PRESIDENTS CUP Formats, teams, schedule, TV and other things you should know

The 2019 Presidents Cup rolls into Australia this week. Here is a bunch of stuff you need to know.

The Presidents Cup arrives at Royal Melbourne this week which will see a team of the best golfers from the USA go up against the best golfers from an International team.

And if you’re asking questions such as, who is in the teams, when does it start, what formats are being played, and how can I watch it?

Well then, here is what you need to know.

LOCATION
The 2019 Presidents Cup is being played on the Composite Course at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Victoria, Australia.

TEAMS

A team of golfers from the US will go head-to-head with a team of International golfers in a series of paired, and single matches at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

The Internationals are made up of the best golfers from all across the world (except Europe and USA) and this year include players from Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China and Chile.


DAY 1 Presidents Cup – Thursday four-ball matches
Match 1: Marc Leishman, Joaquinn Niemann v Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods
Match 2: Adam Hadwin, Sungjae Im v Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay
Match 3: Adam Scott, Ben An v Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau
Match 4: Hideki Matsuyama, CT Pan v Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed
Match 5: Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen v Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland


International Team Captain: Ernie Els
Abraham Ancer (Mexico), Adam Hadwin (Canada), Byeong Hun An (Korea), Sungjae Im (South Korea), Marc Leishman (Australia), Haotong Li (China), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Joaquin Niemann (Chile), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), CT Pan (Chinese Taipei), Adam Scott (Australia), Cameron Smith (Australia)

U.S. Team Captain: Tiger Woods
Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Ricky Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland, Tiger Woods

FORMAT
The Presidents Cup competition consists of 30 matches (match play) each worth one point each:
• Thursday – 5 Four-Ball matches
• Friday – 5 Foursomes matches
• Saturday morning – 4 Four-Ball matches
• Saturday afternoon – 4 Foursomes matches
• Sunday – 12 Singles matches

Four-ball is also known as the best ball format. Each golfer plays their own ball and the best score from each team counts towards the team score.

Foursomes is also known as alternate shot where a team of two golfers alternatively play one golf ball to contribute to the team score.

In case of a tie: There are no playoffs for each match with each side receiving a half-point if a match is tied after 18 holes. If the match is deadlocked at the end of Singles play, the competition will be deemed a tie and the teams will share the Presidents Cup.

HOW TO WATCH
Channel Nine are broadcasting live into Australia while the Golf Channel/NBC are broadcasting the Presidents Cup internationally.

Nine Network (Local)
Thursday (12th) December: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. AEST – Day 1
Friday (13th) December: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. AEST – Day 2
Saturday (14th) December: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. AEST – Day 3
Sunday (15th) December: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. AEST – Day 4

Golf Channel/NBC (International)
Wednesday (11th) December: 5:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET – Day 1
Thursday (12th) December: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET – Day 2
Friday (13th) December: 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET – Day 3
Saturday (14th) December: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET – Day 4

TICKETS
Get all the info over at the official Presidents Cup tickets page

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