The 2019 President’s Cup pits the very best golfers from the United States against the very best international golfers. Does the U.S. offer underlay or overlay odds at -275? Can the Internationals take the Cup? Check out a preview of the 2019 President’s Cup!
2019 Presidents Cup Odds, Preview & Prediction
- When: Thursday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 15
- Where: The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia
- TV: Golf Channel
- Radio: PGA Tour Radio
- Live Stream: Golf.tv
Odds to Win the 2019 Presidents Cup
Does Team USA offer underlay or overlay odds at -275?
Check out who will play on Team USA: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Tiger Woods, Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, and Rickie Fowler.
Thomas, Johnson, Cantlay, Woods, and Schauffele are in the Top 10 on the Golf World Rankings. That alone makes Team USA at least a -150 odds favorite, right? Woodland, Dechambeau Finau, Reed, and Fowler rank in the Top 25.
It means every golfer on Team USA is ranked in the Top 25. If we handicap based on Golf World Rankings, USA towers over the International squad. We shouldn’t do that. World Rankings are close to meaningless in a sport where winning a tournament jumps you into the Top 10 even if it’s the only tournament you’ve won in the past year.
Not only that but the President’s Cup is a match play tournament. The Americans play against the International players head-to-head. It’s like college football. Rankings give Oklahoma a shot against LSU. The Sooners are +13 dogs to beat LSU in the CFP, though.
Rankings don’t mean a whole lot in the President’s Cup. All rankings are skewed because the PGA plays more events, many more, in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world. That makes the odds on Team USA underlaid.
Are the Internationals worth backing at +240?
Maybe. Although the only players on the International squad ranked in the Top 20 are Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, the International Team has a big advantage. This year’s President’s Cup takes place in Australia.
Scott is Australian. He should know The Royal Melbourne Golf Club better than any player on the course. Louis Oosthuizen finished second at the Australian Open over the course this year. Abraham Ancer from Mexico won the Australian Open last year. Cameron Davis won it in 2017.
The Internationals send the past 2 winners and this year’s follow-up winner of the Australian Open to the President’s Cup. Again, all you have to do is beat the guy you’re matched up against. That’s it.
The format gives the International Team a huge advantage because they know The Royal Melbourne Golf Course.
What are the draws true chances of happening?
It’s higher than +1200, that’s for sure. The Americans are up against it. U.S. players rarely venture out of their comfort zone, PGA Tour Events. Captain Ernie Els loaded up his team with golfers that excel over his year’s course.
The best play is on the International Team to upset Team USA. Back the draw if you believe the Americans can get past home course advantage. If not, go with the Internationals.