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Presidents Cup: Backing the Zurich Champs

by Brad Thomas
Updated On: September 21, 2022, 9:21 pm ET

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We are just a day away from the 14th instance of the Presidents Cup. The United States team is seeking their 11th win over the International team, and the books have them as an overwhelming -700 favorite. The strength of the United States team has been noted. They have an average world ranking of 11.8, and the International team's highest ranked golfer is 16. Since we are priced out of the outright market, I will be looking at the prop and positioning markets. You can find my prop bet article from earlier in the week here. I also see value in a round one matchup parlay.

Parlay: Sam Burns/Scottie Scheffler over Cam Davis/Si Woo Kim + Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele over Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Scott (+152)

The first leg of the parlay is the match I'm most excited to watch. Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns are making their first Presidents Cup appearances but should excel together in an alternate shot format. Scheffler went 2-0-1 in the 2021 Ryder Cup. Scheffler being undefeated in Ryder Cup play should give him confidence. Not that he needs the confidence, he has all the confidence in the world due to being an absolute stick.

Scheffler hits a ton of fairways, and when he misses, he narrowly misses the fairway. This sets up great for his playing partner Sam Burns. Burns is a great ball striker and a great putter. He and Scheffler have my vote of confidence over two volatile golfers in Cam Davis and Si Woo Kim.

I've been high on Davis all season but paired with Kim, who has been up and down all season, I'd gladly fade. This comes down to a battle of better golfers.

The second leg of the parlay is going back to ole reliable. Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele won the Zurich and might have one of the strongest friendships in the group. They both have 3-2-0 records at the Presidents Cup, and both are playing very good golf right now. Their opponents, Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott are Presidents Cup vets, but both have losing records.  

Cantlay and Schauffele are three and four in Strokes Gained: Total. Both hit the ball deep and are accurate off the tee. Both are great with their wedges and very solid putters. This should be a fun match regardless, but I'm backing the dynamic duo.

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Brad Thomas

Brad is a sports handicapper who is lucky enough to write about his true love; sports. "We may all root for different teams, but our objective remains the same… Beat the books! Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint." Follow Brad on Twitter @MrBradThomas.