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International underdogs up for Presidents Cup fight

Sep 21, 2022; Charlotte, NEW YORK, USA; The International Team poses for a team photo throughout a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept 21 (Reuters) – With the Presidents Cup set to tee off on Thursday, International captain Trevor Immelman has positioned his team because the biggest underdogs since David met Goliath because they face the might of america on the home turf.

Even the American players have expressed sympathy for the task facing Immelman who’ll send a out record eight debutants in to the Presidents Cup at the Quail Hollow Club.

“Yeah, there’s definitely some challenges there with guys leaving rather than being a portion of the team,” said U.S. world number 1 Scottie Scheffler. “I’m sure it has been a difficult job for him, but he’s definitely very excited that week is here now.”

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A long time before their numbers were decimated by an exodus of top players to the rebel Saudi-backed LIV Golf, the International team had assumed the underdog role having won only once in 13 previous Presidents Cups.

While both teams have already been influenced by players signing on with LIV Golf, leading to bans from the PGA Tour that made them unavailable for Presidents Cup selection, the Internationals were damaged more because they lack the deep talent pool of the U.S.

The increased loss of Australian Cameron Smith, the Open and Players Championship winner this season, South African major winner Louis Oosthuizen and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann will hurt the Internationals, who’ll be hoping that youthful enthusiasm could make up for too little experience.

The U.S. won’t have the services of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, all members of the American team that romped to a 19-9 victory over Europe finally year’s Ryder Cup, but will role out a lineup that still includes three players in the very best five of the planet rankings and five in the very best 10.

The final time the U.S. hosted the biennial event in 2017 at Liberty National they charged right into a 14-3 1/2 lead entering the Sunday singles and coasted to a 19-11 victory.

You can find fears the Internationals could face sustained humiliation at Quail Hollow this week with the U.S. clinching the Cup on Saturday, turning Sunday’s singles into bit more than an American victory lap.

“Anything’s a chance,” said Billy Horschel. “It’s never been done before, and I’m not just a stats guy, but I’ll say the percentage of it being done is quite low.

“We’ve still surely got to venture out there and compete, and there’s still an extremely good international team over there with plenty of becoming more popular players.

“So I’ll say the chance is quite slim.”

The issue facing U.S. captain Davis Love III is keeping his men from over-confidence.

Being installed because the favourite isn’t a fresh experience for the U.S. with regards to the Presidents Cup, but seldom have the predictions of a runaway rout been so sweeping.

“We’re used to being called the favourite,” said Love. “That’s in some recoverable format, and lots of great coaches will let you know the game’s not played in some recoverable format.

“They’re played on the market on the course.

“Statistically, yes, we’ve an increased ranked team, but I understand a lot of those young guys on the team, and they are going to can be found in with a chip on the shoulder and together.”

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Reporting by Steve Keating in Charlotte. Editing by Toby Davis

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