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Sports Predictions, projected pairings, bold calls for the 2019 Presidents Cup

15:16  11 december  2019
15:16  11 december  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Reed: Smith's cheating comments make Presidents Cup 'personal'

  Reed: Smith's cheating comments make Presidents Cup 'personal' Patrick Reed didn't care for Cameron Smith's comments about the former's two-stroke penalty for improving his line of play in the Bahamas last week. "I don't have any sympathy for anyone that cheats," Smith said. Reed said that's lit a fire under him as the two prepare to compete against each other at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne. "It's not the right word to use. At the end of the day, if you do something unintentionally that breaks the rules, it's not considered cheating and at the end of the day, that's what it is," Reed said, according to Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard.

Everything you need to know ahead of the final golf event of the year at Royal Melbourne.

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With the 2019 Presidents Cup beginning later this week, it's time to project how the contest in Australia might unfold.

The Americans winning in a landslide, continuing their run of Presidents Cup dominance in the process, appears to be the consensus around the golf world. While that may happen, we're also wondering which players will shine, which ones will bust, and who will provide the week's extracurricular drama at Royal Melbourne.

Here are predictions for both teams, a pick to win the event, and bold calls that could come to fruition at the 2019 Presidents Cup.

American team predictions

Top performer - Justin Thomas

Internationals lead Presidents Cup for 1st time since 2005 after Day 1

  Internationals lead Presidents Cup for 1st time since 2005 after Day 1 The Internationals lead the Americans 4-1 after Day 1 of the Presidents Cup to hold their first advantage after a session in the team competition since 2005. The best players for Ernie Els' side showed up Thursday. With the help from their rookie partners, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, and Adam Scott all earned a full point for the Internationals. Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer stunned Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland with a 4-and-3 victory. Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas were the only winning pairing for the United States. Captain Woods played the best of all the Americans, making six birdies in 15 holes to secure his team a point.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be held on December 9-15, 2019 , when it returns to the prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The return to the State of Victoria The Presidents Cup is 100 percent incremental benefit to the region and will be attended by top business leaders affiliated with the TOUR

Junior Presidents Cup Standings. The U.S. Team will be made up of the leading 12 qualified players based on the Rolex AJGA Rankings as of Sept. 5, 2019 . In the event of a tie for 12th place, the selection will be decided by the individual ranked highest on the World Amateur Golf Ranking™

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Justin Thomas is the favorite to lead the United States in points - for good reason. He's the highest-ranked player on the squad and carried elite form throughout the fall season. He's also been a force in team competitions, collecting 7.5 of a possible nine points between the 2017 Presidents Cup and the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Thomas will likely be paired with Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler for the team formats and he's a lock to play in all five sessions. When his game is on, there's nobody on the International team who can take Thomas down in an 18-hole match.

Dark horse - Webb Simpson

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To call any member of the American team a dark horse would be a stretch given that they're all ranked among the top 25 players in the world. Still, Webb Simpson could easily surprise by carrying his squad with a 5-0 week.

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The 2019 Presidents Cup will be the 13th edition of the Presidents Cup golf competition, held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, from 12 to 15 December 2019 .

Presidents cup 2017: scores and standings predictions for saturday's pairings Sam GreenwoodGetty ImagesThe United States extended their lead at the 2017

The 34-year-old Simpson was one of the United States' few bright spots during last year's Ryder Cup effort, which he highlighted by knocking off Justin Rose in singles. He also played at Royal Melbourne in 2011, picking up three points, and he's returning with his game in fantastic form. Simpson's an incredible putter and should be a force regardless of his partner.

Biggest disappointment - Dustin Johnson

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A rusty Dustin Johnson will make his first competitive start since the Tour Championship 16 weeks ago, and he's spent the majority of his time off rehabbing from knee surgery. Expectations for the No. 5 player in the world are always high, but he's more likely to disappoint than impress in Australia.

Royal Melbourne requires precision and creativity rather than raw power. There's also little chance that Johnson's game will be as sharp as it needs to be, especially given how poorly he played during the second half of last season. Based on the depth of the U.S. side, it wouldn't be surprising if Johnson only plays the minimum requirement of two sessions.

Tiger to sit out Session 3, Thomas paired with Fowler

  Tiger to sit out Session 3, Thomas paired with Fowler Tiger Woods is splitting up his own dynamic pairing. After winning two matches alongside Justin Thomas on the first two days, U.S. team captain Woods announced that he'll sit out Session 3 of the Presidents Cup in Friday's pairings announcement. Day 3 will feature two sessions of four matches each, meaning four Americans and four Internationals will sit out each round. Rickie Fowler will slide in beside Thomas in Woods' absence. They will be outAfter winning two matches alongside Justin Thomas on the first two days, U.S. team captain Woods announced that he'll sit out Session 3 of the Presidents Cup in Friday's pairings announcement.

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Projected pairings

These projections are based on the Hero World Challenge Round 1 tee times, Day 1 and Day 2 practice rounds at Royal Melbourne, past team competitions, and how many sessions golfers are expected to play.

International team predictions

Top performer - Louis Oosthuizen

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Louis Oosthuizen will need to be the best player in this tournament for the Internationals to have any chance of upsetting the Americans. The South African won't have compatriot Branden Grace by his side this time after that duo swept the team sessions in 2015, but he's likely to team up with Adam Scott instead.

Oosthuizen owns a career 7-5-3 Presidents Cup record despite being a member of three losing teams. He's also in peak form after finishing runner-up at the Australian Open last week in addition to recording two other top-10s in the fall.

Dark horse - Sungjae Im

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Sungjae Im remains a relatively unknown player despite being named the PGA Tour's 2018-19 Rookie of the Year. By making his Presidents Cup debut at the age of 21, the South Korean will get his chance to shine on the world stage.

