Get ready! The 2019 Presidents Cup between Team USA and Team International is almost upon us. Let’s meet the players from Tiger’s Team USA.
History & Format
The 2019 Presidents Cup will be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club from 12-15 December 2019. It will be the 13th edition of the competition between Team USA and Team International.
The Presidents Cup is played every two years and pits the United States team against the International team. The International team is comprised of golfers from outside Europe.
The US team is the defending champion, having won the 2017 tournament 19-11. The US leads the series with 10 wins, one draw and one defeat. Royal Melbourne has previously hosted the tournament in 1998, at which the International team had their only victory, and 2011.
The Presidents Cup uses a four-day, 34-match format that includes sessions of foursomes, fourball and singles match play.
Team USA: The top eight players on the FedEx Cup point list are automatic qualifiers; the American captain adds four captain’s picks.
Team International: The top eight players from the Official World Golf Ranking are automatic qualifiers; the International captain adds four captain’s picks.
Captain Tiger Woods chose himself as one of his four captain’s picks, along with Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed and Tony Finau. He is only the second playing captain in the event’s history. Hale Irwin played in the inaugural matches 25 years ago. But Woods is the first captain to pick himself for the tournament – Irwin qualified automatically for the event.
The rest of the US team is Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson.
Tiger Woods (Captain) Age: 43 World Ranking: 7 PGA Tour wins: 82 Major Championships wins: 15 Presidents Cup appearances: 8 Presidents Cup record: (W-L-H)24-15-1
Rickie Fowler Age: 30 World Ranking: 21 PGA Tour wins: 5 Presidents Cup appearances: 2 Presidents Cup record: 4-3-1
Dustin Johnson Age: 35 World Ranking: 3 PGA Tour wins: 20 Major Championships wins: 1 Presidents Cup appearances: 3 Presidents Cup record: 8-4-2
Justin Thomas Age: 26 World Ranking: 4 PGA Tour wins: 11 Major Championships wins: 1 Presidents Cup appearances: 1 Presidents Cup record: 3-1-1
Patrick Cantlay Age: 27 World Ranking: 6 PGA Tour wins: 2 Presidents Cup appearances: 0
Xander Schauffele Age: 26 World Ranking: 9 PGA Tour wins: 4 Presidents Cup appearances: 0
Bryson DeChambeau Age: 26 World Ranking: 10 PGA Tour wins: 5 Presidents Cup appearances: 0
Webb Simpson Age: 34 World Ranking: 11 PGA Tour wins: 5 Major Championships wins: 1 Presidents Cup appearances: 2 Presidents Cup record: 5-3-2
Gary Woodland Age: 35 World Ranking: 14 PGA Tour wins: 4 Major Championships wins: 1 Presidents Cup appearances: 0
Patrick Reed Age: 29 World Ranking: 15 PGA Tour wins: 7 Major Championships wins: 1 Presidents Cup appearances: 2 Presidents Cup record: 4-3-2
Tony Finau Age: 30 World Ranking: 16 PGA Tour wins: 1 Presidents Cup appearances: 0
Matt Kuchar Age: 41 World Ranking: 22 PGA Tour wins: 9 Presidents Cup appearances: 4 Presidents Cup record: 6-8-2