The biennial golfing contest that pits the best American golfers against their international counterparts (minus Europe) is set to take place from 28 September to 1 October at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.
Originating in 1994, the illustrious Presidents Cup welcomes some of the world’s best players to a venue – alternating between the United States and a host country from the international team – where they compete for team, country and the overall honour of raising the President’s Cup trophy.
The Presidents Cup
Emulating the Ryder Cup which sees an American team take on a European side, the Presidents Cup is a match play consisting of 12 players per side. Each team is captained by a highly-respected golfer who doesn’t compete, but does choose the pairs for the doubles events for the fourball matches. Each match is worth one point and, for matches that are all-square after 18 holes, each team will score a half point.
The first two days of this year’s tournament will consist of five matches of fourball and five matches of foursomes. The third day consists of four matches of fourball and four matches of foursomes. The US team, being the host, will decide the order of the first three days and, on the final day, there will be 12 single matches played, totalling 30 matches over the four days.
2017 Presidents Cup International Team:
Nick Price will captain the team with his assistants Ernie Els, Tony Johnstone, Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Weir.
1. Hideki Matsuyama – Japan
2. Jason Day – Australia
3. Adam Scott – Australia
4. Louis Oosthuizen – South Africa
5. Charl Schwartzel – South Africa
6. Marc Leishman – Australia
7. Branden Grace – South Africa
8. Jhonattan Vegas – Venezuela
9. Kim Si-woo – South Korea
10. Adam Hadwin – Canada
11. Emiliano Grillo – Argentina
12. Anirban Lahiri – India
Presidents Cup International Team captain Nick Price and Adam Scott
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2017 Presidents Cup USA Team:
Steve Stricker will captain the team, assisted by Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk. The team features the 10 players who earned the most official FedExCup points from the 2015 BMW Championship through to the 2017 Dell Technologies Championship. The points earned during the 2017 calendar year counted as double. The remaining two are selected by the captain.
1. Dustin Johnson
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Justin Thomas
4. Rickie Fowler
5. Daniel Berger
6. Brooks Koepka
7. Kevin Kisner
8. Patrick Reed
9. Matt Kuchar
10. Kevin Chappell
11. Phil Mickelson
12. Charley Hoffman
U.S. Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker, Jordan Spieth, Charley Hoffman and assistant Jim Furyk
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There is much speculation that the Presidents Cup is too one-sided, considering the United States have won the event the past six times and nine times out of the first 11 overall, this is a fair assumption. However, the 2015 edition was lost by only a single point which makes for some really exciting spectator golf.
This year we’re seeing some of the world’s hottest players take to the international side including Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen – who nearly took the PGA Championship – and three other major winners in the form of Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day and Adam Scott. This is definitely a strong side.
On the other hand, the American team is countering this international strength with three of the world’s best players at the moment – Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas – and they have never lost on American soil, making the odds largely in their favour.
And it’s not just the top names to watch out for because the American team is strong throughout. The lowest player on the US team is Phil Mickelson – ranked 29 in the world – yet he’s ranked above all six of the lowest international team players. Essentially, it’s the bottom of the list that’s pulling the team down. Even Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell, who might not be that well known, fare better than their international counterparts.
But, all is not lost, because the sport is not about the team with the best players, but rather how they play on the day. In golf, a low-ranked player – on a good day – could take down the World No. 1. The format also plays a large part and, the reduction of matches from 34 to 30, gives the international side more of an edge.
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