I would like to welcome everyone to the 2011 Presidents Cup. This week the best golfers in the world from everywhere other than Europe congregate for the 9th Presidents Cup. The event will be held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, giving Aussie fans yet another week of terrific golf.
The United States has absolutely dominated the match up with the International team, compiling a 6-1-1 record in the events that have taken place. The International side did achieve their lone victory at the venue that will be played this week, when they defeated the Americans 20 ½ to 11 ½ in 1998.
The golf course is a very difficult test and will force the players to be at the top of their game. The players will play a Composite Course this week that will use 6 Holes from Royal Melbourne’s East Course and 12 Holes from the West. To help give you an understanding of how amazing these golf courses are, the West Course is ranked 7th in the world for courses that have access to public golfers. This means that after the pros are done with Royal Melbourne, you and the rest of your foursome can give it a try.
The Presidents Cup has a format much like the Ryder Cup, as the players will be pitted against each other in Four-Ball, Foursomes and Singles matches. * Note – all matches utilize a match play format (ie. 1up for wining a hole)
Four-Ball – Known to the common golfer as Best-Ball. The team will take the best score between the two teammates on each hole.
Foursome – Known to the common golfer as Alternate Shot. The teammates will alternate shots throughout the round using 1 ball.
Singles Matches – Exactly what it sounds like; a player from the International side will face off against a player from the American side.
Below I have listed the players that will be competing for both the International Team and the American Team. Beside the players I will list their previous Presidents Cup records.
International Team (captain Greg Norman)
Jason Day (1st Presidents Cup)
Adam Scott (8-10-2)
Charl Schwartzel (1st Presidents Cup)
KJ Choi (3-6)
Kyung-tae Kim (1st Presdients Cup)
Retief Goosen (11-10-3)
Geoff Ogilvy (4-5)
Ernie Els (16-12-2)
Y.E. Yang (2-2-1)
Ryo Ishikawa (3-2)
Aaron Baddeley (1st Presidents Cup) * Captains Pick
Robert Allenby (8-13-3) * Captains Pick
United States Team (captain Fred Couples)
Matt Kuchar (1st Presidents Cup)
Steve Stricker (9-6)
Dustin Johnson (1st Presidents Cup)
Webb Simpson (1st Presidents Cup)
Nick Watney (1st Presidents Cup)
Phil Mickelson (15-13-10)
Bubba Watson (1st Presidents Cup)
David Toms (6-7-1)
Hunter Mahan (4-4-1)
Jim Furyk (15-10-3)
Tiger Woods (18-11-1) *Captains Pick
Bill Haas (1st Presidents Cup) * Captains Pick
Now that you have an overview of the tournament and the golfers, lets get to my selection
We are going with the United States Team to win outright (-115). I feel they have the more talented team between the two sides. Much of the talk so far this week has been about how well some of the International team players are playing (most notably Jason Day, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Charl Schwartzel). I do however feel that the analysts are forgetting the outstanding years players like Nick Watney, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and Bill Haas had. The Americans also have the likes of Stricker, Mickelson and Woods to add to that group. I just feel that the Trophy will once again be returning home to the United States after yet another Presidents Cup victory for the Americans.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions about head to head match ups throughout Presidents Cup week.
Enjoy the golf everyone