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Despite being the standout on the opening two days and his team being under the gun in terms of being behind heading into Saturday afternoon’s foursomes, Tiger Woods has made a perhaps controversial decision to stand out in the match-ups this afternoon.

The Americans trail by 9 points to 5 and have a big task this afternoon if they are to get back within striking distance ahead of tomorrow’s singles

Woods, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and Bryson De Chambeau are the four Americans to sit out the final match before tomorrow’s singles but it was Woods’s decision that caused a stir.

A question as to whether Woods was injured was answered with a prompt ‘no’ by Woods, the USA Captain suggesting it was in the best interests of the team.

“You have to do what’s best for the team, and I’m getting ready for the singles tomorrow,” said Woods.

He was asked whether his assistant captains had tried to talk him out of it and responded. “I tried to talk myself out of it, too but you know, it is what it is, and we’re going to go out there and try and get some points today and be ready for tomorrow.”

The explanation was hard to fathom given the precarious position his team is now in as it heads into the afternoon foursomes and perhaps highlights the conflict of interests that comes with being a player/captain.

Adam Scott was in the last group out in this morning’s matches and will be first out in the afternoon when he again teams with Louis Oosthuizen as he did in his victory in yesterday’s foursomes.

Captain Els said he was determined he wanted to follow a formula when explaining the decision.

“It’s our strategy. The way they (the Americans) put their pairing out, we felt that that was the best pairing to play the American side. I just spoke with the official and he said he’s going to have enough time to get ready for this afternoon, so he can have lunch and relax for 40 minutes.”

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