CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It all comes down to this.
The 2022 Presidents Cup got a lot more interesting after the International team took a big step forward on Saturday, but the Americans still hold an 11-7 lead in the biennial bout held this year at Quail Hollow Club. If the worldwide all-stars captained by Trevor Immelman are able to complete the upset – let’s call it a Quail Mary – it would be the biggest comeback in the event’s 28-year history. Not only that, the win would mark the first time the Internationals have ever won on U.S. soil.
All that said, Golfweek’s Adam Schupak and Adam Woodard don’t think International fans should get their hopes up. The two are on the scene this week at Quail Hollow and made their final picks for Sunday’s 12 singles matches. Spoiler alert: get ready for a lot of red on the scoreboard.
AS: JT by a touchdown.
AW: Surprisingly, Thomas is 0-2-0 in his Presidents Cup singles history. Expect the sometimes-fiery American to light the fuse early for the U.S.
AS: Here’s a fun fact — Spieth is also winless in singles in the Presidents Cup. And Ryder Cup. I’m not going to fight the numbers. Davis keeps Spieth winless.
AW: I won’t fight the numbers either: Spieth is playing out of his mind this week and has been the better of the two in his perfect 4-0-0 pairing with Thomas. Davis has been strong this week, so it’ll stay close, but gimme Spieth.
AS: I’ve been unimpressed with Matsuyama. Burns, baby, Burns.
AW: My colleague is putting it lightly: Matsuyama’s been bad (for the standards of a player of his caliber). That said, I think he’ll be energized by Saturday and he beats Burns in a shootout.
AS: Something tells me Cantlay’s dinner didn’t taste good after losing to Tom Kim. He’s going to be a man possessed tomorrow. Cantlay will lay down the hammer.
AW: Scott just cannot catch a break this week, this match included. He’ll keep it close early, but Cantlay will prove to be too much down the stretch.
AS: Scheffler has only a half point to his credit so far and was benched Saturday afternoon. I bet a late-night putting lesson from Steve Stricker will do the trick. Another point on the board for Team USA.
AW: If Scheffler isn’t able to get it together, Munoz is the kind of player who can take advantage and get hot with the best of ’em and rattle off a bunch of birdies. Going with a tie on this one.
AS: Two big boppers going head-to-head should be a fun one to watch. I’ll take Big Tone.
AW: Finau (with Max Homa) got the better of Pendrith (with Mito Pereira) on Thursday in foursomes, 1 up, and I think he’ll take care of business solo this time around.
AS: Im has been playing outstanding golf for the last month. Immelman should have put him out earlier, but he’ll get a win, nonetheless.
AW: This could be one of the best matches of the day, but if things play out the way I see it, the competition will already have been won. The Young rookie will take his foot off the gas and Im comes back to win.
AS: Billy Ho is a match-play maven. He’ll take down the “sexiest golfer in the world.”
AW: Horschel has been waiting for this opportunity for years. Do you really think he’s going to waste it?
AS: Very questionable move by Immelman placing Tom in the 10th hole. Kim’s magical week ends on a high note.
AW: It’s a shame this match isn’t higher up in the schedule and probably won’t have a huge impact in deciding the team champion, but man this match is going to be fun. Fan-favorite Homa, who has been clutch all week, outduels the rising star of the week Kim.
AS: Morikawa’s iron play is just too good.
AW: Pereira rode the pine pony all day on Saturday and showing up cold against Morikawa is the recipe for a beatdown. I’ll take the American.
AS: Expect the Presidents Cup to be secured long before this match hits the back nine but if somehow it matters, Kisner will take care of business.
AW: Kisner hasn’t had his best stuff this week but he’s too much of a showman to go out on a low note.
Schupak: The United States win, 9-3
Woodard: The United States win, 9-2-1