Presidents Cup 2019 Live : U.S. looks to defend the Presidents Cup. The Americans arrive into the 13th edition of the biennial tournament on a winning streak that stretches back all the way to 2003, when the contest ended in a tie.
Presidents Cup 2019 Live
It has now been over two decades since the International Team, which as usual this year doesn’t include any European players, won the Presidents Cup for the first and only time.
The omens, however, are good for the team captained by South Africa’s Ernie Els as that solitary success came at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, the same venue that will stage the tournament this year.
Els has seven young rookies in his team, but can count on three Australians—Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith—who know the course very well. “I’ve got a great young team,” the South African was quoted as saying by AFP.
“I’ve got some experienced players. You know, guys are naturally just standing up; guys who are quite comfortable to speak and I like that. I like the spirit we have this week.”
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, will captain the U.S., two years on since serving as an assistant captain to Steve Ticker in the 2017 Presidents Cup.
While Els will be in Melbourne as a non-playing captain, Woods will be one of the 12 U.S. players—only the second playing captain in the tournament’s history.
“I’m the second playing captain in the history of the Presidents Cup, so it’s a pretty neat responsibility,” he told ESPN.
“And the role’s not easy. There’s lots of moving parts, whether it’s talking to the guys, talking to my vice captains, organizing what we need to have done, not only to be ready but also I need to keep sharp. I need to keep practicing, I need to keep working on my game, make sure my game is sharp and ready to go.”
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the tournament.
When is the Presidents Cup?
The 13th edition of the Presidents Cup runs from Thursday, December 12 (Wednesday, December 11 in the U.S.) to Sunday, December 15 (Saturday, December 14 in the U.S.).
Where is the Presidents Cup?
The 2019 instalment of the tournament takes place at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.
The 72-par course is the only international venue to have held the event more than once, having hosted it in 1998—when the International Team secured its only victory—and 2011.
The Presidents Cup will be broadcast by Golf Channel, with replays on NBC on Friday and Saturday.
All four days of the tournament can be watched on Golf Channel’s digital platforms and via fuboTV.
TV schedule (All times ET)
Wednesday, December 11
- First round, four-ball: 5:30 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel
Thursday, December 12
- Second round, foursomes: 7 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel
Friday, December 13
- Third round, four-ball and fourth round, foursomes: 3 p.m. Friday—2 a.m. Saturday, Golf Channel
Saturday, December 14
- Third and fourth round replay: 2:30 p.m.—6 p.m., NBC
- Final round, single matches: 6 p.m.—12 p.m., Golf Channel
Sunday, December 15
- Final round replay: 1 p.m.—6 p.m., NBC
Presidents Cup odds
According to BetOnline, the U.S. team is a 3/10 favorite to retain the title, while the International team is a 13/5 outsider and the draw is at 12/1.
Justin Thomas is a 9/2 favorite to be the top-scoring American, followed by Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele all at 7/1.