Presidents Cup: Golf Betting Predictions and Tips

Craig Edwards

Monday, December 9, 2019 2:47 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 2:47 PM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Presidents Cup for
<div><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>International Team v United States</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Dec 12-15 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Australia</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><p><strong>Betting Odds:</strong></p><ul> <li>International Team @ 3.75 (11/4)</li> <li>Draw @ 13.00 (12/1)</li> <li>United States @ 1.40 (2/5)</li></ul><p>Can Ernie Els inspire the International team to their second ever victory in the Presidents Cup and their first since the late Peter Thomson lead them to victory in 1998? Which was coincidently held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The Presidents Cup has been a biennial event since 1994 although because of the terrorist attack in America on 9/11 there was a year lost. No doubt the tournament possibly needs the International Team to become more competitive than in recent years when the United States have won with ease.</p><p> </p><h2>Format</h2><p><strong>Day One –</strong> six matches of foursomes or fourballs</p><p><strong>Day Two –</strong> six matches of the format not chosen on Day One, either foursomes or fourballs</p><p><strong>Day Three – </strong>ten matches, five foursomes and five fourballs</p><p><strong>Day Four – </strong>Twelve Singles matches</p><p> </p><h2>International Team</h2><p>South African legend Ernie Els is the man in charge of making the International Team more competitive. Els has invested his time and efforts into golf/youth development of the sport</p><p>and is well respected by junior golfers. He makes an interesting Captain and one that could be inspirational to the team fetching together players from all continents. For whatever reason the International Team has never been able to recreate the camaraderie that the European Team have often found in Ryder Cup’s. Ernie Els has always been a supporter of the European Tour so it will be interesting to see if he has picked some previous Captain's brains to cherry pick some ideas that will help. Several of the players with previous Presidents Cup experience on his team have below average records, although one player who sticks out that could lead the team, is his fellow countrymen, Louis Oosthuizen, whose record is exemplary in what have been losing causes.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Team</strong></p><p>Hideki Matsuyama</p><p>Hatong Li</p><p>Adam Scott</p><p>Abraham Ancer</p><p>Louis Oosthuizen</p><p>Sungjae Im</p><p>Mark Leishman</p><p>Cameron Smith</p><p>Jason Day</p><p>C T Pan</p><p>Adam Hadwin</p><p>Joaquim Niemann</p><p> </p><p> </p><h2>United States</h2><p>Tiger Woods has the task of being playing/captain ‘Down Under' to a strong looking American Team. World number one, Brooks Koepka had to withdraw a couple of weeks ago with injury but that barely weakens the team on paper as Woods was able to call up Rickie Fowler. Many of the team tuned up last week at the Hero World Challenge which was hosted by Woods giving many the chance to bond for the coming week but possibly the opposite may happen after Patrick Reed's controversial rules infringement in round three. Let's not forget their other player who has courted controversy all year with his poor etiquette, Matt Kuchar, has a poor record bizarrely considering how many times he has been on the winning team. Other superstars like Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas have strong records while both Thomas and Woods played superbly in the Bahamas last week.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Team</strong></p><p>Tiger Woods</p><p>Gary Woodland</p><p>Dustin Johnson</p><p>Webb Simpson</p><p>Rickie Fowler</p><p>Bryson Dechambeau</p><p>Xander Schauffle</p><p>Patrick Cantlay</p><p>Matt Kuchar</p><p>Patrick Reed</p><p>Justin Thomas</p><p>Tony Finau</p><p> </p><h2>Betting Predictions and Tips</h2><p>I have the feeling that the United States will be susceptible to a shock defeat this week in Australia. Many of the team have to travel from the Bahamas to Australia, meaning jet-lag is a possibility while others may not have practiced much since the end of the PGA Tour season in August. There is likely to be negative media attention on the team after Patrick Reed's poor behaviour last week, which may not help unite the players, many of whom had little or no respect for Reed prior. Tiger Woods although having a solid Presidents Cup record, has been dreadful on numerous occasions for the United States in Ryder Cup’s when they needed a talisman to stand up and lead. Let's not forget Woods is trying to do the job of playing Captain which could be a task too far leaving him unable to work on the little jobs that good Captains do that have been known to make a big difference to the result. From that perspective, I wonder if Els will blindside him for the International team, after all he doesn't have the same distractions. Home advantage could be a factor with the Royal Melbourne Golf Club not being your typical soft ground target golf layout that the American superstars are used to. At a generous starting price my advice would be a small bet on the International team with a top up bet in running if indeed Els appears inspirational to his players.</p><p>It is very difficult to pick out an American player to be their top points scorer because they have so much strength but given how well Justin Thomas played last week, he looks the man who Woods will rely on. The International team however, look different from a betting perspective because its plausible Els will want to play Louis Oosthuizen as much as possible given his good Presidents Cup record and an impressive runner up spot at last week's Australian Open.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong></p><p>International team to win the Presidents Cup @ 3.75 (11/4) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top rated bookmaker">Bet365</a></p><p>Justin Thomas – Top United States Point Scorer @ 6.00 (5/1) <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Betfred">Betfred</a></p><p>Louis Oosthuizen – Top International Point Scorer @ 7.00 (6/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top rated bookmaker">Bet365</a></p><p>Louis Oosthuizen – Top Combined Points Scorer – each way @ 21.00 (20/1) <a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Boylesports">Boylesports</a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p></div>
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