Presidents Cup 2013 Live Stream: Online Viewing Info and More for Day 1
As great as the drama that golf's four majors offer, few things compare to international competitions such as the Presidents Cup.
Even though the Ryder Cup seems to gain more attention due to the USA vs. Europe dynamic, there are plenty of great rivalries that will make the 2013 Presidents Cup a must-see event.
The Americans have lost this event just once, and they are unquestionably favored against a fairly inexperienced International squad, but anything can happen. It's impossible to tell which unheralded players will get hot and which superstars will falter, and that is a big part of what makes the Presidents Cup so much fun.
Luckily for golf fans on the go, the Presidents Cup will be available via online live stream. Here is a closer look at how to watch all of the Presidents Cup action, as well as what you should keep an eye on while viewing throughout the event.
Where: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
When: Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
|Thursday, Oct. 3||12 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Friday, Oct. 4||1 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Golf Channel|
|Saturday, Oct. 5||8 a.m. - 6 p.m.||NBC|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||12 p.m. - 6 p.m.||NBC|
Top Storylines to Watch
The first things golf fans look at when it comes to this type of competition are the rosters, as the players will obviously determine how things play out. Both the American and International teams have a great deal of talent, but there are plenty of differences as well:
|Tiger Woods||8th appearance|
|Phil Mickelson||10th appearance|
|Matt Kuchar||2nd appearance|
|Steve Stricker||5th appearance|
|Bill Haas||2nd appearance|
|Hunter Mahan||4th appearance|
|Zach Johnson||3rd appearance|
|Webb Simpson||2nd appearance|
|Adam Scott||6th appearance|
|Jason Day||2nd appearance|
|Charl Schwartzel||2nd appearance|
|Ernie Els||8th appearance|
|Angel Cabrera||4th appearance|
|Brendon de Jonge||Rookie|
Even though the Americans' star power is more obvious, the International team can still compete.
Adam Scott could easily play better than anyone in this competition, and there are plenty of wild cards to take into account as well. The International team has seven Presidents Cup rookies in Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet, Richard Sterne, Marc Leishman and Brendon de Jong, which may seem like a disadvantage, but their naivete could help them in big moments.
As for the Americans, the duo of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be watched closely, as they're both coming off a fantastic season. They have had their ups and downs in these events, though, so there will be plenty of pressure on them to perform well.
The one-on-one matchups are sure to be fun, but there is something special about foursome play in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. Since several American players on this year's Presidents Cup team were also on the 2012 Ryder Cup team, we could potentially see a reprisal of some of the better pairings.
Chief among them is the pairing of Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. They seemed to have a great relationship at last year's Ryder Cup. They also went 3-0 against the best teams that Europe had to offer, so it stands to reason that they'll be together again.
The team of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson was also solid with a record of 2-1, but Dufner has suggested that he would like to be paired with Woods at the Presidents Cup, according to Golf.com.
Why does Jason Dufner want to play with Tiger this week? "So I can say I was his partner in the Presidents Cup." http://t.co/aAW23OWwjz— Golf.com (@si_golf) October 2, 2013
Woods and Steve Stricker really struggled as a pairing at the Ryder Cup, so they could probably both use a change of scenery. While Woods didn't win a major this year, he was the PGA Tour player of the year and Dufner is coming off a PGA Championship victory, so that could be a dominant twosome. Whatever the case, the possibilities are endless for both squads.
Who will win the 2013 Presidents Cup?
With an all-time Presidents Cup record of 7-1-1, the United States is always expected to come away victorious against the International team.
While it's great that the Americans have a great deal of confidence based on their past success, it's important that they don't take their opponents lightly. The International team may not have as much name recognition, but it has plenty of good ball strikers who can get hot at any time.
There is plenty of pressure on Team USA to get the job done, especially on home soil. With the likes of Woods and Mickelson leading the way, it would be considered a colossal failure to fall short. With that said, Team USA should win, provided its top players perform up to their potential.
Aside from Woods and Mickelson, the Americans have a ton of depth thanks to the likes of Dufner, Bradley, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan among others. This could be one of the most-talented American teams in recent memory, so it will be great to see how well they are able to gel over the next several days.
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