Presidents Cup 2022: Early Storylines to Watch for USA and International Golf Teams

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2022

Presidents Cup 2022: Early Storylines to Watch for USA and International Golf Teams

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    U.S. team member Xander Schauffele (Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

    The 2022 edition of the Presidents Cup is scheduled to kick off Thursday after a one-year delay.

    Originally slated for fall of 2021, the Presidents Cup—which is typically held biennially in odd-numbered years—will pit the United States against a non-European international team in match play. The event is similar to the Ryder Cup (United States vs. Europe), though much newer.

    While the Ryder Cup was established in 1927, the inaugural Presidents Cup was played in 1994.

    This year's event will feature Davis Love III and his American team against captain Trevor Immelman and the international squad. For the first time, the event will take place at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

    Here's a look at everything you need to know for the 2022 Presidents Cup, including scheduling information, initial rosters and early storylines.

2022 Presidents Cup

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    Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte (Logan Whitton/Getty Images for the DC&P Championship)

    When: September 22-25

    Where: Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina

    TV: Golf Channel (Round 1-3), NBC (Rounds 3 & 4)

    United States Roster

    Davis Love III - Captain

    Zach Johnson - Assistant Captain

    Fred Couples - Assistant Captain

    Steve Stricker - Assistant Captain

    Webb Simpson - Assistant Captain

    Sam Burns

    Patrick Cantlay

    Tony Finau

    Max Homa

    Billy Horschel

    Kevin Kisner

    Collin Morikawa

    Xander Schauffele

    Scottie Scheffler

    Jordan Spieth

    Justin Thomas

    Cameron Young

    International Roster

    Trevor Immelman - Captain

    K. J. Choi - Assistant Captain

    Geoff Ogilvy - Assistant Captain

    Camilo Villegas - Assistant Captain

    Mike Weir - Assistant Captain

    Christiaan Bezuidenhout

    Corey Conners

    Cam Davis

    Im Sung-jae

    Tom Kim

    Si Woo Kim

    K.H. Lee

    Hideki Matsuyama

    Sebastian Munoz

    Taylor Pendrith

    Mito Pereira

    Adam Scott

The Impact of LIV Golf Will Be Felt

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    LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman (Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    The start of the LIV Golf tour in June signaled a new era for professional golf. The upstart league, headed by former PGA star Greg Norman, quickly emerged as a rival to the PGA tour. with stars like Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau jumping ship.

    With LIV competitors barred from the Presidents Cup, there will be a few notable vacancies, specifically on the international team.

    Automatic qualifiers Cameron Smith—winner of the 2022 Open Championship—and Joaquín Niemann can't participate. Veterans like Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman were unavailable to be captain's picks.

    For Oosthuizen, who resigned from the PGA before joining LIV, his ineligibility is a major disappointment.

    "I didn’t think I did anything wrong. I made my decision where I am playing golf," Oosthuizen said, per Bob Harig of "But I didn’t do anything wrong while I was a PGA Tour member. I was a bit disappointed in the decision that I was on the list not being able to play."

    Losing the eligibility of top players is an obvious blow to an international team that hasn't won since 1998.

    "Is it disappointing? I'm not going to lie to you, absolutely it's disappointing," Immelman said, per Yahoo Sports' Jim Slater.

    The U.S. team appears less impacted, though players like DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka were ineligible to be captain's picks.

Can the International Team End the U.S. Run of Dominance?

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    Adam Scott (David Cannon/Getty Images)

    The international team is missing some key competitors and four players from the 2019 squad that came close to winning in Melbourne, Australia.

    Oosthuizen, Smith, Leishman and Ancer were all on that team.

    This leaves standouts like Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama and Im Sung-jae hoping to carry an international squad that hasn't fared well in recent years. The 2019 matchup had the international team leading through fourball and foursome matches before the U.S. rallied in singles competition.

    The United States has won eight straight Presidents Cups, while the two sides tied in 2003. The international squad, though, will hope to keep the past in the past.

    "Everybody knows we've had our butts kicked, but that doesn't mean we'll come with any less passion and compete to try and win," Immelman said, per Slater.

    Will Immelman's squad do enough to pull off the upset? History suggests otherwise, but fans should still expect a heated competition beginning on Thursday.


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