Presidents Cup 2019

Presidents Cup 2019 Live Tiger Woods will lead his United States team out alongside world No. 4 Justin Thomas when the opening fourballs get under way in the 2019 Presidents Cup on Thursday.

The 15-time major champion captains a side at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia that includes five of the world’s current top 10.

The highest-ranked player International Team captain Ernie Els has to call upon, meanwhile, is world No. 18 Adam Scott.

If the hosts are to have any chance of preventing Team USA winning an eighth Presidents Cup in a row, they will need to make a good start in Thursday’s fourballs.

Day 1 Schedule (start times Wednesday in U.S. and UK)

5:32 pm. ET/10 :32 p.m. GMT: Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann vs. Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods

5:47 p.m. ET/10:47 p.m. GMT: Adam Hadwin and Sungjae Im vs. Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay

6:02 p.m. ET/11:02 p.m. GMT: Adam Scott and Byeong Hun An vs. Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau

6:17 p.m. ET/11:17 p.m. GMT: Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan vs. Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed

6:32 p.m. ET/11:32 p.m. GMT: Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen vs. Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland

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There is no denying the U.S. side are hot favourites to prevail in Australia.

Each of their pairings for Thursday looks more than capable of beating their International counterparts.

Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann’s combined ranking is 84. Woods and Thomas’ is 10:

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay are also both top-10 players, while Canada’s Adam Hadwin and South Korea’s Sungjae Im have never cracked the top 30.

Scott and Byeong Hun An may have a chance of claiming a point as the Bryson DeChambeau-Tony Finau pairing is quite green—they are both rookies—and the former had a chastening experience losing all three of his matches in last year’s Ryder Cup.

But then Match 4 sees major champions Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed up against former world No. 2 Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan, who is outside the top 60.

Els has been sensible in making the dependable Louis Oosthuizen his anchorman in the final group alongside 28-year-old Mexican Abraham Ancer. It is an exciting pairing that could produce some fireworks.

But even at their best will they be able to better Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland?

On paper, Team USA look all but unbeatable.

There are variables, though, not least that Woods is the first playing captain since Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition in 1994.

How effectively the 43-year-old delegates to his vice-captains Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, and whether the captaincy duties impact his own play, will have a major bearing on the outcome of the 2019 Presidents Cup.

It must also be remembered that the U.S. team at the 2018 Ryder Cup, which included eight of the 12 players representing America in Australia this year, were pegged as unstoppable.

They went to Le Golf National in France to crush the European team and lay the foundations for a decade of U.S. dominance.

Europe ended up winning by seven points, the biggest margin of victory in over a decade.

Presidents Cup Live

Presidents Cup Live Some of the world’s top golfers go head-to-head in Australia over the next four days, as the U.S. looks to defend the Presidents Cup.

The Americans arrive into the 13th edition of the biennial tournament on a winning streak that stretches back all the way to 2003, when the contest ended in a tie.

It has now been over two decades since the International Team, which as usual this year doesn’t include any European players, won the Presidents Cup for the first and only time.

The omens, however, are good for the team captained by South Africa’s Ernie Els as that solitary success came at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, the same venue that will stage the tournament this year.

Els has seven young rookies in his team, but can count on three Australians—Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith—who know the course very well. “I’ve got a great young team,” the South African was quoted as saying by AFP.

“I’ve got some experienced players. You know, guys are naturally just standing up; guys who are quite comfortable to speak and I like that. I like the spirit we have this week.”

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, will captain the U.S., two years on since serving as an assistant captain to Steve Ticker in the 2017 Presidents Cup.

While Els will be in Melbourne as a non-playing captain, Woods will be one of the 12 U.S. players—only the second playing captain in the tournament’s history.

“I’m the second playing captain in the history of the Presidents Cup, so it’s a pretty neat responsibility,” he told ESPN.

“And the role’s not easy. There’s lots of moving parts, whether it’s talking to the guys, talking to my vice captains, organizing what we need to have done, not only to be ready but also I need to keep sharp. I need to keep practicing, I need to keep working on my game, make sure my game is sharp and ready to go.”

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the tournament.

When is the Presidents Cup?

The 13th edition of the Presidents Cup runs from Thursday, December 12 (Wednesday, December 11 in the U.S.) to Sunday, December 15 (Saturday, December 14 in the U.S.).
Where is the Presidents Cup?

The 2019 instalment of the tournament takes place at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

The 72-par course is the only international venue to have held the event more than once, having hosted it in 1998—when the International Team secured its only victory—and 2011.
TV coverage

The Presidents Cup will be broadcast by Golf Channel, with replays on NBC on Friday and Saturday.
Live stream

All four days of the tournament can be watched on Golf Channel’s digital platforms and via fuboTV.
TV schedule (All times ET)

Wednesday, December 11

First round, four-ball: 5:30 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel

Thursday, December 12

Second round, foursomes: 7 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel

Friday, December 13

Third round, four-ball and fourth round, foursomes: 3 p.m. Friday—2 a.m. Saturday, Golf Channel

Saturday, December 14

Third and fourth round replay: 2:30 p.m.—6 p.m., NBC
Final round, single matches: 6 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel

Sunday, December 15

Final round replay: 1 p.m.—6 p.m., NBC

Presidents Cup odds

According to BetOnline, the U.S. team is a 3/10 favorite to retain the title, while the International team is a 13/5 outsider and the draw is at 12/1.

Justin Thomas is a 9/2 favorite to be the top-scoring American, followed by Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele all at 7/1.

Presidents Cup

Presidents Cup Live Melbourne — Not surprisingly, neither captain was giving much away beyond the identities of the participants for the first series of four-ball matches in the 13th Presidents Cup. Ernie Els of the International side and U.S. captain Tiger Woods admitted to having what Els called “a system,” but the details, for now at least, will remain secret.

