Presidents Cup 2009 – what you need to know

This week brings with it The Presidents Cup, the eighth time the team event has been held between the USA and the International team made up of the best professional golfers from everywhere except the US and Europe.

The 2009 teams are captained by Fred Couples and Greg Norman and with the sort of week Norman has already had, I can’t see him settling for anything like the sportsmanlike tie we frustratingly finished with in South Africa in 2003. Unfortunately, the tie is still in the rules.

I’m particularly keen to see how Ryo Ishikawa performs on his debut and how the controversial pick of Adam Scott plays out. Past International teams have always had a few players who are questionable under pressure. There are far fewer this year.

Here’s a few other things you need to know.

2009 Presidents Cup Location
Harding Park Golf Course, San Francisco

Past results
USA 5, Internationals 1 (1 tie in 2003).

Australian TV Times
Live on FoxSports
Friday 6:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday 5:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday 2:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday 3:00 am – 9:00 am

Format
The Presidents Cup consists of 34 matches:
11 Foursomes (alternate shot)
11 Four-ball (better ball)
12 Singles matches involving all players on the final Sunday.

The teams and Presidents Cup records (W-L-H):

USA International
Tiger Woods (13-11-1) Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) (2-3-0)
Phil Mickelson (11-13-9) Vijay Singh (FIJI) (14-15-6)
Steve Stricker (5-5-0) Camilo Villegas (COL) (debut)
Kenny Perry (7-6-0) Retief Goosen (SA) (11-7-2)
Zach Johnson (2-2-0) Ernie Els (SA) (13-10-2)
Stewart Cink (8-4-1) Angel Cabrera (ARG) (3-3-3)
Sean O’Hair (debut) Mike Weir (CAN) (11-7-1)
Jim Furyk (13-8-2) Robert Allenby (AUS) (6-11-2)
Anthony Kim (debut) Y.E. Yang (SK) (debut)
Justin Leonard (6-11-1) Tim Clark (SA) (4-5-1)
Lucas Glover (2-3-0) Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) (debut)
Hunter Mahan (2-3-0) Adam Scott (AUS) (7-6-2)

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