Many pundits projected the Americans to collect an easy victory at the Presidents Cup, but entering the fourth day of action in Australia, sportsbooks have the odds to win the tournament split down the middle for both sides.
Both Team U.S.A. and the International team have a +110 chance to emerge triumphant at Bovada, with the odds of a tie coming in at +700. Entering the tournament, the Americans were the heavy -275 favorites, with the Internationals coming back as +275 underdogs.
Facing a 9-5 deficit going into foursomes play, the U.S. team notched a pair of wins on Day 3. The Americans now trail the Internationals 10-8 entering Saturday’s singles matchups.
Woods Removes Himself from Fourball Play
Tiger Woods, who’s serving as the first playing captain in 25 years, took himself out of the lineup Saturday morning for fourballs and sat himself in the afternoon. “You have to do what’s best for the team,” Woods said after the round. “And I’m getting ready for the singles tomorrow.” Woods was playing with Justin Thomas but decided to replace himself with Rickie Fowler, as the duo took down Marc Leishman and Haotong Li with ease.
Ancer is Dazzling in Australia
The biggest surprise of the Presidents Cup so far is easily Abraham Ancer. Ancer is 3-0 with three different partners so far and now has a head-to-head matchup with Woods ahead of him in Round 4.
The fourth round gets underway at 6:02 p.m. ET Saturday. Can the Internationals continue to impress down under, or will the Americans storm back and take the lead? Have your say in the comment section.
The International team entered the 2019 Presidents Cup as a major underdog, but after an impressive opening round in Australia, the Internationals have evened up the odds at sportsbooks.
The Internationals opened the tournament with a shocking 4-1 lead in fourball play, and Bovada is now giving both them and the Americans a +110 shot to emerge triumphant down under. The odds of a tie were sitting at +1000 as of Thursday morning. Prior to the tournament, the Americans were the heavy -275 favorites, with the Internationals coming back as +275 dogs.
Woods, Thomas are the Lone Americans to Win on Day 1
Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas were the only Americans to pick up a win on Wednesday, knocking off Australian Marc Leishman and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann by a score of 4&3. This is the first time the Internationals have held the lead after the opening round since 2005. Team USA went on to win 18.5-15.5 that year.
The second round gets underway Thursday at 7:02 p.m. ET, with Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott taking on Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
Do you think the Americans will storm back and even things up in Round 2, or can the Internationals shock the world and increase their lead? Have your say in the comment section below.
It may not possess the glitz and glamor of the Ryder Cup, but the 2019 edition of the Presidents Cup presents a litany of betting opportunities for golf bettors in an otherwise quiet time of the year for the sport. According to sportsbooks, the United States is the heavy favorite to win the trophy for the 11th time over the International team.
The Americans are listed as -275 chalk at Bovada to emerge triumphant at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. The International team is coming back as a +275 underdog, with the odds of a tie priced at +1400. The shop has also released odds on the top American, International and overall points scorer, which you can find below.
Internationals Have Had Success in Australia
This is the third time Royal Melbourne has been the setting for the Presidents Cup, having previously hosted the tournament in 1998 and 2011. The 1998 event remains the only win for the International team since the Presidents Cup was established in 1994, with Team USA winning every other time outside of a tie in 2003.
Team USA is coming back to the Presidents Cup on the heels of a lopsided 19-11 victory in 2017 at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. Tiger Woods is set to captain the American side for the first time in his storied career, while Ernie Els will lead the charge for the Internationals. Woods chose Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker as his assistants. Els opted for K.J. Choi, Geoff Ogilvy, Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir to be by his side down under.
The International team roster is determined by the top eight players with the most Official World Golf Ranking points between August 27, 2018 (Dell Technologies Championship) and August 18, 2019 (BMW Championship) along with four captain’s picks. The number of captain’s picks was increased from two to four since the 2017 tournament.
Team USA is Stacked
The American team roster features the eight players who earned the most official FedExCup points from the 2017 BMW Championship to the 2019 BMW Championship, with points earned in the 2018-19 PGA Tour campaign counting double, along with four captain’s picks.
Teeing it up for the International team will be Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Abraham Ancer, Li Haotong, Pan Cheng-tsung and Cameron Smith. Countering for the United States are Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler.
Fowler replaced Brooks Koepka, who was initially slated to tee it up for the Americans but withdrew from the tournament on November 20 due to a knee injury.
Captain’s Picks are In
Els announced on November 7 that Sungjae Im, Adam Hadwin, Joaquin Niemann and Jason Day were his captain’s picks for the International team. The next day, Woods chose himself, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland to compete for the American side.
Just how lopsided is the Presidents Cup looking? All four of the United States captain’s picks are ranked higher in the world rankings than every single player on the International team’s 12-man roster.
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