The annual President’s Cup is about to hit the links with Tiger Woods serving as captain for Team USA and Ernie Els taking the helm of the International team. Team USA won the last tournament in 2017. Online Bookmakers have tapped Wood’s and his players, team listings below, to repeat.

Since the semi-annual event started in 1994 the United States has dominated against European and international players by winning the tournament ten out of twelve times. The teams tied in 2003 and the International team won its sole trophy in 1998. 

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Here’s how the Odds to win outright look according to MyBookie Sportsbook Review. Team USA comes in as the favorite.




The Two Teams

Team USA: Captained by Tiger Woods and includes Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, and Matt Kuchar. Assistants: Fred Couples, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker.

USA heavy favorites over rookie-laden International team

International Team: Captained by Ernie Els and includes Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman, Sungjae Im, Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Adam Hadwin, Byeong-Hun An, HaoTong Li, Abraham Ancer, and C T Pan. Assistants; K.J. Choi, Geoff Ogilvy, Trevor Immelman, Mike Weir.

Past Wins Stack Up for Team USA

The Presidents Cup has been played at rotating courses representing each team over the last several contests after starting with a four-event run in Virginia at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. This year the tournament takes place at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. It’s the third time the venue has hosted the event with the teams splitting wins. Team USA won there in 2011 with the International team picking up the win in 1998. Here’s how the wins have broken down over the years with scoring from the match-play format tournament.


2017United States19–11
2015United States15½–14½
2013United States18½–15½
2011United States19–15
2009United States19½–14½
2007United States19½–14½
2005United States18½–15½
2000United States21½–10½
1996United States16½–15½
1994United States20–12


Predicting the 2019 Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have amassed two strong teams with each being packed with PGA Tour winners as well as the “whos who” of players on the Official World Golf Rankings list. Picking the event is tough as it shares a match play format similar to the Ryder’s Cup. And, the International Team crushed the Americans during the last Ryder’s Cup. However, the place to start is to still look at the format when making picks. Here’s how the format is set for the 2019 Presidents Cup.

Thursday: 5 Four-ball matches
Friday: 5 Foursomes matches
Sat Morn: 4 Four-ball matches
Sat After: 4 Foursomes matches
Sunday: 12 Singles matches

The International Team is looking for an upset this time around in Australia and the have the team that can pull off the win against Team USA. Just look back at the Ryder Cup. Team USA was touted as being almost unbeatable but came out with uninspired play which turned into a beat down by the Europeans. Ernie Els could pull off the upset again with players such as Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, HaoTong Li, and C T Pan. Any of these players can win a stroke-play match with ease.

Team USA is fronted by Woods who will also be teeing off with the team. It’s hard to push aside what Woods can do in any given situation as he’s shown he can still win big events and Majors. However, Woods has packed his team with plenty of talent in case he hits some rough spots. You can’t argue with players such as Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, and of course Dustin Johnson.

Top-Rated Online Sportsbooks, like MyBookie Sportsbook Review, are pointing towards Team USA to win the 2019 Presidents Cup barring a Ryder Cup meltdown. It’s the American’s tournament to lose.

Odds to win 2019 Presidents Cup

Here are the odds for both team and individual players according to MyBookie Sportsbook Review.




Odds for the Top American Player


Justin Thomas+450
Xander Schauffele+600
Dustin Johnson+650
Patrick Cantlay+700
Patrick Reed+800
Rickie Fowler+1000
Tiger Woods+1100
Bryson DeChambeau+1200
Gary Woodland+1200
Tony Finau+1200
Webb Simpson+1200
Matt Kuchar+1800


Odds for the Top International Player


Adam Scott+450
Hideki Matsuyama+450
Louis Oosthuizen+550
Marc Leishman+700
Sungjae Im+700
Cameron Smith+800
Joaquin Niemann+1200
Adam Hadwin+1400
Byeong-Hun An+1400
HaoTong Li+1600
Abraham Ancer+2000
C T Pan+2500



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