The 2022 President’s Cup has finally arrived after three long years of waiting. The heavily favored US team is looking to hold on to the cup after a dramatic 16-14 victory over Royal Melbourne in 2019, while a promising international team will shock the golf world.
In the time since the last event, the US has revamped its arsenal and introduced young stars such as Scotty Sheffler, Sam Burns, Colleen Morikawa, Cameron Young and Max Homa. They will play in unison with familiar faces like Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau as all 12 Americans make it to the top 25 of OWGR.
While the Americans added firepower, the international team lost some of its own. Instead of losing to Sonja Im, Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott will lead their team to the Quail Hollow Club and hope to develop a near victory in the International Presidents Cup, the first since 1998 and only the second ever.
The international team of eight rookies is a huge underdog in Charlotte. While not uncommon, this year’s President’s Cup brings a new sensation as it finally looks like the American counterparts are ready to dethrone the 11-time champions. In the presence of external forces, it is likely that a one-sided affair will occur.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know for the upcoming week at Quail Hollow.
Schedule, format of the Presidents Cup 2022
All Eastern Times
Thursday: Four of us – from 13 to 18 hours.
Friday: Fourball – from 11:30 to 18:00.
Saturday: Forces and phorballs – from 7:00 to 18:00.
Sunday: Single games – from 12 to 18 hours.
Fourball: Teams of two compete against each other, with each member playing their own golf ball. Each side will take the lower of the two scores for that particular hole. For example: if Jordan Spit makes a birdie and teammate Justin Thomas makes a scarecrow and Sonja Im and Hideki Matsuyama par, Team USA wins the hole.
foursome: The more complex of the two command formats. Teammates will play one golf ball and alternate shots until the hole is covered. Players disable tee shots regardless of who made the last tee on the previous hole. Generally, the best iron players line up to start the game on the most par 3, while the strong drivers start par 5. The scoring remains the same and is the standard game of the match.
Singles: Head-to-head matches over 18 holes. What can be seen on the US Amateur or WGC Match Play.
2022 Presidents Cup Teams
K. H. Lee
Si Woo Kim
Presidents Cup Course 2022
The Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina was a regular on the PGA Tour, hosting the annual Wells Fargo Championship. Redesigned by Tom Fazio in 2016 in preparation for the PGA Championship, it measures 7,576 yards and plays at a par of 71. The Green Mile, known for its final stretch of holes #16-18, has been moved up the scoreboard and will be played at #71. 13-15 so that the participants can see them in the match format.
History of the Presidents Cup
With a victory at Royal Melbourne in 2019, the USA posted an 11-1-1 record in the Presidents’ Cup. Despite the uneven win total, there have been several close matches in recent memory, including a 16-14 fight in 2019 and a 15.5-14.5 fight in South Korea in 2015. The international team struggled hard on US soil and did not score two points after the second Presidents’ Cup in 1996.
Odds for the Cup of Presidents-2022, favorites
There are a lot of side bets on the President’s Cup and Caesars Sportsbook has provided a few options to indulge in. Here are three of my favorites.
1. Top scorer – Im Sungjae (18-1): He is the best player in the international team and will have to play all five sessions to get a chance. I love how he fits the role in Quail Hollow, and I could see him paired up with Tom Kim, which would form a formidable South Korean duo.
2. Winner of the 1st day – Draw (25/4): If the teams are close in any session, it should be the very first. With no expectations, the away team will be free to roam Quayle Hollow and field their strongest squad. With more than 6-1, I don’t mind telling him to leave the pitch on Thursday.
3. Winner of the 2nd day – USA (4/9): The cost of 2/15 to the US for winning the Presidents’ Cup is high, so target them in your preferred team format instead. The U.S. has been successful in fourball over the years and there should be no change this time around given the substantial advantage in skill and continuity.
Pairings to watch
Not Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth: While they may be best friends, they also absorb each other’s skills. Their partnership was one of the few developments in USA’s 2021 Ryder Cup victory and it may be time to split the two most experienced members of this team.
Hideki Matsuyama vs. Justin Thomas in singles: These two fought at the 2017 PGA Championship at Quayle Hollow and I would love to see them bounce back. This can easily turn into a commemorative kicking exhibition.
Cameron Young and Colleen Morikawa: Dustin Johnson won the 2021 Ryder Cup 5-0-0 thanks in part to a partnership with Morikawa. Young, being far enough from the target and experienced on the green, it would seem that he could fill the void left by Johnson. This could be the start of a very long and successful marriage for two 25 year olds.
Presidents Cup Prediction 2022
It’s hard to imagine that the US won’t win this Presidents’ Cup, but I believe it won’t be as easy as many people think. Flying out of the gate on Thursday, the Americans figured it out over the weekend and won 17.5-12.5.