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By Clark Burroughs

Editor’s Note: Clark Burroughs played on the PGA Tour from 1984-1995. Burroughs won the NCAA Men’s Individual Golf Championship for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1985. He contributes golf articles to numerous sports websites and hosts a weekly golf podcast.

Presidents Cup Matchups, Odds and Golf Props

The 12th edition of the Presidents Cup is this week in New Jersey where the loaded Team USA will take on Team International. Team USA has dominated the event in the past with a record of 9-1-1, and are heavy favorites (-325) to win again.

The 12 Americans are all ranked among the top 30 in the world, while the International team only has six of the world’s top 30. That is usually the difference - the depth of the USA team is too strong.

The points for the matches have been lowered from 34 to 30 in recent years, which was to try to even up the results. It did just that as the last tournament in 2015 were close with the Americans edging the Internationals by only one point, 15.5 to 14.5.

These matches will be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. The course was designed by Robert E. Cupp and Tom Kite, and cost more than $250 million to build, making it one of the most expensive designs in history. The layout measures 7,458 yards and plays to a par 71. It previously hosted The Barclays in 2009 and 2013.

TV Coverage: Thursday, 1 - 6:00 p.m., ET, NBC. Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., ET, Golf Channel. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., ET - NBC. Sunday, Noon - 6:00 p.m., ET, NBC.

Current Presidents Cup Odds - per

Team USA -325
Team International +275
Draw +1200

Prediction: Team USA, 16.5 - 13.5

Presidents Cup Golf Props:

Top USA Scorer:

Justin Thomas +600
Jordan Spieth +425

Both players will compete in all five matches. Thomas is the FedEx Cup Champion and Spieth was second. It wouldn’t surprise me to see both players go undefeated. Surprisingly, this is the debut for Thomas, but the way he’s playing and putting, he will be an anchor for Team USA. At +600 you're getting great value.

Top International Scorer:

Louis Oosthuizen +600

The South African has been the workhorse in the past two editions, playing a total of 10 matches with a record of 5-3-2. He and Branden Grace ripped through the competition in 2015. Most impressive was the fact that two of his points came against Captain America, Patrick Reed. Oosthuizen will have to play well in order for the Internationals to have a chance and I think he does and leads the team in points. At +600, he’s worth a play.

Top Overall Scorer:

Justin Thomas +1200
Jordan Spieth +800
Louis Oosthuizen +1200

Well, if you like them to lead their respective teams, then you have to like them to be the top overall scorers. Great prices on all three players. If they play all five matches, like I think they will, then get ready to cash your tickets at the pay window.

Presidents Cup Matchups Day 1 - Foursomes:

Hideki Matsuyama/Charl Schwartzel vs. Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas

Great matchup to start things off. The difference in this match will be putting and that edge clearly goes to Team USA. Matsuyama and Schwartzel are great ball-strikers, but they won’t be able to make enough putts to stay with Fowler and Thomas.

Adam Scott/Jhonattan Vegas vs. Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar

Johnson and Kuchar are heavy favorites in this one-sided match. This is a gift point for Team USA. Scott and Vegas don’t stand a chance.

Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace vs. Brooks Koepka/Daniel Berger

The South African duo are tough as nails and put away anyone and everyone they faced in 2015. They blend well together and put a point on the board for the Internationals in this match.

Si Woo Kim/Emiliano Grillo vs. Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed

Two rookies against Captain America and Jordan Spieth. Put another point on the board for Team USA. Reed and Spieth rarely lose and they won’t lose this one.

Jason Day/Marc Leishman vs. Phil Mickelson/Kevin Kisner

This is arguably the top team for the Internationals. You knew U.S. Captain Steve Stricker would send out the veteran Mickelson with a rookie. Both Day and Leishman are in better form and will earn a much needed point for Nick Price’s squad.

Day 1 is in the books with Team USA clinging to a 3-2 lead. Stay tuned, the matches will be close throughout the week and likely come down to a thrilling Sunday shootout. Get all the Presidents Cup golf odds and props at

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