Team members build their best Presidents Cup players, on both sides

Team members build their best Presidents Cup players, on both sides

The USA are already heavy favorites to win this week’s Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow. But what if you took the best skills from each side and transformed them into an ultimate president?

While the international team room was decimated by LIV Golf defections, the American team has weathered the loss of potential players by fielding a 12-man squad that includes 11 of the top 18 players in the Official World Golf Ranking. So clearly the home team has more talent to choose from.

Still, it’s an interesting thought: Which player is the best on each team at driving, iron play, short game and putting? Here’s what the shots gained stats say, with the player’s rank in parentheses:

Off the tee: Cameron Young (2), Sungjae Im (8)

Approach: Collin Morikawa (3), Hideki Matsuyama (6)

Around the green: Billy Horschel (8), Sungjae Im (12)

Putting: Kevin Kisner (9), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (6)

But what do the players think? There was time Tuesday afternoon for various members of the US and international team to offer their thoughts:

U.S

billy horschel

Driving: max homa

iron set: Jordan Spieth (or Justin Thomas)

short game: Justin Thomas, although he said “wedges”

Putting up: sam burns

Explanation: “I think Max Homa is handling the ball very well at the moment. I saw a bit last week. He is doing so well right now. What he has done in the last 18 months has been impressive. I’m trying to think of all the guys on the team, 12 guys. Yes, I would say that with length and straightness, he is there. Iron game, I would go with Jordan or Justin. Wedge game, I’d probably go with JT. And put, Sam Burns. Sam is a really good putter. I played with him in Zurich, so I see him a lot. … You can’t go wrong. I could take any part of these guys, and it would be awesome. Choosing one of 12 types is difficult. Man, I’m going to bench this guy and that guy. You could pick every part of our game and put them together, and you’d get an amazing player.”

jordan spieth

Driving: young cameron

iron set: Colin Morikawa

short game: Any

Putting up: Xander Schauffele

Explanation: “Well, I haven’t played Cameron Young, but I saw him hit three sets this morning, and I don’t know if anybody could hit a set like that, so long and straight. I’d say he hits a tee ball. I would probably pick JT for the approaches. You could go to anyone, Collin, for close-ups. It’s hard because it’s like everyone has a great short game. Xander is probably the most consistent top 10 putter in the world on our team. So I hope that answered that.”

scottie scheffler

Driving: young cameron

iron set: Colin Morikawa

short game: jordan spieth

Putting up: jordan spieth

Explanation: “OK, wow, you’re hitting me with a hard one here. He would probably let Jordan kick. I could leave it chip, too. He’s pretty good at that kind of thing. Let’s see, who else is on the team? This is hard out of place. Who hits it the farthest? Fine probably? Cam Young? Yeah, I’d say Cam Young hits tee balls, and then maybe Collin with irons. I hope I haven’t offended anyone on the team with that response. I don’t know if that was correct or not.”

max homa

Driving: young cameron

iron set: Colin Morikawa

short game: jordan spieth

Putting up: sam burns

Explanation: “That’s tough. I guess I want a driver like Cam Young, irons like Collin, short game like Jordan, putt like Sam, I think. That would be a good player. (Why don’t you choose yourself for one of those?) They’re just better with me than those. You said perfect.

sam burns

Driving: young cameron

iron set: Colin Morikawa

short game: Justin Thomas (or Jordan Spieth)

Putting up: I don’t know, but he would take himself.

Explanation: “There are a lot of good drivers in this team. Cam Young hits him pretty far, pretty straight. Iron set, probably Collin. He would say short game, probably JT or Jordan. Put – I don’t know who I would choose to put. I’d have to think about it a bit. (You say there have been a couple of guys.) I’ll take it.”

justin thomas

Driving: young cameron

iron set: justin thomas

short game: jordan spieth

Putting up: Kevin Kisner

Explanation: “I mean, Cam Young off the tee is really impressive. I mean, I’d take my iron set. He would take the short game from Jordan. Putting – Kiz, probably.”

Spieth has become the leader of the US Presidents Cup.

International

Tom Kim

Driving: Adam Scott

iron set: Tom Kim

short game: Hideki Matsuyama

Putting up: Tom Kim

Explanation: “Driver, I would say, played with Adam today and Adam’s driving is really good, so I would pick Adam. Iron game, confident in myself, so I will choose myself. Short game, I think Hideki has very good touch, so I’ll pick Hideki for that. Putt, I guess you’d have to pick me because I won that putt on Sunday.”

Adam Scott

Driving: cam davis

iron set: Hideki Matsuyama

short game: Sunjae Im

Putting up: Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Explanation: “Okay, I’ll pick Cam Davis to drive the ball and Hideki’s iron game. That’s a tough question because Sungjae is pretty strong there too. You could flip a coin with those two. Christiaan Bezuidenhout is probably the best putter out there, and short game, I’ll have to think about the list. It’s not that easy. I have to put… you’ve stumped me on this one. I want to put Sungjae in there. How have I not put this guy on the team yet? I think almost any of us could get in there. I think in general the level on the PGA Tour is very high anyway. You know, Sungjae could be just about the ideal match player on his account, to be perfectly honest.”

cam davis

Driving: Adam Scott

iron set: Hideki Matsuyama

short game: Tom Kim

Putting up: Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Explanation: “I think Hideki would be great for the irons. I think Adam Scott is one of the best drivers out there. He is a great guy to add to the bag. Christiaan has been amazingly putting on this week, well this year, and I’m sure this week too. Actually, Tom Kim has a short game on him. I have seen it today. He is adding them, and everything is close to everywhere. So it would be a really good grouping there, I feel like a lot of guys have putts that are coming in right now, just like that. So you might see some guys in their best match-play form this week.”

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