Ancer to face Woods in Presidents Cup singles

  Ancer to face Woods in Presidents Cup singles Mexico's Abraham Ancer was handed the task of facing Tiger Woods in the singles at the Presidents Cup on Sunday with the match play showdown poised for a tense finish. Woods said it has always been his plan to only play two matches before the singles. "We've had different scenarios, different pairings and different things happen. That's just part of playing team matches," he said. "We've had I think a good formula for this event, and unfortunately we're down 8-10, but we're excited about tomorrow and getting after it.

The Presidents Cup is committed to being a fan-friendly event for all fans wanting to experience the competition and The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The host of the 2019 Presidents Cup will welcome the event, for the third time, to one of Australia's most famous golf meccas, known as the Sandbelt.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be the 13th time the Presidents Cup is played. It pits teams of professional male golfers representing the United States against an International side. See our Presidents Cup captains page for the list of all previous captains in this competition.

Im led the Tour in events played last season, so you know he'll be in action for all five sessions. He possesses the ability to compete with any of the U.S. stars, and he can potentially steal a few extra points for the underdog Internationals.

Biggest disappointment

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If Jason Day hadn't withdrawn, he would have been a lock for this prediction. However, Cam Smith takes the honor after throwing fuel on the fire with his Patrick Reed cheating comments.

Smith isn't usually known for making controversial remarks, but he'll face additional noise in Australia as he makes his Presidents Cup debut on home soil. Initially, he could have flown under the radar and faced some of America's weaker players. Now, you know Reed is campaigning to go head to head against the guy who called him a cheater. That doesn't bode well for Smith.

Projected pairings

These projections are based on Day 1 and Day 2 practice groups at Royal Melbourne, past team competitions, and how many sessions players are expected to play.

Pick to win

USA 16 - International 14

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Despite the 26-hour plane ride, the jet lag, and Royal Melbourne not favoring their style of play, the Americans are simply too talented to lose.

Presidents Cup 2019: Friday the 13th lucky enough for the USA as class shows

  Presidents Cup 2019: Friday the 13th lucky enough for the USA as class shows The United States eventually showed their class to win the Presidents Cup, which looked unlikely on Friday.Trailing the Internationals 4-1 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club following the opening day's four-ball contests, the USA found themselves behind in every foursomes matchup on Friday.

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Predictions . Look for Molinari to hold it together in the final round because he has been so steady. Tiger will have his moments and the crowd will Koepka lives for the big moments, and he will press Molinari and Woods, but he won't quite get there. Finau is tough, prepared and skilled, but he will fall a

With that said, it's going to be much closer than many people anticipate. The event will come down to the United States having a deeper roster that can receive contributions from everyone. On the other side, the Internationals will need their best players to perform well in all five sessions, which is way too much to ask from them.

Bold Calls

Reed snaps

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Reed is going to hear it from fans in Australia as they look to get under the American team's skin. Although he said Aussie fans are respectful and that he doesn't expect them to cross the line, an irritated Reed will surely lash out in one form or another.

Perhaps it'll be something like this:

Royal Melbourne beats up Bryson

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Bryson DeChambeau will be in for a rude awakening when he takes on Royal Melbourne. DeChambeau - who's extremely calculated and now nearly 30 pounds heavier as he looks to overpower golf courses - is going to hate the Presidents Cup venue.

Expect the 26-year-old to have some choice words for one of the best courses in the world. He referred to Shinnecock Hills at the 2018 U.S. Open as "clown golf" - a phrase that's likely to re-emerge when he sees his ball rolling back to his feet for the third straight time. It'll be a spectacle when the "Mad Scientist" implodes at the hands of Royal Melbourne.

Els: Presidents Cup needs 'to be away from the PGA Tour' to improve

  Els: Presidents Cup needs 'to be away from the PGA Tour' to improve Before the book closed on a remarkable 2019 Presidents Cup, International captain Ernie Els let off some steam about the PGA Tour-run event, saying the group that organizes it is also the one holding it back. "I know (the Presidents Cup is) a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, OK, but to really be able to do what you need to do, you need to be almost a separate - you need to be away from the PGA Tour," Els said when asked if he'd make any other"I know (the Presidents Cup is) a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, OK, but to really be able to do what you need to do, you need to be almost a separate - you need to be away from the PGA Tour," Els said when asked if he'd make any other adjustments should he return as captain in 2021.

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Oosthuizen goes undefeated

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With early inklings that Oosthuizen will be partnered with Scott for the first three days, captain Ernie Els will make sure he puts his power tandem in the best possible spots to earn four points. Oosthuizen can then draw on his impressive singles-match history - where he holds a 23-14-2 career record - to collect a key fifth point.

It'll be on the rest of his team to earn the other 11.5.

Simpson leads USA to victory

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While Thomas is the safe pick, Simpson is the bold call to lead the Americans in points given that he's 12-1 in the betting market. What works in his favor is that he can partner with every single player on the U.S. side. Simpson's game suits Royal Melbourne perfectly and, as the best putter on either team, he owns an edge in match-play formats.

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Couples: Physical concerns forced Tiger to sit Saturday at Presidents Cup .
After playing brilliantly in the opening two rounds at the Presidents Cup, Tiger Woods sat out all of Saturday with his team trailing. The move shocked fans, as well as Woods' vice captains. They knew he would not play the morning session but were stunned to learn he was taking the entire day off because of physical concerns. "At about 10 o'clock, Tiger said, 'Guys, my body's not going to let me go. I'm not going to play this afternoon,'" FredThe move shocked fans, as well as Woods' vice captains. They knew he would not play the morning session but were stunned to learn he was taking the entire day off because of physical concerns.

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