CHARLOTT, North Carolina. The US Presidents Cup team includes five of the top ten players in the official world golf rankings. Nine of them are in the top 15, which is a record for a single team in the history of the tournament.

The international team does not have them after Australian Cameron Smith, the third-best player in the world and winner of The Open, switched to the new LIV golf course at the end of August.

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History is also on the side of the Americans. They have won 11 of the last 13 Presidents’ Cup competitions, losing only once and drawing once more. Many of the same American players were on the Ryder Cup team that thrashed the Europeans 19-9 at Whistling Straits a year ago, becoming the first team to score 19 points and win by 10 points in this more historic event.

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Add to that the fact that the Presidents’ Cup has been played on American soil, at Quail Hollow, in front of thousands of American fans since Thursday, and it’s easy to see why the Americans have won once again.

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“I think it’s pretty obvious that we’re underdogs,” said international team captain Trevor Immelman. “Usually we’ve been in this competition for many years, so this is the tag we’re used to.”

According to Caesars Sports Book, Team USA has 750 favorites to win the President’s Cup. While anything can happen in four days of golf, an international team win would be the equivalent of Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson or Maryland-Baltimore County’s 16th seed winning #1 seed Virginia in the NCAA Tournament.

“Just because you’re the favorite, they don’t give you extra shots,” Team USA star Scotty Scheffler said. “We don’t start alone. There are many talented players on the PGA Tour. It’s a very deep tour and obviously there’s a lot of talent on the national side too.”

However, the result is expected to be so lopsided that on Tuesday a reporter asked Team USA captain Davis Love III if he was worried about becoming the next Dennis Conner. 19