Presidents Cup: Tiger Woods not planning to get aggressive at Muirfield Village

Last Updated: 02/10/13 3:39pm

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Fred Couples and Tiger Woods talk tactics during practice

Fred Couples and Tiger Woods talk tactics during practice

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Tiger Woods believes curbing aggression will be the key to taming Muirfield Village in this week's President's Cup.

The United States, captained by Fred Couples, take on Nick Price's team of Internationals at the famous Jack Nicklaus design in Ohio looking for their eighth victory in 10 editions of the tournament.

Woods is likely to play alongside Ryder Cup team-mate Steve Stricker, while Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar have also been touted as partners for the world No 1 for the foursomes and fourballs over the first three days.

"I have played on these teams for so long now that I have had all kinds of partners," said Woods, who won only half a point from four matches in last year's thrilling Ryder Cup at Medinah.

"It's a matter of trying to gel that particular week. Sometimes we do. Sometimes we don't. The idea is go out there and play, and it would be fun to win it in front of the home fans.

"You can get overly aggressive here. Jack's courses are designed that way. You have to be very precise to get to the greens.

"They are softer and not as fast as we all thought. They are very receptive. If it stays like this there will be a lot of birdies."

Woods added that the alternate-shot foursomes was difficult to get to grips with as players can realistically go several holes without needing to putt, while accuracy can be a problem when using an unfamiliar golf ball.

"You see a lot of guys practicing with the other ball to get a feel for it," Woods said. "You have got to be prepared for sometimes three different golf balls."

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