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The President's Cup going to be a Rout - On Paper at least!

The President’s Cup going to be a Rout – On Paper at least!

The President’s Cup is going to be a Rout – On Paper, at least!

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Jack Nicklaus GC.  Songdo IBD, Incheon City, Korea.

The Venue for the 2015 President’s Cup.  Jack Nicklaus, GC.  Songdo IBD, Incheon City, Korea.

I’m going to start this article by saying that I am South African and will be pulling for the International Team in this week’s President’s Cup.  

Nick Price is a friend of mine and a genuinely nice guy.  (So is Jay Haas) However, on paper, it does not look good for the Internationals.  Of course, many times in the history of human endeavor, “on paper” has meant absolutely squat!

The President's Cup going to  be a Rout - On Paper at least!

Good Luck to both Captains!  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Check out my reasoning:

Team USA            World Ranking                            International Team                             World Ranking

Jordan Spieth               1                                                   Jason Day                                                   2

Bubba Watson              4                                                  Louis Oosthuizen                                      12

Rickie Fowler                5                                                  Adam Scott                                                13

Dustin Johnson            8                                                  Hideki Matsuyama                                  14

Zach Johnson               10                                                Brandon Grace                                          22

Matt Kuchar                 15                                                 Thongchai Jaidee                                     32

Jimmy Walker              16                                               Danny Lee                                                   36

J.B. Holmes                   18                                              Marc Leishman                                           37

Patrick Reed                  19                                              Anirban Lahiri                                            39

Phil Mickelson              24                                             Charl Schwartzel                                         47

Chris Kirk                       27                                            Steven Bowditch                                          58

Bill Haas                         28                                            Sang Moon Bae                                            85

The USA’s World Ranking Points add up to 175.  The International Team points add up to 397.  The team with the lowest points is obviously the strongest. Bill Haas, the weakest player on the US Team, is stronger than 50% of the International squad.  So, as I said earlier, it looks like a runaway for the USA.   Chris Kirk is the only player on the US Team without team competition experience.  The Internationals have 5 first-timers.

Nick Price successfully changed the format to gain a little advantage and keep the competition more exciting for the fans.  We’ll see come Sunday afternoon, whether that was worth the effort!

On Thursday, I wish both teams a fun, friendly, yet competitive competition.  Let’s see what “on paper” really means.

Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR   Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

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