Woods: Spieth vs Day the match everyone wants

Tiger Woods said that a Presidents Cup singles showdown between Jason Day and Jordan Spieth is the match most people would want to see.

Woods, an assistant to US team captain Steve Stricker in New Jersey this week, said a duel between the two former world number one ranked golfers could add some drama to the biennial event.

The US have dominated the Presidents Cup since it began in 1994, winning every edition except for 1998 (International Team’s only success) and 2003 when it finished a tie.

Day and Spieth have enjoyed several head-to-head battles in their career, most notably at the 2015 US PGA Championship, but they’ve never met in Presidents Cup singles.

“I think you’ll find guys want to see Jordan play Jason,” Woods said.

The 14-time major champion, who holds the record for the most singles points in Presidents Cup history with six, played against the likes of Greg Norman, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.

“You try get the top players to play against each other. I had Vijay once (2000), I had Greg in Australia (1998), I had Ernie in South Africa (2003),” Woods said.

“You can give the fans what they want on a Sunday.”

Day, meanwhile, said he would love to play Spieth at Liberty National.

“I’m okay with that. Jordan or Justin, I’ll play against them,” he said. “I enjoy stiff competition. So the harder, the better, for me.”

The final decision will be down to captains Stricker and Nick Price.

“Sometimes the captains will make a quiet agreement on the side that they’re going to put these guys out together,” Woods said.

“Other times, it’s pretty cold-hearted and you are just trying to beat the other guy.”

The Presidents Cup follows a similar format to the Ryder Cup, but features 30 matches over four days, beginning on Thursday with three days of team matches (foursomes and fourballs) followed by 12 singles matches on Sunday.