Jason Day says the Internationals are excited, not daunted, by the task of defying the odds to spring an "epic" sporting upset on the mighty American golf team in the Presidents Cup.

The Americans have been near unstoppable in the biennial team competition, winning seven and tying one of the nine previous clashes, including a current streak of four wins.

And the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio starting on Thursday will be about as tough as it gets for the Internationals, who have never won on American soil.

The Americans, led by world No.1 Tiger Woods, boast seven of the top 11 ranked players in their 12-man team, with their 'worst' player ranked 28th.

Conversely the International side, made up of non-European countries boast just one top 10 player in Australian world No.2 Adam Scott and bottom out at No.63.

World No.16 Day, who calls the Columbus area home with his American wife Ellie and son Dash, is a member at the host course and hopes that will count for something.

"It is going to be a tough week for our team but we are excited about the chance to be part of history," Day said.

Along with Scott and Day and fellow Australian Marc Leishman, five South Africans in Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Ernie Els and Richard Sterne, plus Japan's latest star Hideki Matsuyama, Canadian Graham DeLaet, Argentine Angel Cabrera and Zimbabwe's Brendan de Jonge make up the International side.

Leishman, Oosthuizen, Grace, Sterne, Matsuyama, DeLaet and de Jonge are all yet to play in a Presidents Cup.

"We have a lot of rookies but the advantage of this is they don't know how to lose," Day, who was third in the World Golf Championships Match Play championship earlier this year, added.

"They can just go out and do what they do best, play good golf.

It is going to take all our best golf to beat the Americans but we'll be up for it.

"To beat them on their turf, especially after they beat us in Australia two years ago, would just be epic."

Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Hunter Mahan make up the USA team.

While the majority of players on both the USA and International teams have played Muirfield Village most years for the the US PGA Tour's Memorial tournament in late May, early June, Day says changed conditions could catch a few out.

"Being at this time of year the wind will be different to what everyone is used to playing so I think the course will play a lot harder than guys expect," Day said.

"I will help our team with what I've experienced before. Any little thing that can possibly help our team win by the end of the week is a blessing."

 

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