CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The last time the Presidents Cup was on American soil, Team USA led 8-2 heading into the weekend and went on to defeat the Internationals, 19-11.
This week the Red, White and Blue are cruising around Quail Hollow Club, once again by a score of 8-2 after a 4-1 win in Friday’s four-ball session. With eight points up for grabs on Saturday in morning foursomes and afternoon four-ball, the U.S. could end the 2022 Presidents Cup before Sunday singles. But will they?
Golfweek’s Adam Schupak and Adam Woodard are on the scene this week and made picks for Saturday morning’s matches (after calling it pretty close on both Thursday and Friday). Spoiler alert: We’re playing on Sunday.
7:12 a.m. ET: Sungjae Im-Corey Conners (Intl.) vs. Jordan Spieth-Justin Thomas (U.S.)
AS: I learned my lesson picking against JT and Jordan and I won’t make that mistake again. These two just figure a way to win and will do so again.
AW: What he said. You’ve got to pick these guys until they prove otherwise. Spieth is a perfect 6-0-0 in foursomes in the event and I see him earning win No. 7 on Saturday.
7:24 a.m. ET: Adam Scott-Hideki Matsuyama (Intl.) vs. Cameron Young-Collin Morikawa (U.S.)
AS: Scott and Matsuyama have struggled mightily. These guys have too much pride to lay another egg. But I also like the Morikawa-Young pairing so I’m going to call this one a tie.
AW: Distance off the tee and precise ball-striking make the Young-Morikawa pairing absolutely perfect for Quail Hollow (and every course, let’s be real). Scott and Matsuyama are just too good to come away empty handed this week, but they won’t get getting a point here.
7:36 a.m. ET: K.H. Lee-Tom Kim (Intl.) vs. Scottie Scheffler-Sam Burns (U.S.)
AS: Scheffler-Burns have been the lone disappointment for Team USA (0-1-1) but third time will be the charm.
AW: Really don’t know what the American captains are seeing from this Scheffler-Burns pairing, but here we go again. In case you haven’t heard, Kim ripped his pants, and has been an International highlight all week long. He and Lee lost to Young and Morikawa on Thursday, 2 and 1, but showed some real grit. Gimme the Internationals.
7:48 a.m. ET: Si Woo Kim-Cam Davis (Intl.) vs. Tony Finau-Max Homa (U.S.)
AS: Homa and Finau reunite against the lone winning team so far for the International side, Davis and Kim. Can they do it again? I think they are a sneaky-good pairing so I’m going to say yes.
AW: Homa is straight up playing out of his mind right now and the vibes are high. If he’s putting, it’s going in. Americans roll.
Schupak: USA wins, 2-1-1 | Woodard: USA wins, 3-1