Presidents Cup 2022: How the United States aims to win their ninth straight trophy against the international team

This is always that time of year when Americans interested in the world of golf ask themselves questions like: How can we win this year’s team event? That was true of the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia and last year’s Ryder Cup in Wisconsin. But this year at the Presidents Cup 2022 in Charlotte? The better question might be: How on earth could the Americans lose?

Although the Presidents Cup has become more competitive in recent years – the USA actually trailed 9-5 after Saturday morning’s session in Australia – this year’s edition does not follow suit. Every player on the American side is ranked higher in the official world golf rankings than all but three golfers on the international team. USA is favored in most matchups on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and could be favored in all of them on Sunday in singles play.

According to Caesars Sportsbook, if you want to win back a meager $100, you have to bet $750 on the Stars and Stripes.

Of course, you don’t win championships on paper, but this US team has the experience to quench hope when things so much as simmer in the dressing room across from them. Only Sam Burns, Billy Horschel, Cameron Young and Max Homa are new to the US side, and they have won six PGA Tour events combined since last year’s Ryder Cup. However, the threat of losing for the first time in this century is certainly something captain Davis Love III is well aware of and worried about.

“Statistically, yes, we have a higher-ranked team, but I know a couple of these young guys on their team, and they’re going to come with a chip on their shoulder and together,” Love said this week. “I think what we talked about is that we both have 12 guys that support the PGA Tour that want to play in the Presidents Cup and are excited to be on those teams. It doesn’t matter who is the favorite in the game play. That’s why we only play it — we only play it once in the regular season because you never know what’s going to happen. So we understand all of this and are prepared for it.”

Internationally, only Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim have all played in a Presidents Cup before, and none of them ever lifted a trophy at the end of the week. Captain Trevor Immelman tries his best to use inexperience to his advantage.

“I think it’s pretty clear that we’re the underdogs,” Immelman said. “We’ve generally competed in this competition over the years, so it’s a day we’re used to. But the really exciting part for us is that I think it frees us to answer your question directly because we have nothing to do with it. If you look at our record in this tournament and compare our world rankings to their world rankings, we have absolutely nothing to lose.

“So we can go out there and play as free as we want, free as we can and see if we can match the crazy good skills the Americans are showing us week in and week out. The excitement really comes from the point of view, if you’re a young kid growing up outside of the US or Europe and didn’t get a chance to play the Americans until the 90’s when the Presidents Cup was created, now is This is our you’re a young kid who wants to reach the highest level, you want to be on the PGA Tour, you want to play in major championships and compete against the best, we’re going to have that opportunity this week on American soil.”

The exact American soil they are attempting to conquer poses another dilemma for Immelman and his team. Quail Hollow Golf Club strongly favors the much longer shots on the US side. Of the 12 players who have been off the tee the longest in the last 12 months, nine of them are wearing red, white and blue. That’s always a problem, but the problem is compounded because Quail Hollow disproportionately rewards distance compared to some other courses where the Presidents Cup has been played.

There are a thousand reasons why the US should win its ninth straight Presidents Cup this week in Quail Hollow, and all of them are compelling. There’s only one reason the international team, against all odds, managed to claim their first win since 1998, and it’s perhaps the most romantic of all. The international team could pull off one of the great surprises in the history of golf because – every few years or maybe decades – something inexplicable happens in the world of sport and documentaries and movies are made forever about it.

The 1983 America’s Cup was brought to love on Tuesday. It’s a famous yacht race that the US hadn’t lost for 132 years but lost a 3-1 lead over the Australians in the 1983 best-of-seven final. There’s a great documentary on Netflix about what’s now called the Race of the Century. Love didn’t disavow the Match of the Century, which was held in North Carolina this week, nor did he delve into its likelihood or likelihood.

In other words, it’s something he knows could happen but probably won’t. However, as an unbiased third party, I would say the odds This Reduction of the international team This American team at This Golf course this week with the experience, talent and leadership that the US has is almost nil. As good as nothing. Too small to be measured. So it won’t happen. But do you know what if it were?

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