PRESIDENTS CUP 2015

The 11th Presidents Cup begins today in South Korea, as the US team attempts to extend its winning streak to six.

The Americans have dominated this event since its inception in 1994, winning eight of 10 contests and tying the International team in 2003. The only time the Internationals defeated the US was a 20½ to 11½ thrashing in 1998.

This year’s edition features the top two players in the world: Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. They are playing on opposite squads, which could lead to a mouth-watering singles matchup between the two stars.

The two sides for 2015 are:

United States:

Jordan Spieth — Spieth is playing in his second Presidents Cup, after going 2-2 in 2013, he enters as golf’s best player and the favourite in every match he plays.

Bubba Watson — Watson, like Spieth, is playing in just his second Presidents Cup, after going 3-2 in 2011.

Jimmy Walker — The world’s 16th-ranked golfer is making his Presidents Cup debut at 36.

Zach Johnson — This year’s British Open champion is 7-6 in three previous Presidents Cup appearances.

Dustin Johnson — He went 1-3-1 in his lone Presidents Cup appearance in 2011. The Power Hitter could demolish someone in Match Play but his accuracy will be the key.

Patrick Reed — Reed, 25, is making his Presidents Cup debut. He won the Tournament of Champions in January but has failed to display much consistency throughout the season.

Rickie Fowler — Fowler is also making his Presidents Cup debut. He has impressed with three come-from-behind wins this year to climb into the top five in the world rankings.

Matt Kuchar — Kuchar is making his third Presidents Cup appearance and is 4-5-1 record. He has had five top 10s in his last nine starts.

Chris Kirk — Kirk is making his Presidents Cup debut.

Bill Haas — The captain’s son is 3-5-2 in his two previous Presidents Cup appearances. He made the team as a captain’s pick.

Phil Mickelson — Mickelson will be the only player to compete in all 11 Presidents Cup competitions when he tees it up Thursday.

J.B. Holmes — Holmes will make his Presidents Cup debut in relief of Furyk.

 

Internationals:

Jason Day — Day enters his third Presidents Cup among the world’s hottest golfers. He owns a pedestrian 4-4-2 record in the competition, but the world’s second-ranked player has won four of his last seven starts. The week off should have helped rejuvenate him, and the Internationals will need him to dominate if they have any chance of pulling off an upset.

Louis Oosthuizen — The 32-year-old South African has a 1-3-1 record and this is his second Presidents Cup appearance.

Adam Scott — Scott, 35, is coming off one of his most disappointing seasons to date. The Internationals need him to perform like the 2011-14 version of himself. Scott’s 12-15-3 in six Presidents Cup appearances.

Hideki Matsuyama — Matsuyama is making his second Presidents Cup appearance. He went 1-3-1 as a 21-year-old in 2013, but has since become one of the most consistent players on tour.

Branden Grace — Grace went 0-4-0 in his first Presidents Cup appearance, but he’s a more seasoned player this time around.

Marc Leishman — The 29-year-old Aussie is making his second Presidents Cup appearance after going 2-2-0 in 2013.

Anirban Lahiri — Lahiri is the first Indian-born player to compete in the Presidents Cup. The 28-year-old has seven worldwide wins.

Charl Schwartzel — Schwartzel enters his third Presidents Cup appearance with a 5-4-1 record.

Thongchai Jaidee — Jaidee, 45, is the oldest International to make his debut in the Presidents Cup.

Danny Lee — Lee, 25, will make his Presidents Cup debut after finally enjoying breakout season. The former no1 amateur in the world will be a hard match up.

Steven Bowditch — Captains Pick. This is Bowditch’s first Presidents Cup.

Sangmoon Bae — Captains Pick. This is Bae’s first Presidents Cup.

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