U.S. Open Rivals Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson Partner Up At Presidents Cup

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In June, Jordan Spieth, the current world No.1 golf player, won the US Open by one shot, as Dustin Johnson three-putted the 72nd hole.
This Thursday, the two rivals will play side by side in the opening session of the Presidents Cup at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.
Spieth and Johnson will play an anchor match against Danny Lee and Marc Leishman, which promises a real show for the opening session of foursomes.

“Jordan and Dustin, they have been wanting this for a while, wanting this pairing. And what Jordan wants, Jordan gets right now,” U.S. captain Jay Haas said with a smile. (via USA Today)

Spieth said Haas asked all the player for their input, when it comes to pairing, and he obligated.

“Jay reached out to pretty much everybody on the team and asked what you’re thinking, and there’s a few players that we talked about that would be really good options in alternate-shot, as well as in best-ball,” Spieth said “And we both felt like we’d be a good alternate-shot team. We felt like it sets up really nicely on this golf course specifically for odds and evens. We wanted to try it.” (via USA Today)

As for why choosing to be paired with Johnson, Spieth was very clear:

“Why DJ? Because he’s DJ,” he said. “He’s really good. He can bust it down the par-5s and then I can kind of control some shots into those greens.”

The list of initial matches:

In the opening match, Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes face Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, who were 1-2-1 as a team in the 2013 Cup. In the second match, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed face Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace. Match 3 has Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, who did not lose in four matches as a team in the 2014 Ryder Cup, against Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee. Match 4 has Phil Mickelson and reigning British Open champion Zach Johnson facing fellow Aussies Steven Bowditch and world No. 2 Jason Day, the reigning PGA champion. (via USA Today)