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2022 Presidents Cup Odds, Picks & Best Bets To Back

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com

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For an organization that claims to be all about growing the game at an international level, LIV Golf’s ability to poach players with blank checks has crippled the International Team roster ahead of the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow. 

A once-proud squad that took Tiger Woods’ US Team to the brink in Australia is now without Cameron Smith, Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann. There’s still some talent left with the likes of Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im and Corey Conners leading the way, but the new-look International team is even more outmatched as they head to Charlotte looking to snap a streak of eight consecutive losses. 

Team USA saw a few regulars head to LIV as well and will be without former mainstays like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed. But the depth advantage and overall talent discrepancy is larger than it’s ever been for a Presidents Cup team that scored a 19-11 blowout win the last time it was played on US soil. 

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The US Team is a whopping -700 golf betting favorite to win the event and -1200 to lift the trophy – the Americans would still retain the Cup in the event of a draw as they are the defending champs. The Internationals are +700 underdogs to win outright on betting apps and facing one of the biggest mismatches in the event’s history on paper. 

Those are unusually short golf odds for a favorite in a Cup and laying the big number on Team US is tough. But this is a four-day event with tons of wagering opportunity. Individual matchup odds will be available on all five sessions, and we’ve got our eyes on several prop wagers on betting sites ahead of the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hallow. 

2022 Presidents Cup Best Bets

Best BetOdds
Top USA Rookie Point Scorer – Scottie Scheffler +250
Top International Rookie Point Scorer – Taylor Pendrith +650
Team Leading After Day 1 - USA -250
Singles Day 4 Winner - Internationals +275
Top Captain's Pick Point Scorer – Jordan Spieth +330

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2022 Presidents Cup Picks

Top USA Rookie Point Scorer – Scottie Scheffler

Odds: +250

Scheffler is the favorite in this department for a reason, listed ahead of talented debutants like Sam Burns (+350), Collin Morikawa (+650) and Max Homa (+400). The PGA Tour Player of the Year has dominated match play at an even higher clip than his weekly tournament performance, racking up an 11-2-2 record in singles between the Ryder Cup and WGC Match Play. 

He beat Jon Rahm 4 & 3 in Sunday singles at the 2021 Ryder Cup and went 1-0-1 in fourball. That experience at Whistling Straits was huge and Quail Hallow looks like an excellent course fit for Scheffler – most are when you bomb it off the tee and rank top five in Strokes Gained Approach. We like the odds on Scheffler to finish as the top US Presidents Cup rookie scorer at +250.

Top International Rookie Point Scorer – Taylor Pendrith

Odds: +650

We’ll go further down the board for our top International newcomer. Tom Kim is the favorite at +300 - the 20-year-old Korean has already risen to No. 22 in the world and picked up his first Tour win at last month’s Wyndham Championship. We think Taylor Pendrith is the more prudent play for our golf picks, listed fourth on the board at +650 behind Kim, Corey Conners (+330) and Cam Davis (+600). 

Pendrith will likely be paired with his fellow Canadian, Conners, for most if not all of his matches. They were college teammates at Kent State and remain very close friends, and we think they could put a point or two on the board. Pendrith would presumably have the easier singles matchup, so we’re going with Pendrith for top International rookie at +650 odds.

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Team Leading After Day 1 – USA

Odds: -250

While we don’t want to lay -700 on the Americans to win the whole thing, we’ll take a smaller number and go with USA Day 1 leader. The US Team has led in nine of 13 matches after the opening session, and the Internationals have only taken the Day 1 lead one time at a Cup played in the US. 

This is one of the weakest International rosters on paper, one with a lot of guys who’ve never played in this type of arena. The jitters will be there regardless of expectations, and we’re confident the Americans will handle business and jump out to an early lead on Thursday.

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Singles Day 4 Winner – Internationals

Odds: +275

Things got ugly the last time the Presidents Cup was played in the US. The Americans led 11.5 to 2.5 after Saturday morning foursomes and had a chance to accomplish the unthinkable, guaranteeing victory before Sunday singles with a clean sweep in Saturday afternoon fourball. The International team gutted out one point to make it 14.5 to 3.5 entering Sunday singles, meaning they needed to win all 12 matches to secure the Cup. 

With the festivities all but over, the US Team went through the motions as the International team won the session, 7.5 to 4.5, in what became a 19 to 11 overall win for the Americans. We wouldn’t be surprised if the score is similarly ugly going into Sunday singles, at which point the Americans could definitely let their guard down like they did in 2017.  

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Top Captain's Pick Point Scorer - Jordan Spieth

Odds: +330

Homa and Morikawa are the co-favorites here at +250, but we’re going with a more experienced player in Jordan Spieth at +330. The pairings are obviously huge for these types of wagers and Spieth should have a great one. He and Justin Thomas have become a Ryder Cup staple in the post-Spieth/Reed era, going 4-2 together overall.

But captain Zach Johnson could also go with a Texas lineup of Spieth and Scheffler, which would definitely bode well for Spieth’s chances compared to other captain’s picks. Experience aside, we expect Spieth’s pairing to be among the strongest in the team sessions. 

About the Author

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.