The 14th annual Presidents Cup kicks off Thursday afternoon at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
While Team USA is the heavy favorite, the Internationals will be looking to get off to a strong start as they did three years ago in Australia, where they vaulted over the Americans, 4-1, in fourballs before ultimately losing their eighth Presidents Cup. consecutive. for two points.
First there are five foursomes (alternate shot) matches. It’s a format that the Americans have outscored their opponents, 71.5-31.5, in the last 10 editions.
The rest of the week looks like this: Friday: five fourballs matches; Saturday: four foursomes matches in the morning, four fourballs matches in the afternoon; Sunday – 12 individual matches. Coverage begins at 1 pm ET on the Golf Channel.
Here are the matchups, matchups and tee times for Thursday’s opening foursomes session (all times ET):
13:05: Patrick Cantlay / Xander Schauffele (USA). Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (INT)
US captain Davis Love III postponed the opening pick (this competition staggers match announcements) and international captain Trevor Immelman quickly announced his two most experienced players as the first pairing. The two have combined for 13 Presidents Cup appearances and are a combined 8-13-3 in foursomes. As general partners, they have a 1-3-1 record.
Love offset by a couple of good friends who have great results together in this format. Cantlay and Schauffele are 4-0 as a team (2019 Presidents Cup, 2021 Ryder Cup) in alternate shooting. They also won the Zurich Classic team event earlier this year.
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1:17 p.m.: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (INT)
Spieth and Thomas have never been paired in this competition, but they are 4-2 together in the Ryder Cup. Spieth is a perfect 5-0 in Presidents Cup foursomes, while Thomas is 2-0-2. .
I played in all five sessions in his cup debut in 2019, going 2-1-1 in team portions. Conners is one of seven rookies on this year’s international team. Both players excel off the tee, but Im has the better game overall.
1:29 p.m.: Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) vs. Tom Kim/KH Lee (INT)
Captain Love said the players were eager to play alongside rookie Young, and it was Morikawa who got the call. Young was second on Tour last year in strokes gained: off the tee (third in distance). Morikawa was third on the Tour in strokes gained – get close to the green.
Kim and Lee are one of Captain Immelman’s two rookie couples. The South Koreans won on the Tour last season. Kim, 20, has been praised by his teammates for helping bring the group together. Lee, meanwhile, was described by Scott as the most dominant player on the team during a Quail Hollow scouting trip a couple of weeks ago.
Team captains announce the pairings of the quartets for Day 1
1:41 p.m.: Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA) vs. Si Woo Kim/Cam Davis (INT)
Scheffler and Burns are Presidents Cup rookies, but they don’t look like rookies. In addition to being the best of friends, Scheffler is No. 1 in the world and Burns is No. 12. Kim and Davis are a combined 142 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Burns and Davis have no cup experience. Scheffler went 2-0-1 in last year’s Ryder Cup. Kim went 1-2-0 in the 2017 Presidents Cup.
13:53: Tony Finau / Max Homa (USA) vs. Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (INT)
While Homa is making his cup debut, Finau has played on the last two American teams, going 0-1-3 in the ’19 Presidents Cup and 1-2-0 in the ’21 Ryder Cup.
Pendrith and Pereira are the second rookie team on the visiting side. Canadian Pendrith is a great hitter, ranking ninth on the Tour in driving distance last season (322 yards). Chilean Pereira turned 14the on greens hit in regulation.