Charlotte, NC – The US Presidents Cup squad includes five of the top 10 US players Official world golf rating. Nine of them are ranked in the top 15, the most ever on a single team in the event’s history.
The international team has nothing, after Australia Cameron SmithThe third-placed player in the world and winner of The Open, jumped to the new LIV golf course in late August.
History is on the Americans’ side, too. They have won 11 of the past 13 Presidents Cup competitions, lost once and drawn again. Many of the same American players were in the Ryder Cup team that defeated the Europeans 19-9 at Whistling Straits a year earlier, becoming the first team to score 19 points and win 10 in that historic event.
Consider the fact that the Presidents Cup is being held on American soil, at the Quail Hollow Club, in front of thousands of American fans as of Thursday, and it’s easy to see why Americans are so keen to win again.
“I think it’s obvious that we are the underdogs,” the international team captain Trevor Immelman He said. “We’ve generally been in this competition over the years, so it’s a sign we’re used to.”
According to Caesars Sports Book, the US team is the favorite -750 to win the Presidents Cup. While anything can happen over the course of four days of golf, an international team win would be equivalent to knocking out Buster Douglas of Mike Tyson or the 16th-seeded Maryland Baltimore County defeating the No. 1 ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament.
“Just because you’re the favourite they don’t give you any extra shots,” Team USA star Scotty Scheffler He said. “We’re not starting 1-up. There are a lot of talented players on the PGA Tour. It’s a very deep tour, and obviously the international players have a lot of talent on their side as well.”
However, the result is expected to be so unbalanced that the captain of the US team Davis Love III A reporter asked him on Tuesday if he was worried about becoming the next Dennis Conner, referring to the yacht captain who lost to an Australian boat in the 1983 America’s Cup, the first failed defense for New York Yachting Club in 132 years. Race history. Or, in the words of the reporter, “the man who might lose what is not possible.”
“I compared the Ryder Cup to the America’s Cup,” Love said. “Like no one really cared about the America’s Cup until we started losing. Ted Turner used to live down the street from us in Atlanta, and no one really cared until we lost him. And then we said, ‘How can we lose the regatta, you know?’ We are the United States.”
American golf fans might feel the same way about the Presidents Cup if the Love squad is on the wrong side of the scoreboard this week.
“We’re used to being called the favourite,” said Low, who has captained two teams in the Ryder Cup. “Even when we lose three Ryder Cups in a row, they tell us, ‘Oh, but they are the favourites.'” The other captain or the other team or [the media] We mentioned we are the favourites. So we are used to it. This is on paper, and a lot of great coaches will tell you that the game wasn’t played on paper. They are played there on the golf course.”
It’s not like the international players haven’t accomplished anything. Japan Hideki Matsuyama and Australia Adam Scott She won a master’s. South Korea Se Woo Kim And the Sungjae im They won multiple events on the PGA Tour. Canada Corey ConnersSouth Korea Tom Kim and Colombia Sebastian Munoz Each of them comes to the top once.
“They are all elite athletes, and they have made it to the elite level on the PGA Tour,” said Immelmann. You don’t get here by chance, man, I can promise you. You don’t get here by chance. You put in a lot of work. You dedicate your life to it. You make sacrifices after sacrifice, investing time, money, blood, sweat and tears to get to this level. …don’t just get up one morning and go to the PGA Tour. These players are legit, all 24″.
However, some are more legitimate than others. The stacked American squad includes Schaeffler, the highest-rated player in the world, and three other former champions: Justin ThomasAnd the Colin Morikawa And the Jordan Spieth. Xander Shaveli He won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Patrick Cantlay He was the 2021 FedEx Cup Champion.
Schaeffler was the only four-time winner of the PGA Tour last season. Sam Burns He won three times. Tony Vino won twice. Max Homa He won twice and successfully defended his title in last week’s Fortinet Championship, the first event in the 2022-23 wrap schedule. Cameron Young He is expected to be chosen as the New Player of the Year on the PGA Tour of the year.
“I really can’t imagine being overconfident,” Homa said. “The international team is great, and a lot is being done about it, being the favourite or whatever, but golf doesn’t really allow it. Setting the golf course and everything is a big deal. So they have a great team. We have a great team. I think it’s going to be a golf tournament. Really good.”
There were even bigger individual turmoil in golf: young 20-year-old Frances Oymet won the 1913 US Open on his local course, and the Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, won as a start. There have been amazing winners in the major tournaments, like Larry Miz download Greg Norman And the Ballesteros sword in a playoff in the 1987 Masters Championship; South Korea yes yang Coming from behind to take it down tiger wood In the final round of the 2009 PGA Championship in Hazeltine.
The international team can also draw inspiration from their captain, Immelmann, who won the 2008 Masters by defeating Woods by three strokes, just months after undergoing surgery to remove a golf-ball-sized tumor that was pressing on his diaphragm.
Emelman says having eight emerging players on his 12-man roster could be helpful. They have no scar tissue from eight consecutive defeats in the Presidents Cup. They weren’t in the 2017 team that trailed 14 to 3 after Saturday’s games at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.
“I think that frees us up because we have nothing to lose,” Immelman said. “If you look at our record in this tournament and you look at our world rankings against their world rankings, we have absolutely nothing to lose.”
His advice to his team of underdogs: “Go and go.”