Published: Nov 16, 2011 12:11 PM EST
Updated: Nov 17, 2011 7:30 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Tiger Woods, in the same group as former caddie Steve Williams for the first time since their acrimonious split, has teed off for the Americans at the Presidents Cup.

Williams, fired by Woods in July, is now on the bag of Adam Scott, who is partnering K. J. Choi for the Internationals against Woods and Steve Stricker in one of six foursomes (alternate shot) matches Thursday.

Two weeks ago, Williams made a racial slur against Woods at a caddies party in Shanghai. Williams apologized, but their on-course meeting has been one of the most-anticipated pairings of the Presidents Cup.

Woods and Williams shook hands on the first tee and Woods later hit his tee shot straight down the fairway at Royal Melbourne.