In 17 days, the fourteenth edition of the Presidents Cup will start on the course of the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Well, due to the ongoing war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, there is a long list of excellent outsiders.
Presidents Cup, players
Players who will not be able to take part in the competition either by qualification or by choice of their Captain (obviously they could not even have filled the role of Assistant). The hosts will have to do without Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Phl Mickelson and Taylor Gooch.
The Internationals, for their part, will not have Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace available. Names that are effective, it would seem those of the qualified for the classification …
But is not so. Pending Davis Love III’s six picks, Team USA is currently made up of Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Sam Burns, Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele. Trevor Immelmann already has Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, Corey Conners, Adam Scott, Mito Pereira and Tom Kim at his disposal.
The disparity of values in the field is already evident in this way. It is true that the Americans have tradition on their side, with 11 victories out of thirteen editions. But it is also true that among the “banned” Internationals there are Smith, Ancer and Niemann, players who are going through a moment of great form, unlike the excluded US players.
We all know that in the Ryder Cup formula sometimes a couple of players on the ball are enough to drag the whole team. The Presidents Cup is a golf competition between a US and an international selection representing the rest of the world excluding Europe (Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Oceania, Mexico and Canada).
Europe and the United States clash in another competition, the Ryder Cup. The Presidents Cup has been held every two years since 1994. It was initially organized in even years, but following the cancellation of the 2001 edition of the Ryder Cup due to the September 11 attacks and the postponement to the following year, the Presidents Cup was it is held in odd years until the 2019 edition; due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent postponement of the 2020 edition of the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup is held again in even years .
The venue of the event varies, alternating between a US venue and a country of the international team. In this golfing competition, the US domination is almost absolute: in 12 editions, so far disputed, there are as many as 10 stars and stripes successes, a draw and only one success of the Rest of the World team.