Presidents Cup 2019 Analysis
12th - 15th December
A Brief History of the Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup began in 1994 and the 2019 match will be the 14th edition. The inaugural Presidents Cup was held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia, USA. The American side was captained by Hale Irwin to a 20-12 win. Arnold Palmer then lead the USA to 16½ to 15½ victory at the same course two years later.
The International team claimed their one victory in the event at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 1998, with captain Peter Thomson leading his team to a 20½ to 11½ victory over a USA team lead by Jack Nicklaus.
Three years later, Ken Venturi lead the USA to victory, before the great adversaries Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player captained their sides to a draw in 2003. Nicklaus and Player captained their sides twice more, with Nicklaus winning on both occasions.
Fred Couples then captained the USA to three victories, two of which were over International sides captained by Greg Norman, including a match at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Couples then became the most successful Presidents Cup captain by beating a Nick Price captained side at Muirfield Village in 2013. Price failed twice more, losing to USA sides captained by Steve Stricker and Jay Haas.
The 2019 Presidents Cup Teams & Records
USA Team (Won-Lost-Drawn)
Tiger Woods 24-15-1
Dustin Johnson 8-4-2
Matt Kuchar (6-8-2)
Webb Simpson (5-3-2)
Patrick Reed (4-3-2)
Rickie Fowler (4-3-1)
Justin Thomas (3-1-1)
Xander Schauffele (debut)
Patrick Cantlay (debut)
Bryson DeChambeau (debut)
Gary Woodland (debut)
Tony Finau (debut)
International Team (Won-Lost-Drawn)
Adam Scott (14-20-5)
Louis Oosthuizen (7-5-3)
Hideki Matsuyama (4-6-3)
Marc Leishman (3-7-3)
Adam Hadwin (0-2-1)
Abraham Ancer (debut)
Haotong Li (debut)
CT Pan (debut)
Cameron Smith (debut)
Joaquin Niemann (debut)
Sungjae Im (debut)
Byeong Hun An (debut)
Presidents Cup Outright Betting & Predictions
The Bookies have priced up the USA team as the 2/5 favourites 2019 Presidents Cup, with the International team at 11/4, and the tie at 14/1.
If you’re looking to oppose the USA, you could argue the International team has won one of the two previous editions held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. But the USA did win by four points the last time it was held here in 2011.
There are also only three Australian players in the International Team and Adam Scott, Cameron Smith, and Marc Leishman have all spent most of their careers playing in the USA.
It’s possible to argue that plenty of members of the USA team come here out of form or having not played for a few weeks, but it’s hardly as though the members of the International team have been covering themselves in glory recently.
World Rankings also suggest the USA team is far superior. The highest ranked player is Matt Kuchar at 24, and the average ranking for the 12 players comes out at just over 12. Meanwhile, the international team has two players ranked outside the world’s top 50 and has an average ranking of over 40.
The USA team also has seven players who average over 50% wins in the Presidents Cup and just five rookies, whilst the international team has just one player that boasts a 50%+ average and seven rookies.
There’s also the matter of the USA team having won 10 of the previous 12 editions, which suggests even the 2/5 (1.40) on offer about a US Win offers some value.