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The President’s Cup – Your Betting Options

Are you getting excited for next week’s Presidents Cup showdown – and thanks to this informative golf betting breakdown on this bi-annual series, you’re going to be well-armed with useful information that will help you maximize all of your Presidents Cups wagers.

Wednesday marked the announcement of the 2013 Presidents Cup captain’s picks along with it came some surprising picks.

Fred Couples, the United States captain, picked Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth to join a team that includes Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson.

International captain Nick Price went with Marc Leishman of Australia and Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe to join his team of Adam Scott, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet, Richard Sterne and Angel Cabrera.

When: Thursday, Oct 03, 2013
Where: Muirfield Village Golf ClubDublin, Ohio, U.S.

Fred Couples U.S.
Nick Price International

Presidents Cup 2013
Top International Points Scorer

Adam Scott +400
Jason Day +500
Charl Schwartzel +650
Ernie Els +800
Louis Oosthuizen +900
Angel Cabrera +1200
Branden Grace +1200
Graham DeLaet +1200
Hideki Matsuyama +1200
Richard Sterne +1200
Brendon de Jonge +1500
Marc Leishman +2000

Analysis: While it’s quite possible that some other golfer in this grouping could beat out Australian Adam Scott, I wouldn’t bank on it. Scott has been rock-solid this season and won the 2013 Masters, giving him even more belief and confidence moving forward. If there’s one other golfer on this list that I like, it’s two-time major winner and former Masters champ, Angel Cabrera. I like Scott first, Cabrera and then either Jason Day or 21-year-old Hideki Matsuyama, a player that is a monster in the making.

Top USA Points Scorer

Tiger Woods +500
Phil Mickelson +650
Steve Stricker +650
Keegan Bradley +800
Matt Kuchar +800
Brandt Snedeker +900
Jason Dufner +900
Hunter Mahan +1000
Webb Simpson +1200
Zach Johnson +1200
Jordan Spieth +1200
Bill Haas +1600

Analysis: Tiger Woods has got to be the pick here, even though his lack of success in international play is a bit worrisome. Nevertheless, Woods has won The Memorial at Muirfield a whopping five times and could win this wager if he just plays his ‘normal’ game.

Behind Woods, I like Jordan Spieth 20-year old who shocked the world by finishing in the Top 10 on the PGA Tour Money List. The kid is talented and should get a huge boost in confidence hanging around guys like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

Last but not least, I’m going with good ‘ol Lefty as my third pick to become the leading U.S. point scorer. Two major titles this season tell me Mickelson could theoretically win each time he steps on a golf course.

To win the Presidents Cup 2013

USA -300
International +225
Tie +1200

Analysis: Since the Presidents Cup began back in 1994 as a way for non-European players to compete in a Ryder Cup style format, the International team has won just once and that was a whopping 15 years ago in Australia.

Having said that, I don’t think there’s much of a chance of the U.S. losing this year, particularly seeing as how Tiger Woods absolutely owns Muirfield. Expect the U.S. to win this one hands down with a bit of room to spare. The -300 price tag may seem steep, but this is as close to a lock as it gets golf bettors!

Just know that Tiger Woods has already gone on record to say that he’s going to do his best to keep the U.S. Presidents Cup win streak going.

"We like the way it’s gone," Woods said, "and we’d like to keep it going that way."

The Pick: U.S. with room to spare