Dream Day, Spieth match-up at Presidents Cup can wait

INCHEON CITY , SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 07: Jason Day of the International team watches a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of The Presidents Cup at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on October 7, 2015 in Incheon City, South Korea. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
INCHEON CITY , SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 07: Jason Day of the International team watches a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of The Presidents Cup at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on October 7, 2015 in Incheon City, South Korea. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Scott Halleran

INTERNATIONALS captain Nick Price has denied fans the dream match-up between Jason Day and Jordan Spieth in the opening round of the Presidents Cup in South Korea.

The pair, who swapped world No.1 rankings twice late in the PGA Tour season that finished with last month's Tour Championship in Atlanta, will play in today's foursomes at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Incheon City, but not against each other.

"I'm not going to put match-ups just because of what the media wants, okay? And, what the world wants," Price said.

"I'm going to put match-ups there that I feel is best for our team. That's the most important thing."

Despite the comments, US captain Jay Haas said he wouldn't rule out a clash between the two superstars at some point of the tournament, perhaps in Sunday's singles.

"I'm sure it will happen in the next two days and maybe on Sunday," Haas added. "But there is no agreement with Nick."

Price has teamed Day with fellow Queenslander Steven Bowditch, the pair to take on Phil Mickelson and British Open champion Zach Johnson.

Spieth will play with world No.8 Dustin Johnson on day one against New Zealander Danny Lee, who was born in South Korea, and Australia's Marc Leishman.

Haas jokingly said the selection was based simply on what Spieth wanted.

"They have been wanting this pairing," Haas said.
"And what Jordan wants, Jordan gets right now. So that was our thinking there."

For his part, Spieth said he wanted to play with Johnson, who three-putted on the final hole to hand him this year's US Open title, because he felt their games complemented each other perfectly in the alternate-shot format.

"He can bust it down the par-5s and then I can kind of control some shots into those greens," Spieth said.

The fourth Australian in the 12-man Internationals team, former world No.1 Adam Scott, will play with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama in the foursomes, taking on big-hitting pair Bubba Watson and JB Holmes.

The other two matches pit the Internationals' South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace against Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed, while India's Anirban Lahiri and veteran Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand take on Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

The US, which is 8-1-1 in the Presidents Cup, has not lost a session in the team matches since 2007.

Given that record it's hardly surprisingly the United States has been installed the $1.42 favourite with UBet to lift the trophy for a ninth time, with the Internationals at $3.15.

Spieth is the $7.50 favourite to finish on top of the combined points table, with Day on the next line at $9.



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