The practice round groups may give us some insight into Captain Pavin’s pairings strategies.
• Group 1: Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods.
• Group 2: Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Jeff Overton.
• Group 3: Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson.
• Group 1: Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson.
• Group 2: Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker.
• Group 3: Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink.
I think Tiger Woods – Steve Stricker is a done deal. They were 4-0 at the President’s Cup. Last time around, Paul Azinger paired Phil with rookie Anthony Kim and that worked well, so we probably will see Phil paired with another young guy. Rickie Fowler? Dustin Johnson? I actually like the thought of Phil-Dustin, but speculation on the net is that it’ll be Phil-Rickie.
We shall see …