The 2019 Presidents Cup takes place this week at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Twelve of the top golfers from the United States tee off against 12 of the best from outside of Europe. Below, we analyze the tournament odds and prop bets, with golf betting picks and tips.
The first round will start Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. ET.
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Presidents Cup Teams
Captains Tiger Woods (USA) and Ernie Els (International) selected the following teams:
|Team USA||International Team|
|Dustin Johnson||Justin Thomas||Hideki Matsuyama||Adam Scott|
|Matt Kuchar||Xander Schauffele||Louis Oosthuizen||Marc Leishman|
|Webb Simpson||Patrick Cantlay||Abraham Ancer||Haotong Li|
|Bryson DeChambeau||Tiger Woods||C.T. Pan||Cameron Smith|
|Gary Woodland||Tony Finau||Joaquin Niemann||Adam Hadwin|
|Patrick Reed||Rickie Fowler||Sungjae Im||Byeong Hun An|
The entire US team ranks in the top 25 of the Official World Golf Ranking, while only three members of the International side are in the top 25.
Presidents Cup Tournament Winner
Team USA has won the past seven Presidents Cups and leads the all-time series against the International side at 10-1-1. Fortunately for the global squad, which is led by three Australians, its only Presidents Cup victory was at this venue in 1998.
The Internationals are getting juicy +250 odds for the tournament victory. Team USA is a -250 favorite. Look for Adam Scott (No. 18), Marc Leishman (No. 28) and Cameron Smith (No. 52) to lead the Internationals to victory on home soil.
Presidents Cup Prop Bets
Internationals +3.5 Points (-125)
After losing 19-11 in 2017, look for the Internationals to keep it closer this time out. Their previous two losses in 2015 and ’13, were decided by one and three points, respectively.
Top Combined Points Scorer: Adam Scott (+1200)
Scott will have the crowd behind him as the top golfer from the host nation. He didn’t play in 1998 (when the Internationals got their lone win in the event, also in Melbourne), but he has won both the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship and has spoken highly of wanting to win at the famed Royal Melbourne as a potential career highlight.
Who will score the most points for the USA? Patrick Reed (+900)
Expect the best from Reed, who has excelled in the Ryder Cup format against Europe, and in the 2017 Presidents Cup. He’s coming off another controversy at last week’s Hero World Challenge in which he was penalized two strokes for improving his line of play in a waste bunker.
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