“We’ve had a plan, and this is the way we figured it,” Els said. “I can’t tell you exactly what we’re doing in the team room, but we’ve got a system, and we’re following that.”

Still, some of the pairings were predictable enough. In the back-and-forth of the pairing process that is unique to the Presidents Cup, Woods led off with himself and close pal, Justin Thomas, a formidable coupling clearly designed to get the defending champions off to a fast start against Australian Marc Leishman and rookie Joaquin Niemann of Chile

There was also a place for Patrick Reed in the American lineup. Alongside Webb Simpson, the most controversial member of the visiting side will face Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan in the fourth of the five matches. In contrast, Els omitted Cameron Smith, the man most critical of Reed in the wake of Reed’s two-shot penalty for improving his line of play last week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The Australian will sit out Thursdays session along with Haotong Li of China.

Also on the sidelines are the last addition to the American side, Rickie Fowler, and Matt Kuchar, who has struggled to find his best form recently.

“We have game plans,” Woods said. “Obviously we’re not going to reveal any of them, but we have options for each and every player. They have given their opinions of who they think is best suited for them—and it’s more than just one option. We have numerous options for each and every player, in case different scenarios happen as the week goes on.”

On paper at least, Match 3 is perhaps the most promising for the home team. There, Australian Adam Scott—the highest-ranked player on the International side—and Ben An of South Korea line up against Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau. Scott’s vast knowledge of the intricate Royal Melbourne composite course contrasts hugely with the inexperience of the other three.

Still, the most appetizing of the five matches is the last one. In that, the powerful figures of Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland will take on former Australian Open champion Abraham Ancer of Mexico and former Open champion, South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Thursday Four-ball

Match 1: March Leishman/Joaquin Niemann (INT) vs. Justin Thomas/Tiger Woods (USA), 9:32 a.m. Australia/5:32 p.m. ET Wednesday

Match 2: Adam Hadwin/Sungjae Im (INT) vs. Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (USA), 9:47 a.m. Australia/5:47 p.m. ET Wednesday

Match 3: Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An (INT) vs. Bryson DeChambeau/Tony Finau (USA), 10:02 a.m. Australia/6:02 p.m. ET Wednesday

Match 4: Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan (INT) vs. Webb Simpson/Patrick Reed (USA), 10:17 a.m. Australia/6:17 p.m. ET Wednesday

Match 5: Abraham Ancer/Louis Oosthuizen (INT) vs. Dustin Johnson/Gary Woodland, 10:32 a.m. Australia/ 6:32 p.m. ET Wednesday

Presidents Cup 2019: Tee Times, TV Channel

Presidents Cup 2019::The USA will look to extend their winning run in the Presidents Cup to eight when the 2019 edition of the tournament begins on Thursday.

The Americans will take on a team of non-European internationals at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.

According to Caesars, the United States are the 10-27 favourites to come out on top for what would be their 11th victory in 13 Presidents Cup tournaments.

The International team, whose only win came in Melbourne in 1998, are 27-10. A tie—which has also happened just once, in 2003—is 14-1.

Here’s a look at the uniforms the two teams will be donning for this year’s competition:

And here are the tee times for Thursday’s opening four-balls:

Thursday Tee Times, Predictions

9:32 a.m. local/5:32 p.m. ET (Wednesday): Marc Leishman/Joaquin Niemann (INT) vs. Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas (USA). Predicted winners: Woods/Thomas

9:47 a.m. local/5:47 p.m. ET (Wednesday): Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (USA) vs. Adam Hadwin/Sungjae Im (INT). Predicted winners: Schauffele/Cantlay

10:02 a.m. local/6:02 p.m. ET (Wednesday): Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An (INT) vs. Bryson DeChambeau/Tony Finau (USA). Predicted winners: Scott/An

10:17 a.m. local/6:17 p.m. ET (Wednesday): Webb Simpson/Patrick Reed (USA) vs. Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan (INT). Predicted winners: Simpson/Reed

10:32 a.m. local/6:32 p.m. ET (Wednesday): Abraham Ancer/Louis Oosthuizen (INT) vs. Dustin Johnson/Gary Woodland (USA). Predicted winners: Ancer, Oosthuizen

Captain Tiger Woods has elected for himself and Justin Thomas to kick off proceedings against Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann.

Woods, naturally, is a Presidents Cup veteran and boasts a 24-15-1 record in the competition.

Thomas has appeared in the tournament just once before, but he fared well with a 3-1-1 record, which included victories in both of his four-ball matches.

He also enjoyed a strong end to the 2019 season, winning the BMW Championship and finishing T3 in the Tour Championship in his final two events.

The 26-year-old has already picked up a win in the 2020 season in the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, South Korea, in October and could be set for a strong showing at the Presidents Cup.

Niemann is making his Presidents Cup debut, while Leishman (3-7-3) has lost all four of his four-ball matches in it.

Golf Channel’s Tiger Tracker is convinced the Americans have this one in the bag:

A win would get the USA off to the ideal start, and they’ll be hoping Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland can close out the first day with another.

Johnson is 8-4-2, while Woodland is one of five American players making their first appearance.

The former world No. 1 has not played since he came last at the Tour Championship in August, though. He underwent knee surgery in September and had to withdraw from last week’s Hero World Challenge to give himself another week of recovery, so the U.S. might not be able to rely on him here.

Their opponents will be Louis Oosthuizen (7-5-3) and Abraham Ancer (first appearance).

On Sunday, Oosthuizen finished second at the Australian Open—which Ancer won last year—by one shot.

Woodland finished T3 at the CJ Cup and fifth at the Zozo Championship last month, but it will be difficult for him to top the strong International pairing if Johnson takes time to get up to speed.