Preview – 12th Presidents Cup – Jack Nicklaus Golf Club – Incheon, South Korea –
South Korea hosts the 12th Presidents Cup this week at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon.
The U.S. team – headlined by a youth movement including World No. 1 Jordan Spieth Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed – takes on the International team led by Captain Nick Price featuring Jason Day and Adam Scott.
Jay Haas captains the U.S. team, which is a 1-to-2 betting favorite at skybet.com.
The U.S. leads the overall tally 9-1-1, which is apparently a source of frustration for the International players. As expected, the U.S. dominance is causing some feathers to wrestle, but sources are leaking grumblings about key international players perhaps skipping the cup in the future unless the squad wins or is competitive this time around.
Price said this week is “very, very important” for the Presidents Cup future.
The opening matches Thursday include five four-some matches – alternate shot. The U.S. team is sitting Bill Haas and Chris Kirk, while the International team sits Sang Moon Bae and Charl Schwartzel.
J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson (U.S.) take on Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama to tee off the competition at 11:05 a.m. local time. The Golf Channel has the coverage in the states.
An interesting pair to close out the opening session for the U.S. team features Spieth and Dustin Johnson. The duo turned the most heads this summer dueling for the U.S. Open. It was DJ, who three-putted from 12 feet to lose the championship to Spieth. Now, they are playing together in alternate shot.
The course measures more than 7,300 yards as a par 72 and features large greens. With wide fairways, the layout is considered a second-shot course.
For Spieth, he is 0-2 in singles competition at the Presidents Cup. For World No. 2 Jason Day, the International squad has him paired with Steven Bowditch in Match Four against Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson.
Other Golf News:
- The European Tour hosts the British Masters in England. Francesco Molinari and Shane Lowry are co-favorites as 16-1 betting picks.
- Shanshan Feng defends her title at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia this week. Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko are all competing. Ko is the betting favorite as a 4-1 selection.
- The U.S. squad boasts five Top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, while the International team features just one.
- The Champions Tour hosts the SAS Championship in North Carolina. Colin Montgomerie (5-1) and Bernhard Langer (5 1/2-1) are among the expected contenders. Jeff Maggert, a 12-1 pick, leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings.