The Presidents Cup starts where American golfers are the favorites, but…
Introduces how the company was born and grew Presidents Cup, It’s time to embark on the 2022 edition which begins this Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, and which you can follow on the screen of Golf Channel Latin America.
During this first day of play, there will be 5 matches in the form of alternating shots. This means that one player from each pair hits the first shot of hole 1, the next shot is hit by his partner. and so they alternate until they complete the hole. In the next chapter, and whoever hit the last shot on the previous hole, whoever did not hit the initial shot on 1 does so on 2. This means that one always hits the first shot on the even holes and the other does. it’s always in the odds. This is the hardest mod in golf because the player never gets into a rhythm, and maybe doesn’t have to hit a long putt until the 5. What is the strategy here to build pairs? For years we’ve played that format, it’s still played, in the South American Amateur Tag Team Championship, and I’ve always felt that for that form of play, you have to do it with someone you’re with. heard very well. Being friends with your game partner makes this “torture” much more bearable and I think it’s more important that their game is similar to the other. There is something that should be very clear in this format: if you miss a shot or a short putt, you should never ask for forgiveness. It goes without saying that no one makes a mistake on purpose, and the simple act of asking for forgiveness increases the burden of those who have made the mistake.
Explained the format in which we enter who they will be the stars of this 14th edition of the Presidents Cup. Both teams lost players who surely would have been this week at the LIV series. The conflict that is gripping professional golf has taken many players by dint of offering them incredible contracts, and the PGA Tour, organizer of the Presidents Cup, has decided that “deserters” cannot be part of the teams. I think the international team was more affected by these missing names, since the locals have more substitutes. Mexican Abraham Ancer, Chilean Joaquín Niemann, Australian Cameron Smith and South African Louis Oosthuizen were the first to join the team. All in the top 20 in the world, with Smith sitting second in the world rankings after winning at St. Andrews two months ago. For the United States, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed will be absent. These 7 players were in Australia 3 years ago and would have been on the pitch at Quail Hollow this week.
Speaking of scene, this is one of the best clubs in America. In 2003 it received a PGA Tour tournament for the first time and since that year the Wells Fargo Championship has been played every season. Only in 2017, as it hosted the PGA Championship that year, and in this 2022 for Presidents, the tournament was not played on this course. A wooded route, not excessively long (7,250 metres), but for this time of year it has a very different characteristic than when the round is played in May. In the United States, summer is ending and for this time of year it is played on bermudagrass around the greens and on the greens of Quail Hollowe. This makes recovery shots in close proximity to the greens much more difficult, and also makes the greens much firmer than with reseeded grass for the winter. The weather is very good for the whole week, and it will show us very firm and extremely fast greens, especially when faced with a downhill putt and with the “hair” in favor.
If you want to know who will win, there is no doubt that locals are big favorites. Their best player is number 1 in the world ranking, while their worst player is number 25 in this ranking. On the international side, the best is at 17th place and the worst at 109. The average world ranking of Americans is 11 and that of internationals is 49. Reading these numbers, one might wonder what they play if there doesn’t seem to be a chance of an unfavorable outcome for the hosts, but there are other numbers in golf that matter as well. To understand how equal world golf is, just look at this number: Scottie Scheffler (USA) is the world number 1, and obviously the highest ranked player this week. Australian Cameron Davis (AUS) is the 109th in the world and the lowest ranked player this week. Scheffler’s average score in 2022 was 69.29 strokes per round played while Davis’ was 70.50. That’s a bit more than a stroke difference, which in four-round tournaments ends up being a lot, but in these matches with only 18 holes, everything is even. That said, the hosts are the favorites and a lot of the end result will depend on what happens on day one.
In the history of the Presidents Cup, the Americans have a huge advantage over the internationals in alternating strokes during the first thirteen editions (83.5 to 54 and the half point is awarded when the match ends even after the 18th hole). If the internationals manage to emerge victorious on Thursday or lose narrowly, then we can see some good competition. If, on the other hand, the locals maintain their superiority and take a big advantage on the first day, the predictions of blows that many anticipate are likely to materialize.
It’s time for a great golf show to begin. Here I leave all 5 games on Thursday and expect you at 1:00 p.m. EST on the Golf Channel screen to enjoy the Presidents Cup.
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