2019 Presidents Cup: Golf Betting Picks

It looked like we might get a win at the Hero World Challenge last week, but Gary Woodland couldn’t quite close the deal for us. We’ll try to get a few units back this week as Tiger Woods and Ernie Els take their teams to Australia for the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne. Team USA has won the last seven Presidents Cups and the Internationals haven’t won since 1998. Can they flip the script at Royal Melbourne this week?

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If you’re looking for general golf betting tips, please refer to our PGA golf betting guide.

2019 Presidents Cup Betting Odds

  • USA -240
  • Internationals +280
  • Tie +1400

Betting Notes: If you’re looking to back Team USA, you’ll want do so at FanDuel where you can bet on the Americans at just -240. Team USA is -275 at DraftKings and PointsBet as of Tuesday morning. You can find the best price for the Internationals (+280) at FanDuel as well, compared to just +250 at William Hill and DraftKings. If you’re going with the longshot tie, then DraftKings is your sportsbook, paying +1400 compared to +1200 at other online sports betting sites.

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2019 Presidents Cup Betting Course — Royal Melbourne

  • Par 71
  • 7032 Yards
  • Team Event: USA vs. Internationals
  • Starts Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET

2019 Presidents Cup Rosters

Team USA and Presidents Cup Records

Tiger Woods (Captain and player), 24-15-1
Dustin Johnson, 8-4-2
Justin Thomas, 3-1-1
Matt Kuchar, 6-8-2
Xander Schauffele, debut
Webb Simpson, 5-3-2
Patrick Cantlay, debut
Bryson DeChambeau, debut
Gary Woodland, debut
Tony Finau, debut
Patrick Reed, 4-3-2
Rickie Fowler, 4-3-1

International Team and Presidents Cup Records

Ernie Els (captain, non-player)
Hideki Matsuyama, 4-6-3
Adam Scott, 14-20-5
Louis Oosthuizen, 7-5-3
Marc Leishman, 3-7-3
Abraham Ancer, debut
Haotong Li, debut
C.T. Pan, debut
Cameron Smith, debut
Joaquin Niemann, debut
Adam Hadwin, 0-2-1
Sungjae Im, debut
Byeong Hun An, debut

2019 Presidents Cup Format

Day One – Fourball (5 Matches)
Day Two — Foursome (5 Matches)
Day Three- Fourball (4 Matches) & Foursome (4 Matches)
Day Four – Singles (12 Matches)

2019 Presidents Cup Betting Odds— Top Points Scorer

Golfer Odds Sportsbook
Justin Thomas +800 DK
Dustin Johnson +900 DK
Xander Schauffele +1200 DK
Patrick Cantlay +1400 FD
Adam Scott +1600 FD
Hideki Matsuyama +1400 PB
Rickie Fowler +1200 DK
Louis Oosthuizen +2000 PB
Patrick Reed +2000 PB
Bryson DeChambeau +2500 FD
Marc Leishman +2500 PB
Sungjae Im +2500 DK
Cameron Smith +2900 FD
Tony Finau +2800 FD
Webb Simpson +2800 PB
Tiger Woods +2800 PB
Gary Woodland +2800 PB
Haotong Li +5000 DK
Joaquin Niemann +4000 PB
Abraham Ancer +4000 PB
Byeong Hun An +4000 PB
Adam Hadwin +4000 PB
Matt Kuchar +4000 PB
C.T. Pan +10000 PB

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2019 Presidents Cup Betting Picks

Internationals +275

This may run against your brand of patriotism but it’s where the value is. Sure, the Internationals have only beaten Team USA once since the inception of the Presidents Cup, and if you look at the rosters, its obvious why the odds are stacked against the Internationals. Team USA is filled with major winners from top to bottom of the roster while the Internationals are bit more top heavy. What is less clear is how USA will perform as a team. They’ve had recent struggles at the Ryder Cup, and the lack of chemistry within the team could carry over to Royal Melbourne. The recent controversy with Patrick Reed won’t help matters. Reed was already an outcast and the team will bare the brunt of Reed’s poor reputation in front of the Aussie crowd. The International roster doesn’t have the pedigree of their opponents, but they are filled with young talent like Cam Smith, Abraham Ancer, Joaquin Niemann, Sungjae Im, and Byeong Hun An. The youth is accompanied by a healthy dose of veteran leadership from Marc Leishman, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, and Hideki Matsuyama.

Top Points Scorer – Cameron Smith +2900 (FD) & Sungjae Im +2500 (PB)

Speaking of young International talent, Smith and Im are two golfers I want to bet on for top points scorer (they’re also make for two interesting DFS plays). The inherent volatility of golf is one reason why I want to bet on the Internationals to win the 2019 Presidents Cup and it’s also why I want bet on these two longshots for top points scorer. Both golfers are capable of playing with the best of the Americans over the span of a few days. The main concern I have is whether either of these guys will play enough rounds to win. Sungjae Im is known as a grinder, playing a brutal schedule throughout the PGA Tour season. His peers are also very bullish when it comes to his potential. Smith will be comfortable playing in his home country and he enters his President Cup debut in decent form with at T13 at the Shriners and a T3 at The CJ Cup in October.

Update: Cam Smith isn’t playing on Day One

Top Points Scorer — Justin Thomas +800 (DK) and Webb Simpson +2800 (PB)

This is somewhat of a hedge if USA comes out on top, as oddsmakers expect. Considering Dustin Johnson is coming off an injury, Justin Thomas is likely to play as many rounds as anyone on Team USA. He’s the best golf in the field and could run the table. As for Webb Simpson, he could be a horse for this course. At just over 7,000 yards, it sets up well for Simpson who lacks the kind of power off the tee that some of his U.S. counterparts possess. He’s been great in team events before and a reinvigorated short game has led to T10, runner-up, and T7 finishes in his three most recent events.

2019 Presidents Cup Betting Card

  • Internationals +280 – 1 unit to win 2.8 units
  • Top Points Scorer Cam Smith +2900 – .5 unit to win 14.5 units Update: Cam Smith isn’t playing on Day One
  • Top Points Scorer Sunjae Im +2500 – .5 unit to win 12.5 units
  • Top Points Scorer Justin Thomas +800 – 1 unit to win 8 units
  • Top Points Scorer Webb Simpson +2800 – .5 unit to win 14 units

Image Credit: USA Today Sports Images

About the Author

  • Matt Schmitto (schmitto)

  • Matt Schmitto is the sports betting editor for RotoGrinders. He grew up in Texas, graduating from Texas Tech University. He has played high stakes DFS since 2013, and enjoys betting on golf, basketball, football and whatever else is put in front of him. Schmitto is an advocate of The Bettor’s Oath.

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