Golf Betting: United States Enters Presidents Cup as Big Favorite

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It will be a blast if the United States doesn’t win the Presidents Cup.

The US is a whopping -700 at BetMGM to win the four-day international team tournament that begins Thursday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. The United States is such a big favorite that you just win $1.43 if you bet $10 on an American win.

The international team is at +650 to win, while a draw is at +1600. Thanks to LIV Golf, the Internationals are such long strokes to win. The Saudi Arabia-funded golf tour has attracted many of the team’s top players such as Cam Smith, Joaquin Niemann and Abraham Ancer. As a refresher, as the Ryder Cup is the United States vs. Europe, the Presidents Cup is the USA vs. the rest of the world. The international team consists of Canadians Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith.

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The US was also not immune to LIV Gulf defectors. Players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka were on the 2021 Ryder Cup team but are not on the Presidents Cup team because they went to LIV. The PGA Tour leads the Presidents Cup and any golfer signed to LIV is ineligible to participate in the event, just as they are ineligible to participate in the PGA Tour.

Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele are members of the much loved US Presidents Cup team. (TBEN Photo/Chris Carlson)

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is the favorite to be the Americans’ top scorer. He is at +500 to win, while Patrick Cantlay is at +550 and Xander Schauffele at +600 ahead of Justin Thomas at +700. Sungjae Im is the favorite to be the international team’s top scorer at +500, while Hideki Matsuyama is at +550 and both Corey Conners and Adam Scott at +650.

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It has some value if you think that a member of the International Team will be the top scorer overall. Scheffler is the favorite with +700 to score the most points with both teams, while I am at +1800. Ten of the 12 golfers on the US team are ahead of Im in the overall top scorer odds – only Billy Horschel (+2800) and Kevin Kisner (+6600) have a higher chance than Im.

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Collin Morikawa is at +250 to lead the six captain’s picks of the US team, while Si Woo Kim is at +300 to lead the six captain’s picks of the international team.

USA Top Scorer Chance

  • Scottie Scheffler (+500)

  • Patrick Cantlay (+550)

  • Xander Schauffele (+600)

  • Justin Thomas (+700)

  • Sam Brandt (+800)

  • Collin Morikawa (+900)

  • Tony Finau (+900)

  • Max Homa (+1000)

  • Jordan Spieth (+1200)

  • Cameron Young (+1400)

  • Billy Horschel (+2200)

  • Kevin Kisner (+4000)

Best international scorer odds

Overall top scorer

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