Presidents Cup Outcome Up for Grabs

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2007, 4:00 pm
TULSA, Okla. -- While the United States team leads the overall Presidents Cup series over the International squad by a 4-1-1 margin, on paper the International team might be the favorite this time around when the sides meet next week at Royal Montreal GC in Canada.
 
The International team boasts nine players ranked among the Top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking while the U.S. team has only five, although the U.S. can claim four of the Top 5 players in Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker.
 
So while the International side might be given the edge heading into the week, which teams players are performing the best heading into the week? A quick look at the chart below might say that the U.S. team enters in the best form.
 
We took the last five starts for each player and came up with the following information. The U.S. team has posted six wins and 17 Top-10 finishes in that time span while missing eight cuts. The 12 players comprising the International side have not won an event while recording 13 Top-10 finishes and missing 10 cuts.
 
Heres a look at each players record over his last five starts:
 
U.S. TEAM
Tiger Woods 1 1 T2 1 1
Phil Mickelson T46 T32 T7 1 20
Jim Furyk MC T25 T55 T14 T11
Steve Stricker T23 1 T9 3 T17
Zach Johnson MC T25 T30 T38 T2
Stewart Cink T32 T25 MC T7 T11
Scott Verplank T9 T9 T35 T30 T5
David Toms MC T61 T42 MC WD
Woody Austin T2 T12 T30 T38 T11
Charles Howell III T42 MC T30 T18 28
Hunter Mahan T18 T17 MC T30 T5
Lucas Glover T50 T20 MC T14 T14
 
INTERNATIONAL TEAM
Ernie Els T22 3 T4 T18 T26
Adam Scott T12 T14 T17 4 T26
Rory Sabbatini MC 3 T6 T10 T9
K.J. Choi T12 2 WD T38 T21
Geoff Ogilvy T6 T4 T6 T61 T17
Vijay Singh MC MC T60 64 T7
Retief Goosen T23 T26 T61 T23 T60
Trevor Immelman T36 T6 MC T23 T38
Angel Cabrera T69 MC MC T23 T30
Stuart Appleby T14 T12 MC MC T25
Nick OHern T56 T50 T35 MC T61
Mike Weir T34 WD MC T41 T30
 
Even if you simply take the last two starts for each player, the U.S. side appears to be peaking entering the competition, recording three wins and eight Top-10 finishes. The International side has no wins and four Top-10s to its credit over that span.
 
Speculation is fun, but when you see that the last two Presidents Cup competitions have ended in a tie and another that ended in a U.S. win on the final hole, it would appear that a week of exciting and close competition is in store when the teams tee it up on Thursday, Sept. 27.
 
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    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

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    More bulletin board material, too.

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