The History of the Presidents Cup and the Biggest Winners
The amazing biennial golf competition is back in 2019.
[From Tauro Sports] This world-class golf tournament has been around since 1994, alternating with the Ryder Cup each year. Basically, it’s America against the world (USA side vs. International side).
The United States side has won the event seven of the nine times the tournament has played and the two sides tied once. This year the Team United States is once again favored at Bookmaker and other top sportsbooks, and not by a small amount. At -250 they are sizable favorites. This year the Cup is back in Melbourne, Australia at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club during the week of December 9th through the 15th.
The format is quite similar to the Ryder Cup, but instead of being played in just three days, the Presidents Cup is played in four. It’s a match play scoring system with 12 players on each team. The teams are made up of eight players on each side who qualify through points, and the four remaining slots are chosen by the Team Captains, to round out the 12-man teams.
How the first eight qualify
The top eight on the FedEx Cup leaderboards from between the 2017 BMW Championship to the 2019 BMW Championship are automatics for the US Team. The Official World Golf Rankings points gathered from between the Dell Technologies Championship and the BMW Championship in 2019 decide the top eight for the International side.
For the US Team, the No. 1 points leader is Brooks Koepka, but his injury is putting him in doubt for this year’s event. His torn patella has been hankering him since March and he finally had stem-cell procedures performed in late August. But right off the bat, he slipped and injured it at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. Tiger Woods is the US Presidents Cup captain and he is keeping an eye on Koepka. “We’re waiting to see what the surgeons say, see what happens, what his protocols are going forward. That’s something he said he will keep me abreast of going forward,” – Woods
If Bubba can’t play, then instead of four captain’s picks, the US Team would get five. There is some speculation that Tiger may pick himself as the 5th pick. Generally speaking, the captain cannot play. But a fifth pick would change that.
The captain is Ernie Els with four assistants, K.J. Choi, Geoff Ogilvy, Trevor Immelman, and Mike Weir.
The eight points qualifiers are:
1 Marc Leishman 192.94
2 Hideki Matsuyama 187.11
3 Louis Oosthuizen 184.68
4 Adam Scott 180.30
5 Abraham Ancer 160.39
6 Li Haotong 128.63
7 Pan Cheng-tsung 125.77
8 Cameron Smith 124.17
United States Team
The Captain is Tiger Woods with four assistants: Fred Couples, Zach Johnson, and Steve Stricker.
The eight points qualifiers are:
1 Brooks Koepka 8,310
2 Justin Thomas 6,949
3 Dustin Johnson 6,643
4 Patrick Cantlay 5,898
5 Xander Schauffele 5,753
6 Webb Simpson 5,532
7 Matt Kuchar 5,520
8 Bryson DeChambeau 5,341
History of the Presidents Cup
The US side has dominated this event. But if there is one place where the International team has a shot at taking a Presidents Cup win from the US team, it’s here in Melbourne. The United States has smashed through six consecutive victories. The last time the International side won was way back in 1998. But on the bright side for them, their victory came at none other than Royal Melbourne Golf Club! They also tied in South Africa in 2003. So, the International Team tends to do better outside of US soil. And admittedly, the majority of the Presidents Cup events have been held within the contiguous United States.
In 2017, the US smashed their way to a 19-11 victory in Jersey City, New Jersey. In 2015 it was much closer. Team US won 15 ½ to 14 ¼ in South Korea. They won 18 ½ to 15 ½ in Dublin, Ohio in 2013 and 19 ½ to 14 ½ at Royal Melbourne Gold Club in 2011. But that 1998 victory for the International side was a massive 20 ½ to 11 ½ ousting. Can they give the US side some fierce competition this year? I believe so, especially if Bubba is out of the mix.