Golf Glance: U.S. goes for 8th straight Presidents Cup
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LAST TOURNAMENT: Hero World Challenge (Henrik Stenson)
THIS WEEK: Presidents Cup, Dec. 12-15
Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Par 71, 7,047 yards)
Defending Champion: United States, 2017
TV: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight ET (Golf Channel); Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight ET (GC); Friday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. ET (GC); Saturday, 6 p.m.-midnight ET (GC)
NOTES: The United States is heavily favored to win its eighth consecutive Presidents Cup, which is held every two years. The only win for the International Team (excluding Europe) came in 1998, when the event was also held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. ... The U.S. team won at Royal Melbourne in 2011 and holds a 10-1-1 lead in the Presidents Cup. ... The match-play format begins Thursday with five Four-Ball matches, followed by five Foursomes matches on Friday. The 12-man teams will compete Saturday in four Four-Ball matches in the morning and in four Foursomes in the afternoon. The final day will feature 12 Singles matches. ... All matches are worth one point. ... Each player is required to play once before the singles matches. .... U.S. player-captain Tiger Woods, making his ninth appearance, is 24-15-1 at the Presidents Cup. He needs two victories to tie Phil Mickelson for most matches won. Mickelson is not competing this week after having being a member of the U.S. team for the first 12 editions of the President Cup. ... American Justin Thomas is the betting favorite to score the most points according to DraftKings (+800) and PointsBet (+450), followed by teammate Dustin Johnson (+900, +600). ... Only five from the International Team have prior experience, led by Australian Adam Scott, who has posted a 14-20-5 mark in eight events. ... Scott is 18th in the World Rankings, behind 10 Americans competing this week. ... Captain Ernie Els' other top players include South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen (ranked 20th), Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (21st) and Australia's Marc Leishman (28th). All three are making their fourth consecutive appearance. ... There is no prize money, but the PGA Tour contributes to charities, which are nominated by members of both teams. The PGA Tour distributed $10.7 million in 2017.
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