At A Glance: Thursday’s action

Match #1 Steve Stricker (0-2-0-, 2-3-0) and Hunter Mahan (0-0-0, 0-0-0) vs. Adam Scott (3-0-1, 6-3-1) and Geoff Ogilvy (0-0-0, 0-0-0) U.S. analysis: Not much of a record for the Americans to hang their hopes on with Stricker’s two losses in foursomes from his 1996 appearance and Mahan making his debut in the opening match, not the easiest position. This combo should hit a lot of fairways and make some putts once the jitters subside. U.S. key statistic: Both men rank highly in driving accuracy, and Stricker compliments Mahan nicely by ranking second in proximity to the hole on approaches from the fairway. Inside 150 yards, Stricker is among the best in golf. International analysis: Talk about throwing an early haymaker at the visitors. Scott is unbeaten in foursomes and Ogilvy, though a rookie, has a major on his resume and should feel comfortable playing with his compatriot and close friend. International key statistics: Scott and Ogilvy average over 290 yards off the tee, so their games into the greens match up rather well. They also rebound well from mistakes, ranking sixth and second, respectively in the bounce back category. Both are underrated putters. Match outlook: It’s power vs. accuracy in the opener, with the edge going to The International Team’s long-hitting duo. The Americans need a hot hand with the putter to frustrate the Aussies and equalize the contest. Without that, it could be a short match for the visitors. Projected outcome: International Team wins

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