The teams for The Presidents Cup this week will be made up 2 12 man teams.  Here are the teams.

Team USA

Dustin Johnson

Jordan Spieth

Justin Thomas

Daniel Berger

Brooks Koepka

Rickie Fowler

Kevin Kisner

Patrick Reed

Matt Kuchar

Kevin Chappell

Charley Hoffman

Phil Mickelson

International Team

Hideki Matsuyama

Jason Day

Adam Scott

Louis Oosthuizen

Marc Leishman

Charl Schwartzel

Branden Grace

Si Woo Kim
 
Jhonattan Vegas 
 
Adam Hadwin
 
Emiliano Grillo
 
Anirban Lahiri
 
On paper the US Team is much stronger than the International Team but that is why they play the game.  The US Team has the reigning US Open, British Open and PGA Championship winners on it so one would think that they have the competitive edge.  
 
The International Team does have Matsuyama and Day but beyond that there really isn’t anyone scary on the team but there are a couple of guys there who have won this year (Leishman, Hadwin, Vegas, and Kim) so they have some guys that know how to close the deal.  
 
The matches for Thursday afternoon are:

Justin Thomas & Rickie Fowler vs Charl Schwartzel & Hideki Matsuyama

This may be the strongest International pairing with as great as both players have played all year-long and in big tournaments.  They are going up against the hottest player in the Universe and probably the steadiest player on the team and they are best friends.  This could be a fun one to watch but we expect the US Team to prevail in this one.  

Matt Kuchar & Dustin Johnson vs Jhonattan Vegas & Adam Scott

This is an interesting pairing for the International Squad.  They have put one of the most experienced players with a new comer.  This is a great idea but with DJ being healthy and as steady as Kuchar is this match favors the US Team but we wouldn’t count out Scott and his determination. 

Patrick Reed & Jordan Spieth vs Emiliano Grillo & Si Woo Kim

All were going to say is “WOW!”  We feel like the International Team put up the sacrificial lambs up against Captain America and the Number 2 Player in the world.  On paper this has an American Flag on the boards so we will see.  

Daniel Berger & Brooks Koepka vs Branden Grace & Louis Oosthuizen

This could be a tough one for the USA to win.  The International’s have 2 players from South Africa that could be very tough to beat.  If Koepka plays like he did at the US Open it wouldn’t matter how anyone plays they will win but we think that this could be an International Flag on the board.  

Phil Mickelson & Kevin Kisner vs Marc Leishman & Jason Day

This is another one of those matches that is difficult to call.  As Americans we know how great Phil plays in these matches but he has not been in form recently and Kisner has been competitive but hasn’t been able to get into the winners circle.  Leishman won a playoff event going away and Jason Day is Jason Day so based on recent performance we will take the International Squad in this match.  

Dads Say So, based on what we see on paper we have the US up 3 to 2 after the first session.  We are excited to see how the matches unfold tomorrow and we will report back tomorrow night as to the outcomes.  As Nick Price said today, “In match play anything is possible.”

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