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Rupert Wyman 16th Nov 2011 - 15:46

Woods and Stricker reunite at the Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup is a competition where an International Team representing the rest of the world less Europe takes on the United States.  It is held biennially, like the Ryder Cup and on our side of the Atlantic, it is the poor man's version.

A win for the International Team is 10/11, the tie is 12/1 and the United States victory is Even money.

Europe have no interest in the event, the European players will be taking part in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Iskandar Johor Open and the Dunlop Phoenix this week.

The scoring system of the event is match play and this year, the International team has home advantage. They will play at a tricky and tough course in the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia and the US team will have little or no course knowledge.

The Aussies are passionate fans and they will especially get behind the likes of Baddeley and Day. Looking at past results, the US have dominated the event. There was a tie in South Africa in 2003 but they have not been beaten since 1998.

Both teams consist of twelve players and each captain has two wildcard picks. One of Fred Couples picks is Tiger Woods and he has finally found some form.  After a summer of injuries, he put in a promising show at the Australian Open last week.

It was his best performance in a year to forget, Woods was the lowest ranked American in a field that featured eight players from the 12-man U.S Presidents Cup team.  He is on an upward trend and you can get him at 11/2 to be the top American.

For the first day, Stricker has been paired with Woods against Adam Scott and K.J Choi. Everyone knows about Tiger's former caddie, Steve Williams alleged racial slur. He now carries Adam Scott's bad, there should be no problems as they walk to the first tee.

There is no aggression between the four players and you can back Woods and Stricker to win the Foursome at 4/5 draw no bet.  The international players that will never play in the Ryder Cup, they should embrace the competition but for the US players, it may not be the same.

The Internationals have a 2011 Major winner in Schwartzel but on the US PGA Tour, 2011 belongs to the rejuvenated Davd Toms and the likes of Webb Simpson and Haas.

If you look at the world rankings for members of the U.S and International Presidents Cup teams, the US clearly have the stronger team. The even money for a US outright win looks good, the US are favs in four of the six foursomes on Thursday and had it not been for the International's home advantage, they would be big favourites to win the event.

The greens are some of the toughest in the world and they could cause the players major headaches. The danger to the USA is course knowledge, the golf course requires a lot of strategy, the likes of Robert Allenby will take to it from day one.



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