The United States enters the Presidents Cup as a big favorite

The United States enters the Presidents Cup as a big favorite

It will be surprising if the United States does not win the Presidents Cup.

The United States has a staggering -700 on BetMGM to win the four-day tournament over Team International that begins Thursday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. The USA are huge favorites who will only earn $1.43 if they bet $10 on a USA win.

The International Team is at +650 to win while a tie is at +1600. Internationals have such slim chances of winning thanks to LIV Golf. The new Saudi-funded golf tour has signed many of the team’s top players, including Cam Smith, Joaquin Niemann and Abraham Ancer. As a refresher, since the Ryder Cup is the United States against Europe, the Presidents Cup is the United States against the rest of the world. The international team includes Canadians Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith.

The United States was also not immune to defections from LIV Golf. Players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka were on the 2021 Ryder Cup squad but aren’t on the Presidents Cup squad because they went to LIV. The PGA Tour hosts the Presidents Cup and any golfer who has signed with LIV is not eligible to compete in the event just as they are not eligible to compete on the PGA Tour.

Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele are members of the highly favored US Presidents Cup team. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is the favorite to be the Americans’ leading scorer. He is at +500 to win while Patrick Cantlay is at +550 and Xander Schauffele is at +600 ahead of Justin Thomas at +700. Sungjae Im is the favorite to be the international team’s top scorer at +500, while Hideki Matsuyama is at +550 and both Corey Conners and Adam Scott are at +650.

There is some value if you believe that a member of the international team will be the top points scorer overall. Scheffler is the +700 favorite to score the most points on any team, while Im is +1800. Ten of the 12 golfers on Team USA are ahead of Im in overall top scorer odds: only Billy Horschel (+2,800) and Kevin Kisner (+6,600) have higher odds than Im.

Collin Morikawa is +250 to be the top scorer among the six US team captain picks, while Si Woo Kim is +300 to lead the six international team captain picks.

USA Top Scorer Odds

  • Scottie Scheffler (+500)

  • Patrick Cantlay (+550)

  • Shovel Xander (+600)

  • Justin Thomas (+700)

  • Sam Burns (+800)

  • Colin Morikawa (+900)

  • Tony Finau (+900)

  • Max Homa (+1000)

  • Jordan Spieth (+1200)

  • Cameron Young (+1400)

  • Billy Horschel (+2200)

  • Kevin Kisner (+4000)

International top scorer odds

All-time top scorer

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