U.S. heavy favorite to retain Presidents Cup

With the close of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the next marquee event on the men’s golf calendar is the 2019 Presidents Cup to be held Dec. 9-15 in Victoria, Australia.

U.S. captain Tiger Woods has yet to name his four alternates, but sportsbooks already see his side as the overwhelming favorite. For as many Ryder Cup struggles as the U.S. has suffered through over the past two decades, it has won the past seven Presidents Cups – often by large margins – and has not lost one since 1998.

The International Team is comprised of players from around the world, outside of Europe. The International side lost by a lone point in 2015, but the Steve Stricker-led U.S. team posted a resounding 19-11 win two years ago at Liberty National in Jersey City – the site of the first leg of this year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

PointsBet is offering the U.S. as a -251 favorite, compared to +225 for the International team and a +1200 moneyline on a tie – which has happened only once time in the previous 12 Presidents Cups. DraftKings is event more bullish on a U.S. victory (-305), while offering the International team at +275 and a +1400 moneyline on a tie bet.

The Presidents Cup has been held biennially since 1994. It was moved to odd numbered years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks pushed back that year’s Ryder Cup.

Each team will be comprised of 12 players, with the first eight earning automatic spots through a points system.

This year’s U.S. team will be led by No. 1-ranked Brooks Koepka, No. 3 Dustin Johnson and No. 5 Justin Thomas. No. 7 Patrick Cantlay, No. 9 Xander Schauffele and No. 10 Bryson DeChambeau give captain Tiger Woods six players currently ranked in the top 10.

Woods, ranked No. 8, has not ruled putting himself on the team as well. Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar also qualified, with the next five players in the points standings being Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Woods, Chez Reavie and Kevin Kisner.

Captain Ernie Els’ International team is led by Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama and also includes Australians Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, China’s Haotong Li and Taiwan’s C.T. Pan.

Woods and Els will make their captain’s picks the week of Nov. 4.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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