Presidents Cup Odds: Team USA a Worthy Betting Favorite

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Presidents Cup betting odds are available at sportsbooks including FanDuel and DraftKings. It may not have the same impact as the Ryder Cup, but this week’s event still features the U.S. against part of the rest of the world.

Team USA will be going up against the International Team in a four-day event at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, NC.

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Now while this is an every-other-year event (alternating with the Ryder Cup), this year’s event has an added twist that will have a huge impact on bettors. Team USA is a -700 favorite while the International Team is +750 at FanDuel and at DraftKings. A draw is listed at +2000.

Why the big money discrepancy? Well, Team USA has won eight straight Presidents Cups and nine of the last 10 (with a tie thrown in for good measure).

Don’t look for any interruption this year.

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Missing Big Names Still Favor Team USA

Scottie Scheffler (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Scottie Scheffler (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The huge impact we were talking about comes in the form of team lineups. The faces on each team will be different than we are used to seeing. Part of this story won’t be on which players will be teeing it up, but rather a story about which players are MIA as they are playing for LIV.

If both squads had a full complement of players, there’s no doubt Team USA would still be a popular choice. But certainly not -700. Bettors will have to wager a boatload of cash to get a rowboat of cash in return.

Now, take away names like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, and a couple of others and one would think it might give a little edge to the International Team.

Nope. The International Team has also its share of high-ranking players out of action in Cam Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia, and Marc Leishman.

That may seem like a wash when it comes to talent, but the bottom line is just take a quick look at the world rankings and this story will end quickly…just like we’re expecting the Presidents Cup to be over early.

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It’s All in the Numbers

Team USA will take 11 of the world’s top 20 players into the matches while the International Team will sport just three in the top 20. This is definitely a mismatch on paper. Add in the home course edge and a rowdy USA fan contingent, and it’s a tough road for the International Team to climb.

Just take a look at some of the guys who will be teeing it up.

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Expert Analysis: Team USA is Loaded

When you’ve got a lineup of guys like world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and others it’s just an impressive squad. This team is also the youngest team at an average age of 29.6 years old, so it should be a very bright future for Team USA.

The International Team’s top names are Hideki Matsuyama and Sungjae Im. The others on the team, some of which are up-and-coming top players as well as a few a little past their prime (Corey Conners, Tom Kim and Adam Scott), are going to have a tough time holding up to Team USA’s firepower.

So, expect the value on Team USA to drop down by the hour. Bettors’ best plans might be to check out in-play wagering (if your sportsbook offers it) or daily matchups. You’ll get better odds and more intrigue over the four days of the event.

We’d love to try to find a reason to back the International Team, but even with Johnson, Koepka, DeChambeau, etc., out of the picture there’s just too much depth on Team USA to not back the Red, White and Blue.

Limited Prop Options

The early prop bet pickings are pretty slim but there are options.

One of those is which player will score the most points. On the Team USA side, Scheffler is +550 while Cantlay and Schauffele are at +600.

The International Team is led by Matsuyama and Im, both at +600. The key here is to realize which players will be pitted against each other. Make this bet as late as possible after the first-day matchups are revealed.

Look for a dramatic mismatch and hone in on that one because that one point may mean the difference between cashing a ticket or ripping it up.

We like Morikawa at +850 for Team USA side simply for the fact he will be just a little under the radar with guys like Scheffler and Thomas looked at to carry the load.

As always, shop around the sports betting industry for the best odds on your plays.

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Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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