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SUTTON COLDFIELD, England ' Tiger Woods will try his luck with a third different partner in Saturday mornings foursomes.
 
Woods is paired with Davis Love III. They face Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn at 8:45 AM local time.
 
'I will say a bit of a hunch with Tiger and Davis, I'll be honest with you,' said U.S. Captain Curtis Strange, whose team trails 4 - 3 . 'This is a golf course where they're hitting so many irons off the tee, so everybody is hitting a lot of fairways, and with that they're wonderful second-shot players.
 
'The golf ball means a great deal to me. Davis can launch Tiger's golf ball. A Scott Verplank or Scott Hoch would have difficulty with the Nike golf ball. So that played a big part in the decision.
 
'And plus, they can get on the par-5s in two, if they drive it in the fairway.'
 
Woods lost both of his matches Friday. He and Paul Azinger fell to Clarke and Bjorn, 1-up, in the morning four-balls. He then lost with Mark Calcavecchia to Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, 2-and-1, in foursomes.
 
Woods overall Ryder Cup record now stands at 3-8-1, but Strange has no thoughts of benching the worlds No. 1.
 
You go with your horses. If you get beat, you get beat. But you go with your horses and thats what I intend to do, he said.
 
Phil Mickelson and David Toms face Pierre Fulke and Phillip Price in the first group out Saturday, at 8:00. Mickelson and Toms beat Padraig Harrington and Niclas Fasth, 1-up, in Fridays four-balls. They then came from 3-down with four to play to earn a crucial half point against Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie in the foursomes.
 
Fulke and Price, both Ryder Cup rookies, will be making their first appearances.
 
'The whole week, Fulke and Price were definitely going to be a team. They're perfect for foursomes, they play the exact same game,' European Captain Sam Torrance said.
 
Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk go up against Westwood and Garcia at 8:15. Cink and Furyk took down Harrington and Paul McGinley in Fridays foursomes, 3-and-2.
 
Aside from their victory over Woods and Calcavecchia, Garcia and Westwood also beat Love and David Duval, 4-and-3, in the four-balls.
 
Verplank teams with Hoch against Langer and Montgomerie, who handled Hoch and Furyk, 4-and-3, in Fridays four-balls.
 
Duval, Sutton, Calcavecchia and Azinger will sit on the sidelines Saturday morning. Strange said it was a tough decision to bench Sutton after his performance in the alternate-shot format Friday.
 
To sit somebody out, to go back right in the same format they won earlier, is difficult to do. Its the toughest thing I have to do, Strange said. You put your best players out there tomorrow morning. I have what I think is the best foursomes playing in the morning.
 
Harrington, McGinley, Fasth and Jesper Parnevik will be Saturday morning spectators. Parnevik, who went 3-1-1 in the 1999 Matches, has yet to play thus far this go-around.
 
'Jesper is ready. I just thought it might have been a bit much to put him in foursomes because there is a wee bit extra pressure,' Torrance said. 'But there's a fair chance he'll be playing in the afternoon.'
 
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