The International team has their work cut out for them this weekend in the 14th Presidents Cup. The United States squad features five golfers in the top 10 of the OWGR, and it would have been six if Will Zalatoris wasn’t forced to pull out with multiple herniated discs in his back.
The International team record in the Presidents Cup is 1-11-1, with both the win and the draw coming in Australia. This year’s event will be held at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., so if the International squad is going to pull off the win, it would be the first on American soil. The U.S. has also won eight Cups in a row.
International Team +800 Underdogs
There’s no doubt the International team is up against it this weekend; The top-ranked International player is #17, Hideki Matsuyama, while the U.S squad has 10 players higher than him on the OWGR.
What has put the International team at such a disadvantage is the fact that LIV golfers are not allowed to play in the Presidents Cup. The odds might have looked a lot different if the likes of #3 ranked Cameron Smith or top 25 players such as Joaquin Niemann and Abraham Ancer were allowed to compete.
The International team also misses out on some veteran experience due to the LIV ban, as Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen are not allowed to play. They were part of the 2019 team that lost just 16-14 in Melbourne. Maybe the best hopes the International team has is a draw at +1800.
Top Combined Points Scorer
Presidents Cup betting definitely aims at the U.S. running away with this year’s honors as they hold the top 10 highest odds for top combined points scorer. Perhaps the U.S. is too good, though and the pairings get a bit off – that is a luxury the International team doesn’t have:
Hideki Matsuyama +2000
Matsuyama is the default face of the International team as the highest-ranked player, but he’s also battled neck and wrist injuries so might not be available for every session. He did play in the Fortinet Championship last weekend as a tune-up, finishing 25th.
Sungjae Im +2000
Im has value for the simple fact that he is very versatile and will probably play every session. He won both his fourball matches and his singles match in 2019 and comes in hot with four runner-up finishes in his last five events.
Adam Scott +2500
The biggest thing Scott has going for him is experience, as this is his 10th appearance in the Presidents Cup. He hasn’t posted a Tour win since the 2020 Genesis Open but played well recently in the FedEx Cup playoffs with top fives at the FedEx St. Jude and the BMW.
Corey Conners +2500
Hopefully, Conners was just using the Fortinet Championship as a tune-up for the Presidents Cup because he missed the Cup last week in Napa. Having the weekend off leaves him rested but Conners comes in as one of eight players participating in this event for the first time.