Presidents Cup betting odds, rosters, format: Tiger Woods’ Americans favored in match play event

Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods
Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Team USA is a clear favorite to win this weekend’s Presidents Cup against an International Team representing the rest of the world minus Europe, but the Americans’ odds have shortened slightly without World No. 1 Brooks Koepka in the lineup.

Team USA opened as a -310 betting favorite to win the match play event that pairs 12 golfers in a competition consisting of 30 matches in Australia, but Koepka pulled out of the event after injuring his knee during the CJ Cup in October. Team captain Tiger Woods elected to replace Koepka with Rickie Fowler. With the final rosters in place, Team USA is a -275 favorite at Westgate SuperBook to continue its dominance over the Internationals (+225).

On paper, Woods’ roster boasts the better and star-studded lineup featuring Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay, among others. Team USA is 10-1-1 in the 12 Presidents Cups since the event started in 1994. The possibility of a tie is reflected in a 3-way betting prop that lists Team USA as a -225 favorite with the Internationals +225 and a draw priced at +1400.

But the Internationals will have the home-crowd advantage at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, a par-71, 7,055-yard course that features just two Par 5s and three Par 3s.

Members of the International team also expect Patrick Reed to face a public backlash after a rules-breaking controversy on Friday at the Hero World Challenge. Reed was penalized 2 strokes for improving his lie by moving sand behind his ball, a costly mistake as he finished two shots behind winner Henrik Stenson.

If Reed is rattled by the crowd, there is a chance, based on a new rule, that team captains will elect to play him in just one match prior to the final-round singles on Saturday.

Presidents Cup golf format, rules

New in 2019, the Presidents Cup will feature a rule change designed to ease depth concerns for the Internationals. Each player will now only be required to play a minimum of one match prior to the final-round singles matches instead of two.

For those unfamiliar with the format of the Presidents Cup, there will be 30 matches worth one point each over five sessions beginning Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Golf Channel will have live coverage from start to finish.

Session 1 (Wed. 5:30 p.m. ET – midnight) – 5 Four-ball matches (Best-ball format)
Session 2 (Thurs. 7 p.m.- midnight) – 5 Foursomes matches (Alternate-shot format)
Session 3 (Fri. 3 p.m.- 2 a.m.) – 4 Four-ball matches
Session 4 (Fri. 3 p.m.- 2 a.m.) – 4 Foursomes matches
Session 5 (Sat. 6 p.m.- midnight) – 12 Singles matches

Matches in the first four sessions can end in a tie, awarding a half-point to each team, and singles matches go extra holes beyond an 18-hole tie to determine the winner of a full point.

Presidents Cup rosters, odds

Team USA: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay, Tiger Woods, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau

Team International: Hideki Matsuyama, Abraham Ancer, Adam Scott, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Hadwin, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Byeong Hun-An, CT Pan, Hao-Tong Li and Sungjae Im

Thomas was the top U.S. points scorer in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National and is the 5/1 favorite at the Westgate to lead the Americans in Australia.

Top American point scorer

Thomas 5/1
Schauffele 6/1
Cantlay 7/1
Johnson 7/1
Reed 10/1
Fowler 10/1
Finau 12/1
Woods 12/1
Woodland 14/1
Simpson 14/1
DeChambeau 14/1
Kuchar 20/1

Top International point scorer

Matsuyama 9/2
Scott 5/1
Oosthuizen 6/1
Leishman 8/1
Im 8/1
Smith 8/1
Niemann 14/1
Hun-An 14/1
Li 18/1
Hadwin 18/1
Ancer 18/1
Pan 35/1

Outright correct score prop

USA 20-10 Or Better 5/1
USA 16.5-13.5 9/1
USA 17-13 9/1
USA 15.5-14.5 10/1
USA 16-14 10/1
USA 17.5-12.5 10/1
USA 18-12 10/1
USA 18.5-11.5 11/1
International 15.5-14.5 12/1
Tie 15-15 12/1
USA 19-11 12/1
International 16-14 14/1
USA 19.5-10.5 16/1
International 16.5-13.5 18/1
International 20-10 Or Better 18/1
International 17-13 25/1
International 17.5-12.5 33/1
International 18-12 40/1
International 18.5-11.5 50/1
International 19-11 66/1
International 19.5-10.5 80/1

Session 1 matchup odds

Woods gets things underway at 5:32 p.m. ET in a best-ball pairing with Thomas as -185 favorites against Leishman and Niemann.

J NIEMANN/M LEISHMAN +155
T WOODS/J THOMAS – 185

5:47 p.m. ET
S IM/A HADWIN +145
P CANTLAY/X SCHAUFFELE – 170

6:02 p.m. ET
B H AN/A SCOTT – 110
T FINAU/B DeCHAMBEAU – 110

6:17 p.m. ET
C.T. PAN/H MATSUYAMA +135
P REED/W SIMPSON – 155

6:32 p.m. ET
L OOSTHUIZEN/A ANCER +120
G WOODLAND/D JOHNSON – 140

Day 1 correct score prop

USA 3-2 +350
International 3-2 +450
Tie 2.5-2.5 +500
USA 3.5-1.5 +550
USA 4-1 +600
International 3.5-1.5 +900
International 4-1 +1400
USA 4.5-0.5 +1800
USA 5-0 +2200
International 4.5-0.5 +3300
International 5-0 +6600

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