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Woods can't do enough to satisfy US Presidents Cup fans

TIGER Woods loves to be part of the Presidents Cup but the world number one said yesterday that no matter how well he plays, some people are just never satisfied.

After sitting out last year's Ryder Cup to recover from knee surgery, a revved-up Woods is back leading the heavily-favoured Americans this week at Harding Park in their campaign for a third straight win.

Woods has played in five of the biennial events, losing one, tying one and winning three but believes people have expected better from the world's first $1 billion athlete.

"Either way, I play well and it's not enough and I've played poorly and you're not very good," Woods told reporters. "I don't know how the other players feel but certainly I have a lot of responsibilities at these Cups."

Woods has posted a 13-11-1 record in five Presidents Cups, and most of those victories have come against the best the Internationals could throw at the 14-times major winner.

The 33-year-old is again prepared to take on the toughest assignments, starting with the opening foursomes tomorrow.

"It's one of those things where generally I've always played the guy who is playing the best," said Woods.

"I've played against Weirsy (Mike Weir) in Canada. I played against Ernie (Els) in South Africa and Greg (Norman) in Australia.

"So either that or guys who are playing really well; like I got Goose (Retief Goosen) when he was playing well and I got Vijay (Singh) when he was playing well here.


The Internationals face the grim prospect of a highly-motivated Woods in peak form. In seven starts since missing the cut at the British Open in July, Woods has won three events and finished runner-up in three others.

Despite the stellar season, which has included six PGA Tour titles and a $10 million bonus from the FedExCup playoff events, Woods failed to win a major this year, a disappointment that might be eased with a Presidents Cup win.

Team mate Jim Furyk said Woods's distress from missing the last U.S. triumph showed his motivation.

"Tiger stood up there, he said that he missed it last year, and he watched and he wanted to be here," said Furyk. "He's more stressed out than the rest of us and he missed it. That let's you know where we all are."

South Korea's Yang Yong-eun, who stunned the golf world when he overhauled Woods in the final round of the PGA Championship, knows exactly what to expect if paired against the American.

"Tiger is going to probably come out with a vengeance if he is teamed up against me the final day," said Yang. "It's going to be tough, but I'll try to keep my calm."


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