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The Presidents Cup begins Thursday in Ohio
By: Steve Bennett - StatFox
Published: 10/3/2013  at  12:02:00 AM
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The Presidents Cup

Tees Off: Thursday, October 3
Muirfield Village Golf Club – Dublin, Ohio

Line: U.S. team: -100; International team: +250

The best in the U.S. take on the best from around the world when the 10th edition of the Presidents Cup tees off in Ohio on Thursday.

The U.S. team enters the week as a heavy favorite. Along with home-field advantage, as well as a 7-1-1 record in Presidents Cup history, the U.S. has eight of the world’s top-15 players. The obvious headliner is Tiger Woods (9/2 to be the U.S. team’s top player), who is a five-time winner at Muirfield Village. Matt Kuchar (8/1) won this year’s edition of The Memorial, his fifth straight top-5 finish at Muirfield Village. And they may have the two hottest players in the world right now, as Zach Johnson (12/1) went top-10 in seven of his past eight starts, and Jordan Spieth (12/1) went top-5 in three of his final five starts. Phil Mickelson (13/2) is 9-2-3 over the past three Presidents Cups.

The international team hopes that history can repeat itself: Europe’s first Ryder Cup victory was an upset at Muirfield Village in 1987. They’ll be led by a couple of Australians, Adam Scott (13/4 to be the top international player) and Jason Day (5/1). Scott led all international players in Presidents Cup qualifying, and continues to play huge on the biggest stages (top-5's in four of his last six majors, including his Masters victory in April). Day has never had much success at Muirfield Village, but he is local now, taking up residence in Columbus. They have a weapon in Canadian Graham DeLaet (12/1), who led the Tour in total driving and finished third in greens in regulation. The X-factor could be Hideki Matsuyama (10/1), a 21-year-old from Japan who posted top-10's at the U.S. Open and British Open this year.

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