Incheon - Golf legend Jack Nicklaus said on
Wednesday that he would like nothing better than to see Jordan Spieth battle
Jason Day in Sunday's Presidents Cup singles on the course that bears his name.
A match-up of the two best players in the
world who have carried off three of the season's Majors is a mouth-watering and
likely prospect, said Nicklaus, who himself won 18 majors and has captained the
US side four times in Presidents Cups.
"Put it this way, if they want to play
each other there's ways it can be made to happen," the 75-year-old said on
the eve of the US versus International team match play event at the Jack
Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.
"When I first captained the team in
1998 Tiger Woods wanted to play Greg Norman and we made it happen," said
"The second time Tiger wanted to play
Ernie (Els) and myself and Gary (Player, the International captain) sorted that
Unlike the Ryder Cup, where playing lists
are submitted "blind" and then matched up in order, the Presidents
Cup system sees each captain name a player in turn making a Spieth-Day showdown
a real possibility.
World number two Day, however, was not so
certain he would be facing his season-long foe and top-ranked Spieth again.
"I think it would be a lot of fun
playing against Jordan," Day told reporters.
"But, then again, I'm not too sure
what their strategy is with that -- if they are going to hold Jordan to wait
for my name or if captain (Nick) Price is going to hold my name for Jordan.
"He may want me to go out early, try
to get a point up. It all depends on how things are going, and from there, make
that decision who I'll play against."
Nicklaus said he was proud of being the
designer of the course which will host the prestigious team event on Asian soil
for the first time when play begins on Thursday.
He has made a number of changes recently to
the course with particular work done to ease the severity of undulations on the
Nicklaus predicted it would result in a
tough but fair challenge to the players, with the possibility for plenty of
"I made it too tough to start
with," Nicklaus said with a smile. "I think a lot of times,
everybody, all designers go through cycles of when they do different things.
"I guess I was in my 'bumpy' cycle
when we started this. I'm in my more 'peaceful, love golfer' cycle right
now," he grinned.