U.S. heavily favored to win 2021 Presidents Cup

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April 29th, 2020

The Presidents Cup may not be for another year, but the United States is already a huge favorite (-305) to win the 14th edition, set for Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2021.

For the first time in its history, the biennial match-play tournament will take place at Quail Hollow — the site of the 2017 PGA Championship — in Charlotte, North Carolina. There the U.S. will chase after their ninth straight Presidents Cup victory and 12th overall.

Only once since 1994 has the International team (+300) — represented by the rest of the world, minus Europe — claimed the trophy. That occurred in 1998, at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, also the site of the 2011 and 2019 Presidents Cup. The teams tied (+1200) in 2003, at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club in South Africa.

Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman will head the International team in 2021, as the youngest captain (41) for either team in Presidents Cup history. He served as an assistant to International captain Ernie Els in 2019, when the U.S. rallied during Sunday’s singles matches to hand their opponent a devastating, two-point defeat.

It is possible Tiger Woods will make his second straight appearance as a playing captain for the U.S. next year, but no decision has been announced. In 2019, Woods became the first captain to simultaneously compete as a player in the Presidents Cup since Hale Erwin in 1994.

Woods will be 45 when the next Presidents Cup is held. Last year, he was the only player without a loss or tie in the competition and made seven birdies in 16 holes to defeat Abraham Ancer in the first match during Sunday play.

The U.S. started the final day of the tournament down two points but took six singles matches to eventually win by a score of 16-14.

The U.S. team featured eight players who earned the most FedExCup points, on a weighted scale, from the 2017 BMW Championship through the 2019 BMW championship, plus four players chosen by the captain. The International team was made up of the top eight international players (excluding those eligible for the Ryder Cup) with the most World Golf Ranking points from the Dell Technologies Championship in August 2018 through the BMW Championship in August 2019. The team captain also selected four players.

The U.S. has never lost on American soil and has won home events by an average score of 19 to 13.5 points.

There is no prize money awarded at the Presidents Cup. Since its inception in 1994, the event has raised more than $49.1 million, which has been distributed to more than 450 charities in 16 countries and 35 states in the U.S.

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