The United States has won 10 of the 12 Presidents Cups (10-1-1) over the International Team in the biennial event, and U.S. sports books including those recently legalized in New Jersey and golf betting websites in the USA, expect that U.S. dominance to continue over the Internationals next month.
With talisman Tiger Woods Woods serving as U.S. captain, the Americans is the bookies’ favorite over Ernie Els’ International Team on the links course at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia on Dec. 12-15.
The one tie in the series came in 2003 on the Links Course at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club in George, Western Cape, South Africa. The teams were tied, 17-17, at the end of scheduled play, so Woods and Els went to a sudden-death playoff in an effort to determine a winner.
After Woods and Els halved three extra holes, play was called because of darkness and a tie was declared, with the U.S. retaining the Presidents Cup
This year, the International team is +275 with 888Sport to win, with a tie at incredible +1400 betting value, and the Americans favorites at a solid -305.
The reason for the American’s favoritism is straightforward. Five of the Top 10 ranked golfers in the world golfers are in the U.S. team, including fourth-ranked Dustin Johnson, fifth-ranked Justin Thomas, sixth-ranked Patrick Cantlay, seventh-ranked Woods, who made himself a Captain’s Pick, and ninth-ranked Xander Schauffele.
Even without top-ranked Brooks Koepka, who was forced to withdraw because of a knee injury.
The International Team goes into the President’s Cup with only player ranked in the Top 20, home favorite Adam Scott of Australia, ranked 18th.
However, the International team seems to play above its weight and World Golf Ranking points, particularly when the event is played outside the United States.
The links layout at Royal Melbourne is expected to even up the contest even further, with some great player match-ups appearing to be in store.
The four-day Presidents Cup format will include four-somes, fourballs and singles.
Team rosters, rankings and odds for the biennial event:
Captain Tiger Woods, ranked No. 7
Dustin Johnson, ranked No. 4
Justin Thomas, ranked No. 5
Matt Kuchar, ranked No 23
Xander Schauffele, ranked No. 9
Webb Simpson, ranked No. 11
Bryson DeChambeau, ranked No. 12
Patrick Cantlay, ranked No. 6
Tony Finau, ranked No. 15
Patrick Reed, ranked No. 16
Rickie Fowler, ranked No. 22
Captain Ernie Els (South Africa), non-playing captain
Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), ranked No. 22
Adam Scott (Australia), ranked No 18
Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), ranked No. 24
Marc Leishman (Australia), ranked No. 27
Abraham Ancer (Mexico), ranked No. 38
Haotong Li (China), ranked No. 63
Cameron Smith (Australia), ranked No. 52
C.T. Pan (Taiwan), ranked No. 62
Jason Day (Australia), ranked No. 31
Sungjae Im (South Africa), ranked No. 33
Adam Hadwin (Canada) ranked No. 49
Joaquin Niemann (Chile), ranked No. 57