MELBOURNE, Australia – Former Presidents Cup captain Peter Thomson predicts the International team will claim just its second ever win when it takes on the United States next month at Royal Melbourne.
“I fancy the international team,” Thomson said.
The 82-year-old Australian said the Royal Melbourne course will be a difficult one to adapt to for the American players.
“This course takes a fair amount of learning. It’s not an easy course by any means,” Thomson said. “There will be a noisy crowd and that’s a big factor.
“There’s enough of the 12 (International) players that are acquainted with the place for a start, and will feel at home in the crowds.”
While Allenby has a poor match-play record and has not won on the PGA Tour for a decade, he is a winner at Royal Melbourne.
“It might look easy because it’s wide but all the trouble comes at the end of the hole where you have to putt into the cup, on very sloping, slippery greens,” he said.