Ready to tame a Tiger

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Tiger Woods and Canadian Mike Weir already appear to be on a collision course at The Presidents Cup.

They were the focal point of their teams yesterday as the International squad and Team USA tuned up at the Royal Montreal Golf Club for tomorrow's start to the biennial, four-day competition.

The prospect of a Weir-Woods clash Sunday in singles play was thrown on the table by American captain Jack Nicklaus.

That's not because Nicklaus thinks Weir, who has struggled with injuries and a slump the last couple of years, would be easy prey (though not a bad conclusion).

It's because that matchup would be one the people here would like to see -- the underdog, bantam weight, home-country hero against the buff, imposing world No. 1.

It could be a great storyline and Nicklaus said he'd be willing to work with International team captain Gary Player to make it happen.

"I think it will be great if Mike Weir played Tiger this time ... I think it's the logical thing to do," said Nicklaus. Unlike the Ryder Cup, where the matchups between the Americans and Europeans are drawn out of a hat, Nicklaus and Player can engineer the matchups here.

'ICING ON THE CAKE'

They take turns throwing out names and the other guy selects the player he wants to oppose him.

But there's a lot of golf to be played before Sunday. There will be six foursome (alternate shot) matches tomorrow, six four-ball (best ball) matches Friday and five of each Saturday.

"It might be icing on the cake for me to get in there and possibly beat him," said Weir, who switched coaches before this season and has shown signs of turning around his game. "I know come Sunday singles we just have to pair up who is going to match up the best.

"This is my fourth (Presidents Cup). I haven't been on a winning team yet. Gary wants to make sure we do the right thing, not just for myself to put me against Tiger, but for everybody.

"We're trying to win this."

Given his play the last couple of years, taking on Woods would be a tall order for Weir. Player will also have to consider Aussie Nick O'Hern, who has twice taken down Woods in match play.

Woods tiptoed around a possible meeting with Weir.

"Whatever happens there, happens there. I've played with Mike quite a bit over the years. I know he's gone through a pretty significant swing change. He's starting to put it together and he's starting to putt a little better now.

"It's great to have him on the International squad, especially here in Canada. I think that definitely adds to the event."

The prospect of a Woods-Weir meeting Sunday might add even more.


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