The pairing of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker that cut a swathe through the Internationals team at the 2009 Presidents Cup could again be set to terrorise the hosts at Royal Melbourne this week, if Woods has his way.
The American pair combined to win all four of their matches in a tournament first to carry their team to an emphatic victory at San Francisco two years ago. Team captain Fred Couples could be tempted to re-unite them for a tilt at a fourth successive American victory.
World No 5 Stricker on Monday declared himself fit after a lenghty layoff with a neck injury and Woods was thrilled to see him in full swing during Tuesday's first official practice.
"There's a certain comfort level about each other's games, and we know each other's games for the years that we have been on these Cups," Woods said.
He was a part of the only losing U.S. team at Royal Melbourne in 1998 but has prospered on these courses where he won his last tournament at the 2009 Australian Masters.
Himmat hopes to build on form
Johor Bahru: Himmat Rai, coming from his biggest payday in professional golf, returns to the Iskandar Johor Open, an event where he pushed K.J. Choi to the brink in 2009 before settling for tied third.
Himmat now returns as a winner on the Asian tour following his triumph at this year's ISPS Handa Singapore Classic in September. "I'm extremely focussed on the preparations to play well here again. It has been a solid season for me so far but I'm still committed at pushing the bar in every aspect of my game," said Rai.
SSP Chowrasia, Shiv Kapur and Jyoti Randhawa will hope to revive their fortunes at Johor. Other Indians playing are Gaurav Ghei, Manav Jaini, Sujjan Singh and Digvijay Singh.
Sub-par card gives nalini lead
Panchkula: Nalini Singh Siwach overcame a last-hole bogey to bring in the day's only sub-par card that gave her a handy lead at the end of the eighth leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour here Tuesday.
Nalini (72) moved to the top at 147 and behind her were Sharmila Nicollet (77) and Saaniya Sharma (78) at 150 and 151.
One-shot lead for vani
Noida: Vani Kapoor seemed off-colour with a round of three-over 75, but still managed to grab the opening day's lead in the Usha Northern India Ladies Golf at the Noida Golf Club. One shot behind her were Gurbani Singh and Gursimer Badwal.
Shubhankar shoots 69, in lead
Kolkata: Shubhankar Sharma carded the only sub-par round of the day with a one-under 69 to take the lead in the Toyota Etios Eastern India Junior golf meet. He was two clear of Abhishek Kuhar (71) in Category A, while Rahul Ravi, Sudipta Das and Sayed Saqib Ahmed were all tied at third at 72.