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USA Slight +115 Underdog After Trailing Presidents Cup Entering Final Day

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The Americans trail entering the final day of the Presidents Cup. Photo from @GolfDigest (Twitter).
  • The United States are two points behind the Internationals entering the final day of the Presidents Cup
  • USA is in danger of losing their first cup since 1998
  • See the live odds and whether it’s worth a gamble to bet on the States

In an ironic inverse of day two, the Americans looked like they’d sweep all four sessions of the afternoon Foursomes to draw even with the Internationals. However, two late rallies resulted in ties so the Internationals are still holding off the Americans by two points heading into the final day of the Presidents Cup.

Though the American squad is trailing, they’re barely an underdog with the odds super close given that the International team was a heavy underdog entering the week.

So is now the time to bet on the Americans to win the Presidents Cup? Keep in mind two critical stats – no team has ever come from behind on the final day to win the event, plus, surprisingly, the States have won just once in the last six singles sessions.

Updated Odds to Win 2019 Presidents Cup

Team Odds at Bovada
Internationals +110
United States +115
TIE +700

Odds taken December 14th

If you’re wondering why the US was so heavily favored coming into the event, just take a look at the rosters, which are heavily slanted towards USA. The Internationals have proven to be extremely gritty and opportunistic which has given them a surprising lead entering the final round.

2019 Presidents Cup Teams & Player World Ranking

Team USA Team Internationals
Justin Thomas – 4 Adam Scott – 18
Dustin Johnson – 5 Louis Oosthuizen – 20
Tiger Woods – 6* Hideki Matsuyama – 21
Patrick Cantlay – 7 Marc Leishman – 28
Xander Schauffele – 9 Sungjae Im – 36*
Webb Simpson – 11 Abraham Ancer – 39
Patrick Reed – 12* Byeong Hun An – 42**
Bryson DeChambeau – 13 Adam Hadwin – 48*
Tony Finau – 16* Cameron Smith – 52
Gary Woodland – 17* Joaquin Niemann – 56*
Rickie Fowler – 22** C.T. Pan – 64
Matt Kuchar – 24 Haotong Li – 65

*Denotes Captain’s Pick
**Denotes Injury Replacement for Brooks Koepka and Jason Day

Internationals Late Rally a Huge Momentum Swinger

The American tandem of Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler looked to be on cruise control with a commanding 5-up leading after 10 holes, only to squander it with three consecutive bogeys on the final three holes to gift wrap a tie for the Internationals. Not only that, but Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar let a late lead slip through their grasp as well to tie Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer – effectively swinging the momentum back the other way.

This week has been a see-saw with the Internationals poised to take a stranglehold, then the Americans getting back in it, then both teams switching places in momentum. Captain Tiger Woods did not play at all in the two third-day sessions, raising eyebrows but given that the States held their own, he will surely escape heavy criticism. It all sets the stage for an epic final day where there will be twelve singles matches to decide the cup. The only time the Internationals have won it came way back in 1998 on this very course (there was one tie in 2003)

Final Round Singles Matches

Team USA
VS
Team Internationals

Tiger Woods Match 1 Abraham Ancer
Tony Finau Match 2 Hideki Matsuyama
Patrick Reed Match 3 C.T. Pan
Dustin Johnson Match 4 Haotong Li
Bryson DeChambeau Match 5 Adam Hadwin
Gary Woodland Match 6 Sungjae Im
Patrick Cantlay Match 7 Joaquin Niemann
Xander Schauffele Match 8 Adam Scott
Webb Simpson Match 9 Byeong Hun An
Justin Thomas Match 10 Cameron Smith
Matt Kuchar Match 11 Louis Oosthuizen
Rickie Fowler Match 12 Marc Leishman

Who You Should Bet Today

Basically nobody had the Internationals to win the Presidents Cup before the event, and even their +250 odds didn’t seem appealing given their history and inferior team.

They need just 5.5 points to win the cup while the States must get at least 7.5 to take home the trophy. Despite the deficit, continue to bet on the stronger team, even though they are trailing in the event.

Pick: Team USA Wins Presidents Cup (+115)


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