US Team experience will be big advantage at Presidents Cup
The US Team has a rich tradition at the Presidents Cup -- led by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson against a seemingly overmatched International Team.
Only five of the US Team's 12 golfers have a career winning percentage above .500 at the Presidents Cup but that looks stellar compared to the International squad.
Only Ernie Els and Charl Schwartzel don't have losing records for the International Team. Here's a look at the two teams and career records at the Presidents Cup from each golfer:
: First apearance
Jason Dufner : First appearance
Bill Haas : 1-3-1
Zach Johnson : 4-5-0
Matt Kuchar : 1-3-1
Hunter Mahan : 8-5-1
Phil Mickelson : 18-14-10
Webb Simpson : 3-2-0
Brandt Snedeker : First appearance
Jordan Spieth: First appearance
Steve Stricker : 11-8-0
Tiger Woods : 20-14-1
Jason Day : 1-3-1
Brendon de Jonge : First appearance
Graham DeLaet : First appearance
Ernie Els: 17-16-2
Branden Grace : First appearance
Marc Leishman : First appearance
Hideki Matsuyama : First appearance
Louis Oosthuizen : First appearance
Charl Schwartzel: 3-1-1
Adam Scott : 10-13-2
Richard Sterne : First appearance
Do I want to face Jason Day, Angel Cabrera, or Adam Scott in a golf match? Normally I would say no, but these guys haven't exactly been killers in this format (maybe because they aren't playing Augusta?)
There are also some historical records on the line this week -- mostly from Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Mickelson will stretch his most matches played lead over Vijay Singh (right now it's 42-40). Currently Woods is tied for most wins ever in Presidents Cup history with Jim Furyk at 20. Lefty trails by two at 18 and Els is three back at 17.
Els also has a good chance to set the most matches lost record. He trails <player idref= by by just one going into this year's event.
Woods also shares the record for most singles matches won with five (with Jim Furyk).
The experience and dominance from the US side is overwhelming. That, of course, doesn't guarantee victory but it's often a good precursor for it.
This is a strange event in that the US team points to the Ryder Cup and says "that's the one we want" and yet it can't stop winning this one. Only one loss in nine tries (and one tie) and nobody expects that to change any time soon.
It will certainly take an upset as the US is the heavy favorite. Vegas has set the money line at -300 for the US (bet $300 to win $100) and +250 for the International Team (bet $100 to win $250).
It's not that the International Team won't win, it's just that with all the information in front of us and a deep history of not succeeding at this tournament, it would take a monster upset for it to happen.
Which means it will probably happen.
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