Following the announcement of their colleague on Tuesday, Team USA unveiled the roster of six captains for the 2022 President’s Cup at Quayle Hollow in two weeks. Captain Davis Love III handled the twists and turns himself as prospective choice Will Zalatoris fell out of consideration following his withdrawal from the 2022 Tour Championship due to two herniated discs in his back.
Instead, Love’s chosen Jordan Spieth, Colleen Morikawa, Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Cameron Young and Kevin Kisner will wear red, white and blue at Charlotte. They join six automatic qualifiers Patrick Cantley, Xander Schaufel, Sam Burns, Scotty Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau to make up the 12 men responsible for defending the dramatic 2019 triumph at Royal Melbourne, led by Tiger Woods.
Burns is the only auto-qualifier to make his debut in the team competition, but he has been joined by several rookies from among the candidates selected by the captain. Although Spit is set to compete in his fourth Presidents Cup and eighth team event, this is the first Presidents Cup for four elections. Only Kisner has experience in the Presidents Cup, while Morikawa was an integral part of the American Ryder Cup team last fall.
Morikawa posted a 3-0-1 record in the 2021 Ryder Cup win at Whistling Straits, and Kisner was a member of the 2017 Presidents Cup team at Liberty National, where he posted a 2-0-2 record. A native of South Carolina and a top WGC Match Play player, Kisner was likely the final pick and beneficiary of Zalatoris’ injury.
“There are a lot of great players who excel in match play, but Kisner thrives on this format and I know he wants to compete at Quayle Hollow,” Love said. “As a native of South Carolina and one of the most popular players on the tour, he will bring a few vocal fans with him and help create an atmosphere that will appeal to our team.”
Homa had the strongest season of his career on the 2021-22 PGA Tour. Having won the Fortinet Championship and the Wells Fargo Championship, he became one of nine multiple winners of the season and scored hits in each area of the game for the first time in his career. Known for some of the best golfing on long classic courses, a return to Quayle Hollow – the site of his first career win in 2019 – should bring a newcomer a sense of comfort.
Horschel brings a fiery side to the American side that is usually reserved for players like Tomas. After not getting a phone call last fall about the Ryder Cup, the former FedEx Cup champion turned that disappointment into a win at the DP World Tour’s flagship event, the 2021 BMW PGA Championship, next week. The 35-year-old Horschel, who can throw punches in groups and won last summer at Muirfield Village, will be ready for his debut.
As does Yang, who seems wise beyond his years. Former Wake Forest Demon Deacon returns to NC State with a lot of confidence and play. The 25-year-old finished in the top three seven times in his first season on the PGA Tour, including his T3 finish at the PGA Championship and a second-place finish at The Open.
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Half of the US team boasts zero experience in this particular competition and will have to rely on their form, which is plenty. All but one player, world No. 26 Kisner, is in the top 20 of the official world golf rankings and is led by world No. 1 Scheffler, who will make his debut in the Presidents Cup.
This is in stark contrast to an international team that boasts only two top 20 players in the world and none of the top 40 players on the captains list. With the recent sacking of Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann from the team, the international side has seen its chances dwindle without sticking a peg in the ground.
Previously a -330 favorite on Caesars Sportsbook, Team USA is now a -500 favorite. Having won every Cup of Presidents on their home soil, bookmakers believe that this one will be no exception.