Plenty more to Presidents Cup than just Woods v. Scott

Thursday in Melbourne Australia, the ninth playing of the Presidents Cup will tee off at Royal Melbourne, as Fred Couples takes his U.S. squad against Greg Norman and his International team.

Many story lines could be swirling around before the competition is contested; however, it seems only one is getting any media attention.

That being of course, will we see a Tiger Woods and Adam Scott match at any point during the event?

This subject is very interesting to me to say the least. It seems everyone wants to see this pairing. Unfortunately, the reasoning for it is not the players themselves -- Rather a caddy.

There really is not that much history to speak of as far as Woods and Scott goes, other than sharing a common denominator of employing Steve Williams as their caddy.

As you may or may not recall, Williams got himself into a little hot water [again] earlier this month when he dropped what many considered a racial slur geared towards his former boss, Woods.

I will not be repeating what he said in this article.

Unfortunate as that situation was for all parties involved, it seems to have carried over to the Presidents Cup, and now fans want to see Woods and Scott paired against each other at some point during the competition.

However to me, it is for all the wrong reasons.

Why should this be the dominating story line, as there are far more interesting stories heading into this event.

For instance, the U.S. team is made up of 50-percent of players competing in their first Presidents Cup this year.

Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Nick Watney and Bubba Watson are in their first Presidents Cup.

How will they react to a pressure that they have never felt in this competition?

Also, the International team has four of their own rookies on their side as well. What will their play show in their first go in a Presidents Cup?

One could also look at that only three of the International team members has a Presidents Cup record better than .500, in Ryo Ishikawa, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

Will the other members record show through or will these players step up to the bell and pull out wins against their U.S. competitors?

How will Steve Stricker play with his nagging injuries? Will Couples pair him with Woods once again or will we see a different playing combination there?

Is there intrigue to the Woods v. Scott pairing?

Of course there is.

Though it actually has little to do with the players, rather a caddy who has been known to ruffle a few feathers in his past.

Woods represents a great deal to the game of golf, no one is denying that fact. He is still the game's biggest draw.

But the Presidents Cup should be about the teams, the matches and the golf overall.

Not just one player, his ex-caddy and now another player, who just happened to hire the old player's caddy.

Let's hope that this soap opera-esqe drama does not deter away from the event and the golf itself.

After all, this is a competition that should be settled on the golf course, not on the back pages of tabloids

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