Presidents Cup 2013: Dates, Updated Pairings and More for International Matchup
While the Ryder Cup might have more history, the Presidents Cup is getting better every year. This season's version should be among the best ever.
The event is a battle between the best golfers from the United States and the top international golfers outside of Europe. While the world team has only won once with one tie in nine events, this group is getting stronger.
Masters Champion Adam Scott had one of the best seasons on the PGA Tour, while Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen have all won majors in the past few years. They will try to compete against established stars Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and others.
Here is a guide for the upcoming event at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio, which will determine which team is the best in the world.
|Thursday||Oct. 3||Fourballs||Golf Channel||12 - 6 p.m.|
|Friday||Oct. 4||Foursome||Golf Channel||1 - 6 p.m.|
|Saturday||Oct. 5||Fourballs/Foursome||NBC||8 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Sunday||Oct. 6||Singles||NBC||12 - 6 p.m.|
Players to Watch
Tiger Woods, USA
When Woods is in a tournament, he will be the focus of that event no matter what. The superstar had an incredible season that included five victories, but he struggled in the majors and FedEx Cup playoffs.
Additionally, he has not excelled in match play recently. At the 2012 Ryder Cup, he and Steve Stricker went 0-3 as a team, and Woods was only able to halve the singles battle against Francesco Molinari.
Obviously, the No. 1 player in the world has more pure talent than anyone else in the competition. He is also not scared of being on the big stage after winning 14 career major titles.
Still, he needs to showcase this ability in order to carry his squad to a strong performance.
Adam Scott, International
While Adam Scott had been close to winning majors before, his win at the Masters completely changed his image. The Australian is now legitimately one of the top players in the world, and he can be trusted to have a big performance when needed.
He had only one other win this season, but he also had top-five finishes at the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.
In the Presidents Cup, Scott will be looked at as a leader for the International team. He will need to get points when others cannot; otherwise, the squad will be in trouble.
Of course, fans will certainly hope to see a Woods vs. Scott singles matchup Sunday.
Jordan Spieth, USA
There are obviously a number of more experienced players on the roster, but Jordan Spieth has an opportunity to continue making a name for himself in his first full season on tour.
The 20-year-old phenom had nine top-10 finishes this year in only 23 events, including a win at the John Deere Classic. While he does not have the longest drive on tour, he can consistently hit fairways and greens to eat up easier courses.
He also showed he is ready for the week ahead with an impressive shot during the practice round, as noted by John Strege of Golf Digest:
Jordan Spieth aced the par-3 12th hole in his practice round today. 7-iron, 173 yards. #PresidentsCup— John Strege (@JohnStrege) October 2, 2013
Spieth was a captain's choice, and he has a chance to make Fred Couples look really good in this event.
|1||Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker||Jason Day and Graham DeLaet|
|2||Bill Haas and Webb Simpson||Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama|
|3||Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley||Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel|
|4||Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth||Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge|
|5||Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods||Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman|
|6||Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson||Branden Grace and Richard Sterne|
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