This week sees a break from the fierce individual competition as players team up for The Presidents Cup. The Presidents Cup is the USA vs an International Team minus Europe. It has a history of being dominated by the USA with the only International victory coming in 1998 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. They did also manage to secure a tie in South Africa at the beautiful Fancourt Links in 2003. With Tiger Woods and Ernie Els inseparable during the playoff and with darkness approaching Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player decided a tie was the best result for all involved as ‘no team deserved to lose’. Probably a fair result. That tournament will be remembered for Els’ 12 foot putt in near darkness to keep the match alive. So in 11 attempts the Internationals have won one and lost 9 with one tie. That record would be considered poor in even the most ardent of Internationals supporters books. So is there any reason to believe an upset could be on the cards? Not an overwhelming amount no. The States are coming in with some of the hottest golfers on the planet form wise and have momentum on their side but golf is a funny old sport and can throw up the strangest of results.
The USA (-225 BetOnline.ag)
Those odds tell you everything you need to know about the Presidents Cup over the past 22 years. The States have a tails-manic figure in Jordan Speith who has blazed the trail this season. Speith will be backed up by red hot golfers like Fowler and Johnson who have also enjoyed tremendous seasons. This side is oozing confidence all will be immensely hard to beat. The one potential banana skin could be playing away from home as the tournament will be hosted in South Korea. Other than that the States look a well oiled machine that is ready to get it done again and retain the Presidents Cup.
The Internationals (+200 BetOnline.ag)
The Internationals are coming up against an extremely confident USA side but their are a few reasons to believe they may put up a bigger fight than expected. There is no i in team but having Jason Day playing for the internationals at this time of his career could inspire the rest of the side. The big hitting Australian has had the season of his life and if he leads from the front the others may also find confidence. This International side also has some terrific players in it, which makes the fact this event has been so one sided even stranger. Oosthuzien, Grace, Scott and Schwartzel are some of the worlds finest players. Can The Internationals turn the tide at the Jack Nicklaus design in South Korea or will it be business as usual for the USA?
Draw (+1200 BetOnline.ag)
There has only been one previous draw in this unique competition, that was back in South Africa in 2003. It seems unlikely as the previous evidence points to an outright winner 90% of the time but you never really know in sport. Records are there to be broken.
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Adam Scott • Branden Grace • Charl Schwartzel • Ernie Els • Fancourt Links • Fowler • Gary Player • Jack Nicklaus • Jason Day • Johnson • Jordan Speith • Louis Oosthuizen • Royal Melbourne Golf Course • South Africa • South Korea • The Presidents Cup • Tiger Woods