After just one week of tournament play, the new PGA Tour season offers something different. The Presidents Cup is a rare, team golf event and, outside of the Ryder Cup, most will acknowledge that it’s the biggest of its kind.
The 2022 edition is the 14th following the inaugural event in 1994. It has not always been a close contest, and the nature of the two teams suggests that it could be another one-sided contest this year.
Last week at the Fortinet Championship we earned a longer odds return in the top 10 finish markets as Taylor Montgomery came home in third place. It was a solid start to the season so let’s see if we can build on it with our Presidents Cup predictions and picks for this preview.
Presidents Cup Format
The Presidents Cup is a straight battle between the United States and an International team. The two rosters are decided via a mixture of FedEx Cup points and Captain’s Picks.
The event is played over four days, starting on September 22nd this year, before coming to a conclusion on Sunday 25th. Day One is given over to Fourballs while Day Two features Foursomes.
A mixture of Fourballs and Foursomes follows on Day Three before Day Four rounds things off with 12 singles matches. There are 30 points up for grabs in total, so the first team to reach 15.5 points is declared the winner. It’s just like an extended Ryder Cup, but what are the odds saying this year?
Outright Winner Market
The United States have been the dominant force in Presidents Cup golf and the home team are red hot favorites to win. The best industry odds on the US in 2022 currently stand at just 1/7. The International team follows at a top price of 8/1 while there is a third option for the tie at a best of 18/1.
Those are the figures for the outright win while there is a separate ‘To Lift the Trophy’ market. This would also cover a tie, in which case the cup would be awarded to holders the USA. The United States are available in this one at 1/14 while the Internationals remain at that 8/1 figure.
The Presidents Cup also resembles the Ryder Cup in terms of its available prop bets. There will be options for Correct Score, Top International Player, Top American Player, Highest Overall Scoring Player, Winners of Each Day and more.
This preview will take a look at some of the more common props. Many bettors will be drawn to the highest American player and the favorite here is current US Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler at best odds of 6/1.
Next up are Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele who are both available at 13/2 while Justin Thomas follows at 7/1. The man to watch here could be Jordan Spieth who is down at 10/1. He has an exceptional record in this tournament with five wins, no draws and no defeats in the foursomes section.
Moving across to the International team, there are joint favorites with Sungjae Im and Hideki Matsuyama both on offer at 6/1. Adam Scott follows at 13/2 while Corey Conners is at 15/2.
There is a lack of depth to this side but it could be worth considering KH Lee who made an impact on the PGA Tour at the end of last season and can be claimed at 14/1.
Our Presidents Cup Predictions, Course & Betting Trends with Picks Verdict for this Preview
The 2022 Presidents Cup will be held in the relatively familiar surroundings of the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a regular host of the Wells Fargo Championship while the PGA Championship was played here in 2017.
The course is a par 71 but there is good length at some 7,600 yards and it will suit the Power Hitters in places. In terms of results, the United States has won all but two of the previous 12 editions of the Presidents Cup. The 2002 tournament ended in a tie while the International team recorded their solitary success back in 1998.
In terms of an overall winner, it’s tough to look past the Americans. Golf is in a period of upheaval but many of their top players remain on the PGA Tour and the team looks to be too strong for their international counterparts.
If you like your profits to be small ones, by all means take the USA at their short odds for the outright win. Stranger things have happened in sport, but this could be the strongest bet of the entire golfing season. Though do you really need to have a wager on anything at odds of -650 with BetOnline?
The value will lie in the available prop markets and we will take Jordan Spieth as the USA’s top points scorer. He has that exceptional matchplay record and the length of this Quail Hollow course can suit his power hitting. Suspect putting isn’t such an issue when you’re playing in a team so Spieth’s troubles with the flatstick should be negated. So this is the betting pick and conclusion of our betting predictions for this Presidents Cup preview:
- Jordan Spieth to be the United States top individual points scorer at +1200 (12/1) with Bovada. He is +1100 (11/1) with EveryGame.
Matt Harris is a golf and soccer expert for USA Betting. His other area of specialist knowledge is cricket. He is well known in sports journalism and contributes articles to a plethora of big-name websites and media outlets. Titles that he writes or has written for include: Betfair, BetVictor, Unibet & Just Bookies.