On paper, it looks like an even proposition. On grass, the well-manicured variety that professional golfers demand for their game, it might be otherwise.
The World Cup of Golf foursomes competition will pit the team of Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, who could be called the Anyplace But Rio Duet, will take on Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker Thursday at Kingston Heath.
For Walker and Fowler, they need to get accustomed to the course in rapid fashion if they are to stay even with Scott and Leishman, both of whom have played the links-style course dozens of times.
Walker has not played in Australia for close to 10 years, but had favourable impressions of the course that seems to mesh well with his cerebral approach to the game. Fowler has resorted to hitting an assortment of clubs from various tees in an attempt to figure out how to adapt his game to the Kingston Heath layout that is better suited to accuracy as opposed to raw power.
The Japanese team of Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa are preparing with a vengeance that seemingly has included their examination of every blade of grass on the course and included a six-hour stint on the practice putting green.