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2022 Presidents Cup teams: Breaking down how new-look United States may power through international side

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The 2022 Presidents Cup is finally back after a three-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was last seen at Royal Melbourne in Australia in the winter of 2019. A dramatic duel between an international outsider group and the beloved US team played out very dramatically.

As the international team took a two-point lead in singles on Sunday, all scores were on the table. Team USA, led by captain Tiger Woods, prevailed, winning the Sunday session 8-4 and the overall match 16-14. Having improved its record to 11-1-1 in the history of the Presidents Cup, it was believed that the USA was finally caught in terms of skill, analytical prowess and strategy in this competition.

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Fast forward to the present, and not only are there new faces, the aura around the event has changed. The upstart international team is no longer an annoying underdog, but rather a team holding on to strings after LIV Golf poached key cornerstones Abraham Unser, Louis Ousthuizen, Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann.

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In their place came young, hungry players hoping to prove Captain Trevor Immelman right and the general golfing community wrong. The international team is tasked with defeating a massive American roster that includes last year’s Fortinet Championship winner Max Homa, a slew of major champions, and loads of firepower.

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Can the experience of Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott lead an international team in a David vs. Goliath matchup? How will young rookies Cameron Young and Sam Burns fare in their first show in the US? In any case, will it be a competitive contest? The answers to these questions lie on the shoulders of 24 people, and depending on their game, the answers may vary.

2022 US Presidents Cup team

Golf playerOGGRPC/RC Recordingperformances in the USABest Finish: Quail Hollow

Scotty Sheffler

one

2-0-1

2nd

Patrick Cantley

four

6-2-1

3rd

T33

Xander Schauffele

5

6-3-0

3rd

T14

Justin Thomas

7

12-4-3

5th

1st

Colleen Morikawa

9

3-0-1

2nd

Sam Burns

12

0-0-0

1st

T55

Jordan Spit

13

16-12-4

8th

T28

Tony Finau

fourteen

3-4-3

4th

T16

Billy Horschel

fifteen

0-0-0

1st

T33

Max Homa

16

0-0-0

1st

1st

Cameron Young

eighteen

0-0-0

1st

Kevin Kisner

25

2-0-2

2nd

T6

After Homa’s Napa victory and Kevin Kisner’s slight rise, all 12 US players were in the top 25 of the official world golf rankings. At 11.6 on average, this is a strong front that is sure to give international players everything they can handle. Despite this depth of talent, they are a relatively young group in terms of experience.

Neither Woods nor Dustin Johnson at the helm, Jordan Spieth became the dressing room president. Taking on this leadership role alongside their good friend Justin Thomas, they will play 13 games together in the US before they turn 30.

This equals the number of appearances by Homa, Kisner, Young, Burns, Billy Horschel, Collin Morikawa, Scotty Sheffler and Patrick Cantley. Thomas must have fond memories of Quail Hollow as he won his first PGA Championship here in 2017. Homa also took his first PGA Tour win in Charlotte, but aside from them and Kisner, the other nine have yet to reach the top. 10 result.

So while on paper this US team should come up with a landslide victory, there are definitely cracks in their armor that an international team can reveal. With just five new players required after the 2021 Ryder Cup, current form, continuity and home track advantage are all in the hands of the US, but high hopes too.

2022 International Presidents Cup Team

Golf playerOGGRPC/RC RecordingInternational appearancesBest Finish: Quail Hollow

Hideki Matsuyama

17

6-7-4

5th

T5

Sunjae Im

19

3-1-1

2nd

T31

Tom Kim

22

0-0-0

1st

Corey Conners

26

0-0-0

1st

T42

Adam Scott

thirty

16-22-6

10th

3rd

K. H. Lee

43

0-0-0

1st

T58

Myth Pereira

49

0-0-0

1st

MS

Sebastian Munoz

63

0-0-0

1st

T38

Cameron Davis

66

0-0-0

1st

T26

Christian Bezuidenhout

67

0-0-0

1st

Si Woo Kim

76

1-2-0

2nd

MS

Taylor Pendrit

109

0-0-0

1st

The turnover since 2019 is evident as Matsuyama, Scott and Sungjae-im are the only players to have competed at Royal Melbourne. Factor in Si-woo Kim’s participation in the Liberty National in 2017, and the South Korean rounds out the short list of players who have been members of past international teams.

Scott is set to play in his 10th Presidents Cup as he has been a mainstay of the tournament since the early 2000s. Having made it to the Tour Championship from outside the top 70, the Aussie is in great form and is still on the hunt for his first team win since his debut in 2003 when it was played 17-17.

With little team experience behind them and an average world rating of 48.9, I wouldn’t say international players are completely done as they faced a similar challenge in 2019. Half of them have won the PGA Tour in their last two seasons with Tom Kim. winning the 2022 Wyndham Championship was the most recent. His compatriot Im was a fast run to the Tour Championship, almost stole the FedEx Cup from Rory McIlroy, and he’ll have to serve as a catalyst if they want the unbelievable to happen.

Im, Matsuyama and Scott will likely play every session, as will the Conners, despite their first time. Captain Immelman will have to rely on what little experience he has and combine it with the scoring ability of Munoz, Lee, Davis and others. If this can be done effectively, there is a path to victory, albeit a narrow one.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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