2022 Presidents Cup
Greater than 200,000 individuals are anticipated to attend this yr’s Presidents Cup at Quail Hole. This is our newest protection, evaluation and information from the event.
Greg Norman as soon as complained that after taking part in in two main cups and main the worldwide crew twice, he was summarily reduce quick. His revenge took 9 years, however he was duly served chilly.
Not solely has the worldwide crew gone, however the occasion itself has been weakened since Norman started paying his Saudi cash to cement his revenge in opposition to the PGA Tour. The largest American schisms within the LIV Tour backed by Norman had been both struggling or skipping their begin, however this summer season’s Civil Warfare value the crew as soon as captain Norman—and led to his solely win as a participant—among the greatest expertise within the hole Quail.
British Open champion Cameron Smith went. Chilean Joaquin Neiman and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, each of the highest 25 gamers, are absent. Veterans corresponding to Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, aren’t obtainable. The worldwide is lacking not solely Smith’s greatest participant but in addition 4 veteran gamers who nearly stunned at their Norman grounds in Melbourne in 2019.
In the meantime, there’s actually nobody that america is lacking. None of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka or Patrick Reed performed nicely. There may need been a historic argument for Johnson or Reed as a alternative chief underneath regular circumstances, however even that may have been an enormous stretch.
What stays – a virtually full-strength American crew in opposition to a cobbled, full-blown worldwide crew for the primary time – vaguely remembers the less-than-glorious days of the Ryder Cup, earlier than all of Europe was invited to the occasion, when the Individuals used to beat snot from the British and Irish frequently, shedding thrice in 50 years due to a expertise distinction that was practically unattainable to beat.
Clearly, issues have been totally different on the Ryder Cup since 1979, and it’s this newfound competitiveness that has remodeled it from a largely festive—albeit nonetheless usually thrilling—occasion to essentially the most outstanding occasion on the biennial golf calendar. This was additionally what was lacking within the Presidents Cup, the place the worldwide crew struggled to achieve the identical traction as their European counterparts.
The ultimate video games in Melbourne in 2019 had some actual horror, and the expansion of worldwide golf had an actual influence on Individuals in Charlotte, till Norman became a dyed-haired Bond villain. The timing is horrible.
No matter what the LIV break meant for golf normally, it hampered this explicit event. The state of golf in the remainder of the world is robust, however heavy. There’s neither depth of expertise nor expertise to simply substitute gamers like Smith, Neiman or Anser, three of the highest six worldwide gamers on this planet golf rankings.
And no veterans like Leishman or Anirban Lahiri, who choose a possible captain, simply sitting on the shelf, simply the fallacious Australian Cameron (Davis, not Smith).
In the meantime, the US by no means blinked, not when the LIV gamers left, and never when Will Xalatores was injured. Kevin Kesner, the final American on the boat, would be the sixth-ranked participant on the worldwide crew after LIV splits. 9 of the 12 American gamers are forward of Hideki Matsuyama, the chief amongst worldwide gamers.
Ultimately, none of that issues. The PGA Tour and LIV Tour will proceed to combat their proxy wars elsewhere. This event will likely be performed, as scheduled, and simply anticipating america to win simply doesn’t imply they’ll win, or in the event that they do, it will likely be straightforward.
The matching sport has its manner within the night. Norman is aware of that. Even in 1998, when his worldwide crew gained for the one time, he misplaced Sunday’s singles sport to Woods, in his personal yard.
What the 12-player worldwide roster for the Presidents Cup will appear like with the gamers who’ve left for the LIV Tour. Official world golf standings in parentheses; dissidents in daring italic. Kevin Kesner, the bottom ranked participant in america, is ranked 27.
Cameron Smith, Australia (3)
Hideki Matsuyama, Japan (16)
Sungjae Im, South Korea (18)
Joaquin Niemann, Chile (20)
Tom Kim, South Korea (21)
Abraham Anser, Mexico (24)
Corey Connors, Canada (25)
Adam Scott, Australia (30)
Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa (33)
KH Lee, South Korea (41)
Mito Pereira, Chile (49)
Cameron Davis, Australia (63)
Sebastian Munoz, Colombia (65)
Christian Bezuidenhout, South Africa (66)
Se Woo Kim, South Korea (74)
Taylor Pendrith, Canada (107)
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This story was initially printed September 19, 2022 5:49 am.