Presidents Cup predictionsIs an upset brewing for International Team Captain Nick Price and Adam Scott? A few experts think so.October 01, 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
The Presidents Cup is almost here and our experts are ready to weigh in with their predictions for Muirfield Village Golf Club. It would seem the Americans hold the advantage over the International Team, having eight of the world's top 15 players while holding a 7-1-1 record in the event. So you might be surprised by some of our predictions.
The Presidents Cup Expert Winner MVP Mike McAllister Internationals will get moral victory by keeping it close. Matt Kuchar: Among the 24 players, only Tiger has a better track record at Muirfield Village. Bill Cooney Putting. Five Americans ranked inside the top 25 in strokes gained-putting; only two Internationals ranked in the top 75. Steve Stricker: Remarkably ranked among top 3 in greens hit, driving accuracy, strokes gained-putting and scrambling in 2013. Ryan Smithson
Someone has to call the upset. Adam Scott seems fired up to end lead an end to the losing streak.
Graham DeLaet: Internationals. Motivated. Enters on a hot streak. Best driver among the 24.
Rob Bolton The Americans are deep enough to field a B team and the dynamics facing the Internationals remain too great to master in a short time frame. Jordan Spieth: The magical and unprecedented year continues for the unflappable 20-year-old with no limits. Brian Wacker It will be closer than the matchups on paper suggest, but after losing the Ryder Cup on home soil the American won't let this one slip away. Tiger Woods: Though he struggled through much of the Playoffs, he has an impressive record here and in the Presidents Cup with a 20-14-1 mark. Helen Ross This one will be competitive but I just think the American team is too deep. Phil Mickelson: Only player to play in all nine previous Presidents Cups -- has 18-14-10 record overall but a 9-2-3 mark in last three years. John Swantek I'm going against the grain and going with Nick Price's nothing-to-lose squad in a shocker. Jason Day: Three times a runner-up in majors, the Aussie always plays big in the biggest events. In his adopted home town, his local knowledge spurs the upset.
Chris Dunham The team is just too talented to lose at home.
Jordan Spieth: Arguably the world's hottest player not named Stenson, the TOUR Rookie of the Year is poised for a big week.
Sean Martin Europe won the Ryder Cup for the first time on U.S. soil in 1987 at ... Muirfield Village. It's a good omen for a big upset. Hideki Matsuyama: A Japanese player -- Shigeki Maruyama -- helped the Internationals to their only win, going 5-0-0 in 1998. Matsuyama is next.
Amanda Balionis Internationals will keep it close but the total tee to green game the USA players are bringing to the table this week will be too much to handle.
Jordan Spieth: He was clutch all season when it mattered and I expect that to carry over this week.