scott had said he would be prepared to take on Woods regardless of any tension in the match-up.

Capping off days of speculation, US captain Couples called Hunter Mahan and David Toms for the second-last match against Kim Kyung-Tae and YE Yang, leaving Scott and South Korean team mate KJ Choi to play against Woods and Stricker.

Both he and Internationals captain Norman denied the match-up was premeditated but their comments appeared to contradict the claim.

Woods and Scott dodged questions about the elephant in the room.