Team USA the golf betting favourites for the 11th President’s Cup
While Europe may have got the better of Team USA over recent years in the Ryder Cup, American golfers have dominated their other major international team event. Since its inception in 1994 the US team have only lost one of the 10 President’s Cup tournaments and Jay Haas has a strong team to take to Korea this week.
The ‘Rest of the World’ team’s only win was in 1998 but on ‘home’ turf and with some in-form players they could spring a surprise this year.
Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 President’s Cup.
The President’s Cup format is similar to the Ryder Cup. The first two days consists of five fourball matches and five foursomes. The third day features four fourballs and four matches of foursomes. The host team captain (Nick Price) decides the order – fourball v foursomes – on the first three days.
On the final day there will be 12 singles matches.
All matches that are ties after 18 holes score half a point for each team. With 30 points up for grabs the winning team will be the first to reach 15.5 points.
US team the clear golf betting favourites to win a sixth straight President’s Cup
With qualification stretching over a couple of PGA Tour seasons, Jay Haas has a strong roster of in-form golfers in his team this week.
Jordan Spieth has enjoyed a stellar season, winning five tournaments including two Majors and last week being named the PGA Tour Player of the Season. The 22 year old ended his season in style with a win at the Tour Championship and plays in his second President’s Cup having won two and lost two of his matches in 2013.
Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson bring plenty of experience to the side and have played 23 President’s Cup matches between them. Matt Kuchar and captain’s pick Bill Haas are also experienced matchplay golfers and Haas ended the Tour season in excellent form.
The USA can also boast some talented rookies. Jimmy Walker plays in this tournament for the first time while Rickie Fowler’s late season form meant he stayed in contention for the FedEx Cup title until the last tournament. In Patrick Reed the USA also have a steely matchplay contender who top scored for his country in last year’s Ryder Cup. Reed looks great value at 8/1 to be the USA’s top points scorer.
Considering their strength in depth and recent success in the tournament the USA are 9/20 to retain the President’s Cup.
International team boast some in-form players
While the international team may not have the same strength in depth of the US side they arguably have their best team in years.
Jason Day finished the season as the number two golfer in the world having briefly taken the top spot after a sensational late season run. Day is in tremendous form and leads his team in his third President’s Cup.
Compatriot Adam Scott is a hugely experienced part of the Rest of the World team having played 30 matches in this tournament over more than a decade. While it’s not been the best season for the former world number one the Australian brings a wealth of knowhow to a side featuring five rookies.
The South African trio of Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzl and Louis Oosthuizen have varied records at this tournament. Grace lost each of his matches on his debut while Schwartzl has the best win percentage of any golfer on the international side and is 10/1 to top score for the Rest of the World team.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour while Danny Lee has Korean parents and will have legions of fans in Incheon this week. Lee’s presence could really boost the support for his side (as will that of Bae Sang-moon) and he could be great value at 12/1 to be the international team’s top scorer.
The Rest of the World team are 9/4 to win their first President’s Cup in 17 years.
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