Presidents Cup 2013 Field: Odds, Favorites and Tournament Preview

Richard LeivenbergContributor IIISeptember 29, 2013

Presidents Cup 2013 Field: Odds, Favorites and Tournament Preview

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    The USA looks to repeat its 2011 Presidents Cup victory.  David Cannon/Getty Images
    The USA looks to repeat its 2011 Presidents Cup victory. David Cannon/Getty ImagesRyan Pierse/Getty Images

    The Presidents Cup may soon have to be renamed the America's Cup.

    In nine previous meetings between the USA and International squads, the USA has come away with seven wins. Going into their 10th meeting on October 3, the official record stands at 7-1-1.

    The Presidents Cup is a tweener event at Muirfield Village in Ohio that matches 12 of the best American golfers against 12 International players. 

    It occurs in the years between the Ryder Cup in an effort to give the world's best non-European players a chance to compete in international match-play. Its team match-play format includes both paired and individual competitions.

    This year's USA team includes six Top 10 players in the world while the International team includes seven rookies.

    While official pairings have not yet been set, let's preview the event and what it has in store.

     

     

Schedule of Events

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    The crowds will gather to watch Phil and Tiger.
    The crowds will gather to watch Phil and Tiger.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    Thursday, October 3 Foursome Matches

    Friday, October 4 Four-ball Matches

    Saturday, October 5 Foursome Matches, Four-ball Matches

    Sunday, October 6 Singles Matches Closing Ceremony

The Odds

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    Guess who's favored?
    Guess who's favored?Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    If you are a betting person, here are some of the odds that might interest you:

     

    USA is favored 2/5 to win the Presidents Cup

    The International Team is an underdog at 9/4

    There is a 12/1 chance of them ending in a tie.

    The top American is Tiger Woods at 5/1

    The top International player is Adam Scott at 4/1

    Tiger is the favorite to be the Top Combined Points scorer at 41/8

     

     

    Odds courtesy of oddschecker.com

     

Biggest X-Factor for the United States Team

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    All eyes will be on 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, the PGA Rookie of the Year, who will make his first appearance on the team.

    Spieth could easily find himself paired with Tiger Woods and/or Phil Mickelson during the tournament which would be great fun to watch. Playing with these seasoned vets will give Spieth invaluable experience for his future, which seems very bright.

    But, it will be in the head-to-head matches where Spieth could really shine and ultimately help the USA run away with the trophy.

    As a Captain’s pick, Spieth was chosen over Jim Furyk which will put added pressure on the youngster.

    We have seen in countless events this year that he possesses the grit and know-how to compete at the highest level. It was witnessed by his tie for second at the recent Tour Championship, tie for fourth at Deutsche Bank Championship and playoff win at the John Deere Classic.

Biggest X-Factor for the International Team

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    The International team includes six newcomers, the most in history, but the weight of victory falls most heavily on Masters winner Adam Scott.

    As the team’s best player who has already played in five Presidents Cup events, Scott will be looked upon to win both his paired and individual matches. He will probably have to do so against the USA’s best and that could set up a one-on-one against Tiger on the last day.

    More importantly will be Scott’s ability to lead his team of newbies emotionally. Not known as the most gregarious or outwardly passionate player, Scott must provide his team with the drive it needs to succeed.

    That’s a tall order, but if he can set a winning example, we could be in for an interesting set of events.

Pairings We Want to See

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    Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

    This may be a little like adding oil to water, but how great would it be to see these two sometimes friendly competitors team up?

    This could be Phil’s last Presidents Cup so let’s make it a fun one. It would be great to see Tiger whack his stinger just short of the green allowing Phil to hit one of his magical flops within a few inches of the cup for a Tiger tap-in.

    Are there two more aggressive guys on the Tour?

    Of course, it would be also be an interesting to see which of them will hit their tee shot in the fairway first.

     

    Jordan Spieth and Keegan Bradley

    Forget about pairing Spieth with a vet like Tiger, Phil or Steve Stricker.

    He and Bradley will be playing in a lot of these types of events in their careers, so let’s get them used to each other.

     

    Adam Scott and Jason Day

    Conventional wisdom says not to put your two best players together, but we don’t care about that.

    This would be an awesome Aussie twosome that would be tough to beat. Oh yeah, Scott won the Masters where Day finished in third. Day also tied for second at the U.S. Open and tied for eighth at the PGA Championship.

    It is always great to see the best of the best play together.

The United States Team Will Win If…

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    Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

    The USA doesn’t just have to show up to win, it has to see:

     

    Tiger, Phil and Stricker take advantage of their experience over the International team’s youth.

    Webb Simpson defy his winless year and recall the magic that brought him three paired victories in the 2011 Presidents Cup.

    Spieth keep on knocking it in the hole at just the right time.

    Dufner do some “Dufnering” .

The International Team Will Win If…

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    Pigs fly.

    Seriously, it’s all about the rookies. If they can forget that this is their first Presidents Cup and play to their abilities, guys like Graham DeLaet, Brendon de Jonge, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Brandon Grace and Richard Sterne might actually make things a bit squirrely for the USA Team.

    Majors champs Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera can recall some of their past glory.

    Another rookie Louie Oosthuizen can overcome some of his ailments. When he is healthy, he as good as anyone in the world.

Prediction

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    Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

    In 2011, the USA beat the International Team 19 to 15 and Jim Furyk won all five of his matches.

    With six of the Top 10 players in the world on its team, the USA should waltz past the International squad even without Mr. Furyk.

    You can expect a dominating victory of 22-12.