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Day to use Aussie Open as warm-up

The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — Jason Day is hoping a one-week trip Down Under for the Australian Open will turn into two. He and Presidents Cup captain Ernie Els might already be formulating that plan.

Australian Open officials on Tuesday said Day will play at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney from Dec. 5-8.

Golf Australia chief Stephen Pitt said the Australian Open will have “one of the strongest” fields in years, and that he hopes to have about nine of the 12 players from the International team for the following week’s Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.

Day finished outside of the top eight as automatic picks for the International team to face the United States, but is strongly favored to join Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith among the Australian contingent for the tournament at Royal Melbourne from Dec. 12-15.

Woods eyes ‘sharp’ players

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods wants the eight players who made his Presidents Cup team and four more under consideration as captain’s picks to play tournaments and stay sharp over the next three months leading to the December matches Down Under.

Left unclear was whether that applies to the captain if Woods decides to pick himself. He said he told prospective Cup players at a meeting two weeks ago how important it was to be committed to the team and the event.

“And that means playing and being prepared,” he said during a conference call Monday.

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