Team USA squares up to the rest of the world, excluding Europe, this week for the 10th Presidents Cup matches at Muirfield Village in Ohio. The home side leads the series by 7.5-1.5.
First held in 1994, the Presidents Cup is contested by a team from the USA and an international side representing the rest of the world, outside of Europe. It is now second only to the Ryder Cup in terms of prestige when it comes to men’s team events.
The competition features teams of 12, led by a non-playing captain. Each side has 10 players who have qualified for their spot in the side, and two captain’s picks.
Fred Couples captains the Americans for a third straight Presidents Cup. He also appeared in the event four times as a player. Nick Price will lead the International team for the first time, although he too has experienced the competition as a player – five times from 1994 to 2003.
Team USA comprises the top-10 players on the PGA Tour money list after the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship, plus two captain’s selections. Fred Couples chose to go with 2012 US Open winner Webb Simpson and young rookie Jordan Spieth.
The International team is made up of the top 10 available international players on the Official World Golf Ranking as of 2nd September, plus two captain’s picks. Price opted for Australia’s Marc Leishman and Brendan de Jonge of Zimbabwe.
The competition takes place at Jack Nicklaus’ course at Muirfield Village. It’s the host venue for the PGA Tour’s Memorial tournament so the majority of players this week will be very familiar with the layout.
The event consists of 34 matches – six four-ball matches on Thursday (so all the players compete,) six foursomes on Friday, five four-balls and then five foursomes on Saturday and 12 singles on the Sunday.
Each Presidents Cup match features an honorary chairman – this time it’s the 44th President of the USA Barack Obama.
Venue: Muirfield Village GC, Columbus, Ohio
Date: Oct 3-6
Course stats: par 72, 7,354 yards
Defending Champions: USA (19-15)
Thursday 3 – Sky Sports 1 from 4.30pm
Friday 4 – Sky Sports 1 from 6pm
Saturday 5 – Sky Sports 2 from 1pm (red button)
Sunday 6 – Sky Sports 2 from 4.30pm
Captain – Fred Couples
Captain – Nick Price
Brendan de Jonge
Key Hole – 16th. A testing par-3 of 201 yards re-designed by Jack Nicklaus specifically for the Presidents Cup. A pond waits to the left of the green and three bunkers also protect the small green. Par will be a good score here and could be enough to win the hole. It’s ranked as the hardest hole on the course in the last three Memorial tournaments.
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