In years past, it's been easy to pick the United States to win the Presidents Cup. The squad from the states is usually loaded with talent, and despite having to alternate venues, the lack of a home crowd has never been an issue. But this year could be different. Despite having the talent, many feel the International squad has as good a shot as ever to take the trophy back.
While there are plenty of reasons why each team could win this week, here are three reasons we feel each team could walk away victorious on Sunday afternoon.
Why the United States could win ...
1. Loaded team: The International squad has the home-course advantage, but that hasn't made much of a difference over the years. The U.S., once again, brings a talent-laden squad to Australia. Unlike the Ryder Cup, it's impossible to hide your weaker players with six additional matches. With such a deep team, the U.S. won't have to worry about running low on talent during the critical Sunday singles matches.
2. Look at the scoreboard: In the eight previous matches between the two sides, only twice has the United States not won the Presidents Cup. People will say you have to throw out previous matches when these teams tee it up, but it's hard not to think the psychological advantage could help the United States.
3. Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker pairing: Sure, neither guy is playing anywhere close to his 2009 Presidents Cup level, but it's impossible to overlook the fact that these two were perfect in the team portion the last time these two squads met. Getting off to a hot start will be critical for the winning team. Stricker and Woods are one of the best pairings in the event; you have to like their chances of picking up some key points in what should be a tightly contested battle.
Why the International's could win ...
1. Royal Melbourne: The International squad has had success in the past at Royal Melbourne, winning the 1998 Presidents Cup at the track by a whopping nine points (the second-largest margin of victory in the tournament's history). While only Ernie Els remains from the '98 squad, you have to like the International's chances at RM -- especially with a bunch of Aussies on the team. Local course knowledge could be a huge advantage.
2. Backs against the wall: Like the Solheim Cup, there have been rumblings that the Presidents Cup could go away if the event doesn't become competitive in the future. While that's highly doubtful at this point -- the event has venues through 2015 -- it's clear that the Internationals desperately need a win in an event that's turned into a lopsided affair. There's a good chance the added pressure could be a huge motivator.
3. Jason Day and Adam Scott: To win the Presidents Cup, you need a couple of players to come up big during the week and anchor the squad. If the Internationals want any chance of winning this week, they'll need Jason Day and Adam Scott to come up big. It's a good thing both have been on their game this season. The Aussie duo has enough talent to beat any player on the U.S. squad.
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