Presidents Cup Picks

By Tom Wilkinson

The United States is heavily favored to win the Presidents Cup which begins on Thursday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. This year’s competition really looks like a mismatch, as the U.S. team is loaded, while the International team looks weak. Both teams will have a lot of newcomers, as there will be 14 players making their first Presidents Cup appearance, eight on the International side and six on the U.S. side. The U.S. team is led by World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, while the International team is led by Hideki Matsuyama.


Format: The Presidents Cup starts on Thursday and concludes on Sunday. There will be five Foursomes matches played Thursday, followed by five Four-ball competitions on Friday. Saturday is the only day with two rounds, as there will be four Foursomes matches on Saturday morning and four Four-ball matches in the afternoon. The event concludes with 12 singles matches on Sunday. There are 30 matches so it will take 15.5 points to win the Cup as each match is worth one point. There is no playoff, so each team receives a half-point for matches tied after 18 holes. The teams will share the Cup if the matches end in a 15-15 tie. The U.S. team is looking to win their ninth straight Presidents Cup.


Venue: Quail Hollow Club is a par 71 that measures 7,571 yards. It has been a long time stop on the PGA Tour for the Wells Fargo Championship, but this year the course was prepped for the Presidents Cup. The “Green Mile” is known as holes 13-15 and they should be prominently featured this week.

U.S. Team: Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Cameron Young.


Captain: Davis Love III


International Team: Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, Tom Kim, Corey Conners, Adam Scott, Mito Pereira, Taylor Pendrith, KH Lee, Sebastian Munoz, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Si Woo Kim and Cam Davis.


Captain: Trevor Immelman


LAST TIME: The last Presidents Cup took place at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in mid-December 2019 and it was the U.S. squad rallying on the final day to win 16-14. Team USA was down 10-8 heading into the Sunday singles, but they came back to win. Tiger Woods went 3-0-0 in an impressive effort as playing captain, while Justin Thomas earned the most points for the American side with 3.5. Abraham Ancer and Sungjae Im earned the most points for the Internationals with 3.5 each.


TV Coverage: NBC & Golf Channel


Presidents Cup Odds

USA   -715

Internationals   +550

Tie   +1800


BetRivers Sportsbook ReviewTop Combined Points Scorer

Scottie Scheffler   +700

Xander Schauffele   +750

Patrick Cantlay   +750

Justin Thomas   +1000

Sam Burns    +1000

Jordan Spieth   +1000

Collin Morikawa   +1300

Max Homa   +1400

Tony Finau   +1400

Cameron Young   +1800

Sungjae Im   +1800

Hideki Matsuyama   +1800

Adam Scott   +1800

Joo Hyung Kim   +2600

Billy Horschel   +2900

Corey Conners   +2900

Taylor Pendrith   +2900

Si Woo Kim   +4000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout   +5000

Cam Davis   +5000

Kevin Kisner   +5000

Sebastian Munoz   +5500

K.H. Lee   +6500

Mito Pereira   +6500


Presidents Cup Picks

I say every week that there is no value in betting on the favorite in terms of overall golf odds to win the tournament, but there actually may be some value in betting on the U.S. in this event. The U.S. team is simply far better on paper than the International team and this competition shouldn’t be close. That being said, I still can’t lay the huge price. I do, however, think there can be some value in taking a couple of players to be the top points scorer.


Justin Thomas +1000

I am surprised that Thomas is listed at double-digit odds. He loves playing Quail Hollow and he should dominate his matches this week. I will take him at these odds to be the top scorer.


Max Homa +1400

There isn’t anyone hotter than Homa right now, as he won last week. He has three wins in the last 12 months and he won at Quail Hollow in 2019. I’ll take Homa at 14-1 in golf betting odds.


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