The 2013 Presidents Cup rosters for the United States and international teams have been officially set for the biennial showdown slated to tee off from Oct. 3 through Oct. 6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
Twelve players are on each side, with the top 10 qualifying automatically and the final two spots being left to the discretion of captain's picks. Below is an overview of each roster in order of their ranking in points:
|Points Ranking||Team USA (Appearance)||Team International (Appearance)|
|1||Tiger Woods (8th)||Adam Scott (6th)|
|2||Brandt Snedeker (1st)||Jason Day (2nd)|
|3||Phil Mickelson (10th)||Charl Schwartzel (2nd)|
|4||Matt Kuchar (2nd)||Ernie Els (8th)|
|5||Jason Dufner (1st)||Louis Oosthuizen (1st)|
|6||Keegan Bradley (1st)||Hideki Matsuyama (1st)|
|7||Steve Stricker (5th)||Branden Grace (1st)|
|8||Bill Haas (2nd)||Graham DeLaet (1st)|
|9||Hunter Mahan (4th)||Richard Sterne (1st)|
|10||Zach Johnson (3rd||Angel Cabrera (4th)|
|Captain's Pick No. 1||Webb Simpson (2nd)||Marc Leishman (1st)|
|Captain's Pick No. 2||Jordan Spieth (1st)||Brendon de Jonge (1st)|
The most obviously exciting captain's selection comes from the American side in 20-year-old prodigy Jordan Spieth, who burst onto the PGA Tour scene by winning the John Deere Classic earlier this season.
Spieth, who certainly helped his case by closing last week's Deutsche Bank Championship with a final-round 62, was extremely grateful for the maiden honor to play in this prestigious competition:
One of his playing partners for that magnificent display, Phil Mickelson, implored Fred Couples to pick Spieth in a rather humorous way via text message:
Couples: "Phil played with Spieth on Monday and texted me right after, 'Dude, you gotta pick this guy.'" #PresidentsCup— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 4, 2013
Who says you need to fall back on education? When you're as good as Spieth is at golf, leaving college after one's sophomore year seems rather logical:
Jordan Spieth left Texas after first semester of sophomore year. Now has PGA Tour win and Presidents Cup berth. Umm... stay in school, kids!— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) September 4, 2013
Brandt Snedeker may be second in points for the USA, but even he's excited to make his first appearance:
Excited to be part of the @PresidentsCup, huge honor and pumped to play!!— Brandt Snedeker (@BrandtSnedeker) September 3, 2013
The defending FedEx Cup champion, along with fellow Presidents Cup rookies in PGA Championship winners Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner, all had valuable Ryder Cup experience last year. Thus, they have a taste for this international competition.
As for the international team, the captain's picks of 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Marc Leishman and Brendon de Jonge aren't quite as exciting as Spieth and 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, but the visiting roster offers plenty of intriguing players.
Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott is the headliner, along with Australian compatriot Jason Day at the No. 2 slot. The team consists of eight rookies, but none of them is a slouch by any stretch.
Which Presidents Cup roster has more talent?
One budding star in particular is Graham DeLaet, who hasn't won on tour but qualified by finishing tied for second at The Barclays and third at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The Canadian is one of the better ball-strikers in the world, and his recently improved putting has helped him see better results.
Hideki Matsuyama and Branden Grace also stand out among the international first-timers.
Matsuyama posted respectable finishes of T-10, T-6 and T-19 at the final three majors this year, while Grace won four times on the European Tour in a breakout 2012 campaign. Those young guns are aged 21 and 25 respectively.