There is no doubt that the teams at the 2022 Presidents’ Cup look one-sided. It’s not necessarily true that the United States has the top 12 players and the international team has the bottom 12, but you can postulate something close to it and not be far from the truth.
There is also no doubt that this is a problem holding back interest in this year’s event. After the outrageously good 2019 Presidents Cup, it was entirely reasonable to believe that future Presidents Cups would be much closer than in the past, and perhaps even more competitive than the Ryder Cups.
With the arrival of international players such as Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann and Louis Ousthuisen to LIV Golf, this narrative has changed a bit. Nowhere is this more clear than in the rankings of individual players. If you look at the rosters as a whole, you might squint and maybe coax yourself into a competitive week. If you look at the ranking of players based on current form and past performance in team competitions, there is no chance.
2022 Presidents Cup Teams Ranking
1. Justin Thomas (USA): JT gains an advantage over Scotty Scheffler due to his incredible team play (10-2-3 in non-singles Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups). He knows what is expected of him and, unlike many talented athletes, he definitely wants to get the ball when the lights come on.
2. Scotty Sheffler (USA): Two weeks ago, the world’s No. 1 player deservedly received the PGA Tour Player of the Year award. Although he hasn’t won since the Masters, his shot count has remained the same and his level of play outside of putting hasn’t dropped much. He’s probably ready to take on a huge workload in team competition in the US.
3. Xander Schauffele (USA): Whatever one may say, Schauffele is one of the top three players in this tournament for the last six months. He is dangerous on both the grill and the green, and has a career record of 6-3-0 in US tag team events, including a 4-0-0 in a four-man game with Patrick Cantley (whom he would frequently pair with). this week). .
4. Sungjae Im (International): It might be a stretch for Im, but I’m trying to find hope for Trevor Immelman’s team and I play fantastic golf. He’s second in the field in hitting the ball in the last 20 rounds and nearly won the Tour championship over Sheffler and Rory McIlroy. No one on either team has scored more than the 3.5 points he scored in 2019 at Royal Melbourne.
5. Tony Finau (USA): One of last year’s Ryder Cup bright stars has also been one of the best players in the world over the past six months. Finau is second only to Scheffler and Schauffel in terms of the number of ball hits in the last six months.
6. Patrick Cantley (USA): He’s been good on this pitch, good in match play in team competitions, and overall he’s been great in the last two months. There are many things to like. Cantley and Finau are the only players to average at least 0.3 strokes per round in all four categories (driving, approaching, playing around the green and putting).
7. Max Homa (USA): After his fifth win last week in Napa, California, he is turning into his first-ever tag team event that he should excel at. It helps that he has already won Quail Hollow and has been one of the top six players in that tournament over the past 20 rounds.
8. Cameron Young (USA): He was the longest-serving player in this tournament in the past 12 months, with only Taylor Pendrith coming close to him. According to Data Golf, Young has the biggest hit on the course of 24 golfers who will take part in the game this week. If he is paired with Tony Finau, it will be an absolute stroke of luck.
9. Jordan Spieth (USA): He showed real glimpses of his old iron game, but lately the stick hasn’t been magic (to put it mildly). I’m sure he’ll play solid, but I’m not going to yell it from the rooftops like I did in past tag team events because last season was statistically the worst season of his PGA Tour career.
10. Sam Burns (USA): Burns cooled off a bit at the end of last season and hasn’t been a good striker in the last few months. However, he seems perfectly set for the match at Quayle Hollow (a long, great iron player who hits well) and should thrive in his group along with Scheffler, Billy Horschel and Kevin Kisner.
11. Hideki Matsuyama (International): The 2021 Masters champion is up for his fifth Presidents Cup. He has the second highest number of Quayle Hollow shots of anyone in this tournament, behind only Thomas and just ahead of Spit and Billy Horschel.
12. Adam Scott (International): Last season ended with two top fives in the last four starts. However, his overall record at the Presidents’ Cup is 16-22-6, which isn’t great given that most of it came in the middle of his career. He also continues to insist that he dress like a father for the event.
13. Colleen Morikawa (USA): How scary is it that the US has a two-time big winner at such a low level? International teams don’t have a single multiple major tournament winner, and the US could put someone who did last year as their 10th best player.
14. Corey Conners (INT): How do you like the first Conners Presidential Cup?! He’s a great striker (fifth in the game in the last 20 rounds), but a short game can keep him from winning many matches and can be a problem on alternate throws.
15. Tom Kim (International): Perhaps this is the biggest difference between floor and ceiling among all those who work in this field. Kim is an outstanding iron player (the best player on the field in the last 20 rounds) and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win two or three matches against players who outperform him without a tee (which is the majority).
16. Billy Horschel (USA): A year of ups and downs for Horschel, who won the Memorial but also failed to make the top 20 on the PGA Tour after that via the Tour Championship. Quayle Hollow doesn’t really fit him statistically, but I also wouldn’t want to face him in match play at any point.
17. Cameron Davis (INT): Consider me intrigued here. He is one of the four or five longest players on the field and one of the few international players who has the firepower to keep up with most American guys. He also finished this final PGA Tour season with five top 20s in his last six starts. He will probably prove to be a good choice for Immelmann.
18. Taylor Pendrit (Intl): Like Davis, he was clearly chosen because of his height, but he also hits his glands pretty well and had six top 15 finishes in his last seven PGA Tour starts last season (T67 at the Fortinet Championship last week).
19. Si Woo Kim (International): His putting has been frighteningly bad lately, but you know he has the talent to take on anyone the US can throw at him. Always unknown at events like this, but who could forget how he screamed “shhhhh” at the 2017 Presidents’ Cup with his team on Sunday lost two touchdowns.
20. Mito Pereira (Intl): The PGA near-championship winner has had a strong season but hasn’t had a top 40 in the last six tournaments and hasn’t brought much kicking momentum to Quayle Hollow.
21. Kevin Kisner (USA): He’s been the worst hitter on the field in the last 12 months, and a lot of that is due to him being the shortest player off the court by quite a wide margin (although Christian Bezuidenhout and Tom Kim are close). In fact, Kisner can be clean in match play, as he does at the WGC event, but on paper, he’s not a very good fit for the course.
22. K. H. Lee (International): He hit the top 10 after winning the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament earlier this year.
23. Sebastian Munoz (IN): He missed the top 10 after his T3 at AT&T Byron Nelson earlier this year.
24. Christian Bezuidenhout (INT): He is one of two golfers who have had a negative number of strokes in the last 20 rounds (the other being Kisner). It won’t work in Quayle Hollow.