Presidents Cup 2019: TV Schedule, Best Odds and Picks for U.S.A. vs. International Team

The U.S. Team arrives into the Presidents Cup as the overwhelming favorite to retain the trophy for the eighth consecutive time.

The Americans defeated the International Team 19-11 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and have the bookmakers' backing to do so again in Melbourne, Australia, this week.

According to BetOnline, the U.S. team is a 3/10 favorite to retain the title, while the International team is a 13/5 outsider and the draw is at 12/1.

For the first time in Presidents Cup history, from this year the trophy will be shared if the scores are tied at the end of the four days of play.

Justin Thomas is a 9/2 favorite to be the top-scoring American, followed by Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele all at 7/1.

The current world No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Thomas has finished in the top five in three of the last four events he has played, winning the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in October.

The 26-year-old is the highest-ranked player across both teams after World No. 1 Brooks Koepka withdrew from the tournament because of a knee injury.

Thomas won three, lost one and tied one of his five matches in his first Presidents Cup appearance two years ago, while Johnson begins his fourth appearance in the tournament with a 8-4-2 overall record.

Tiger Woods, the U.S. playing captain, is 24-15-1 in eight previous appearances, while at 6-8-2 Matt Kuchar is the only member of the U.S. Team with a losing record in the Presidents Cup.

"I already know he [Woods] is going to be a great captain just by how seriously he's taken it so far and how much he wants this for us," Thomas was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

"The conversations and the communication started a while ago in terms of what we're going to do, things that I can do to help, things that he feels he can do. It's going to be great."

Schauffele and Cantlay, meanwhile, are two of the U.S. five Presidents Cup debutants along with Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau and Gary Woodland.

Schauffele, the World No. 9, is a 15/4 favorite to be top-scoring debutant, while Cantlay, who is ranked two spots higher the world rankings, is a 17/4 shot.

Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Presidents Cup
Captain of the US team Tiger Woods (L) watches teammate Justin Thomas (R) during a practice round ahead of the Presidents Cup golf tournament starting on December 12, in Melbourne on December 10. William West/AFP/Getty

On the other side of the divide, Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama are joint-favorites to be the top-scorers for the International Team at 9/2, followed by Louis Oosthuizen at 11/2.

Ernie Els, the International Team non-playing captain, has a host of rookies to choose from himself, with seven debutants in the team.

Australia's Cameron Smith, Chile's Joaquin Niemann, Mexico's Abraham Ancer, China's Li Haotong and Pan Cheng-tsung from Chinese Taipei all make their first Presidents Cup appearance as does the South Korean duo of Im Sung-jae and An Byeong-hun.

At 8/1, the former of the two Koreans is Team International's favorite to be the top-scoring debutant this year.

"I've got a great young team," the South African was quoted as saying by AFP.

"I've got some experienced players. You know, guys are naturally just standing up; guys who are quite comfortable to speak and I like that. I like the spirit we have this week."

TV schedule (All times ET)

Wednesday, December 11

  • First round, four-ball: 5:30 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel

Thursday, December 12

  • Second round, foursomes: 7 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel

Friday, December 13

  • Third round, four-ball and fourth round, foursomes: 3 p.m. Friday—2 a.m. Saturday, Golf Channel

Saturday, December 14

  • Third and fourth round replay: 2:30 p.m.—6 p.m., NBC
  • Final round, single matches: 6 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel

Sunday, December 15

  • Final round replay: 1 p.m.—6 p.m., NBC
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