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2022 Presidents Cup Predictions and Betting Odds

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Presidents Cup Betting Preview

After a three-year hiatus caused by the Covid pandemic, the Presidents Cup returns this weekend with the United States as a strong favorite over their international counterparts. WagerTalk golf handicapper Nick Borrman takes a look at the format for this year’s event, with recommended wagers and betting strategy.

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Presidents Cup Betting Notes
When: September 22-25, 2022
Where: Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina
Defending Champ: United States Won 16-14 in 2019
Current Favorite(s): USA is a -700 Favorite on the 3-Way Line at DraftKings
TV: Golf Channel and Peacock on Thursday and Friday; NBC on Saturday and Sunday

It feels nice to begin the season with an outright winner on Max Homa +1600 last week in California. It was certainly the most unlikely finish I’ve seen on the PGA Tour in a long time, but fortunes went Homa’s (and our) way and I’m not complaining.

This week is a totally different animal with golf betting as we focus on daily matchups. While form is still something to pay attention to, the formats that are being played along with team chemistry often trump pure golf talent.

USA | Captain: Davis Love III International | Captain: Trevor Immelman
Scottie Scheffler | Rookie Hideki Matsuyama | 5th
Patrick Cantlay | 2nd Sunjae Im | 2nd
Xander Schauffele | 2nd Joohyung “Tom” Kim | Rookie
Justin Thomas | 3rd Corey Conners | Rookie
Collin Morikawa | Rookie Adam Scott | 10th
Sam Burns | Rookie K.H. Lee | Rookie
Jordan Spieth | 4th Mito Pereira | Rookie
Tony Finau | 2nd Sebastian Munoz | Rookie
Billy Horschel | Rookie Cam Davis | Rookie
Max Homa | Rookie Christiaan Bezuidenhout | Rookie
Cameron Young | Rookie Si Woo Kim | 2nd
Kevin Kisner | 2nd Taylor Pendrith | Rookie

The Presidents Cup Rosters

If you can’t tell by looking at the teams this week, this President’s Cup is littered with inexperience as there are a combined 14 rookies out of the 24 participants this week. In fact, only four players have more than one other President’s Cup appearance, although for Team USA, there are a few with Ryder Cup experience as well.

It’s clear why the bookmakers have instilled the Americans as heavy favorites this week. The average OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking) of the 12 players on Team USA is 11.6 compared to the International Team at an average of 48.9. LIV has robbed the Internationals of several high-ranking players including [#3] Cam Smith, [#21] Joaquin Niemann and [#24] Abraham Ancer.

The only player missing for Team USA is [#23] Dustin Johnson, although he wouldn’t have even been in the mix if [#8] Will Zalatoris wasn’t injured, which only highlights how strong this American squad is.

Quail Hollow

Quail Hollow is host to the Wells Fargo Championship every year so most of the guys have plenty of experience on the course. Quail Hollow is one of the longest-tenured tracks on the PGA Tour stretching to well over 7,500 yards.

The Wells Fargo Championship features a brutal finishing stretch nicknamed The Green Mile with holes 16, 17 and 18 playing as a par-4-3-4. However, those holes have been re-routed this week to play as holes 13, 14 and 15 to all but guarantee they will come into play for every match.

If the Wells Fargo Championship has taught us anything, it’s that Quail Hollow is a difficult track with an averaging winning score of just 10-under par over the last six tournaments. With that in mind, both teams would be wise to be patient and understand that par is a good score and pushing for birdie may not be the best strategy like it is for most partner events.

Presidents Cup Format

Thursday | (5) Foursomes matches (alternate shot)
Friday | (5) Four-balls matches (better ball)
Saturday | (4) Foursomes matches in the morning & (4) Four-balls matches in the afternoon
Sunday | (12) Singles matches

Nick’s Betting Favorites

There aren’t many ways to get down on some action before the matches start on Thursday. Unless you want to lay -700 on the Americans, figuring out who will earn the most points or which team might win any given session are your best options. So, without further ado…

Singles Day Winner: Team USA -225 (DraftKings)
Certainly not sexy, but I’m not laying -700. With only five matches on Thursday and Friday, variance to the unexpected could certainly trip the Americans up and cost them in terms of “winning the day” whereas being able to play a longer sample size of 12 matches on Sunday, should see the better American team win more than they lose, regardless of the situation heading into Sunday.

Whether the Presidents Cup hangs in the balance heading into the singles matches or Team USA has already locked it up, there may only be one or two possible match pairings that would see the Internationals favored in any single match. Sungjae over Kisner, anyone?

Top Team USA Point Scorer: Scottie Scheffler +550 (DraftKings)
The first step in picking a top point scorer is figuring out which guys are most likely to play in all five sessions and it’s hard to see DL3 not putting Scottie on the course at every opportunity. While this is Scheffler’s first President’s Cup, he did go unbeaten earning 2.5 points in his three matches played at last year’s Ryder Cup. Of course, that was before he was a Masters champion, four-time Tour winner, World No. 1 and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year. A lot can happen in a year!

While we don’t know any pairings at this point, DL3 may be wise to forge the all-Texan pairing of Scheffler and Spieth which could certainly spark some fireworks for the Americans.

See you next week for the return of the PGA Tour’s weekly grind at the Sanderson Farms Championship!

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Golf Betting Tips

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Meet the Author

Nick Borrman fell in love with professional ‘football’ (as anyone outside of the United States would refer to it) the first time he attended an MLS match. Now, he uses statistical analysis as well as current trends to successfully find value on soccer matches across the globe. Borrman focuses much of his attention on the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and Serie A, as well as the most prestigious tournament of them all, the Champions League. Borrman derives many of his plays from his model forecasts and releases plays several days ahead of time to consistently beat line moves.

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