2022 Presidents Cup groups: Rating all 24 golfers taking part in at Quail Hole

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There is not any query that the groups on the 2022 Presidents Cup are lopsided. It is not essentially correct that the USA has the 12 greatest gamers and the worldwide staff has the 12 worst, however you can posit one thing near that and never be far off.

There’s additionally no query that this can be a drawback hampering curiosity on this yr’s occasion. Following an outrageously good 2019 Presidents Cup, it was not irrational to imagine that future Presidents Cups have been going to be loads nearer than these of the previous — and maybe even extra aggressive than Ryder Cups.

With the defections of worldwide gamers like Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen to LIV Golf, that narrative has modified fairly a bit. Nowhere is that extra clear than within the particular person participant rankings. If you happen to’re wanting on the rosters as a complete, you possibly can squint and presumably discuss your self right into a aggressive week. If you happen to have a look at the participant rankings primarily based on present type and previous efficiency at staff occasions, although, there’s completely no probability.

2022 Presidents Cup groups, ranked

1. Justin Thomas (U.S.): J.T. will get the slim nod over Scottie Scheffler due to his unbelievable play in staff occasions (he is 10-2-3 in non-singles play at Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups). He is aware of what’s anticipated of him, and in contrast to a number of proficient athletes, he undoubtedly desires the ball when the lights go on.

2. Scottie Scheffler (U.S.): The No. 1 participant on the planet deservingly acquired the PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months trophy two weeks in the past. Although he hasn’t received since the Masters, his ball-striking numbers have remained comparable, and his degree of play exterior of placing has hardly dropped off in any respect. He is in all probability able to shoulder an enormous load at U.S. staff occasions.

3. Xander Schauffele (U.S.): Irrespective of which means you slice it, Schauffele has been one of many high three gamers at this occasion during the last six months. He is a menace from tee to inexperienced, and he has a 6-3-0 profession document at U.S. staff occasions, together with a 4-0-0 mark in foursomes play alongside Patrick Cantlay (with whom he’ll be paired usually this week).

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4. Sungjae Im (worldwide): That is possibly a stretch for Im, however I am looking for some hope for Trevor Immelman’s facet, and Im has been taking part in implausible golf. He is second on this discipline in ball-striking over his final 20 rounds and almost received the Tour Championship over Scheffler and Rory McIlroy. No one on both staff scored greater than the three.5 factors he posted in 2019 at Royal Melbourne.

5. Tony Finau (U.S.): One of many breakout stars of final yr’s Ryder Cup has additionally been among the finest gamers on the planet during the last six months. Finau ranks behind solely Scheffler and Schauffele in ball-striking within the final six months.

6. Patrick Cantlay (U.S.): He is been good on this course, good in match play at staff occasions and terrific general within the final two months. There’s loads to love. Cantlay and Finau are the one gamers averaging not less than 0.3 strokes gained per spherical throughout all 4 classes (driving, method play, across the inexperienced and placing).

7. Max Homa (U.S.): He is rolling in off his fifth win final week in Napa, California, into his first-ever staff occasion the place he ought to thrive. It helps that he is received at Quail Hole earlier than and has been one of many high six gamers at this occasion over his final 20 rounds.

8. Cameron Younger (U.S.): He is been the longest participant of anybody on this occasion during the last 12 months, and solely Taylor Pendrith is shut. In accordance with Knowledge Golf, Younger will get the largest course match bump of any of the 24 golfers who will tee it up this week. If he is paired with Tony Finau, it is going to be an absolute bonanza off the tee.

9. Jordan Spieth (U.S.): He is been exhibiting actual glimpses of his previous iron-playing self, however the putter has not been magical of late (to say the least). I am assured he’ll play solidly, however I am not going to scream it from the rooftops like I’ve at previous staff occasions as a result of this final season was statistically the worst season of his PGA Tour profession.

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10. Sam Burns (U.S.): Burns cooled a bit on the finish of final season and has not been an excellent ball-striker over the previous few months. Nevertheless, he appears completely constructed for match play at Quail Hole (lengthy, nice iron participant who putts effectively) and may thrive in his pod alongside Scheffler, Billy Horschel and Kevin Kisner.

11. Hideki Matsuyama (worldwide): The 2021 Masters champion is taking part in his fifth Presidents Cup. He has the second-best strokes-gained quantity at Quail Hole of everybody at this occasion behind solely Thomas and simply forward of Spieth and Billy Horschel.

12. Adam Scott (worldwide): Closed out final season with two high fives in his final 4 begins. Nevertheless, his general match play document on the Presidents Cup is 16-22-6, which isn’t nice contemplating most of that got here in the midst of the prime of his profession. He additionally continues to insist on dressing most like a dad of anybody at this occasion.

13. Collin Morikawa (U.S.): How scary is it that the U.S. has a two-time main winner this low? The internationals haven’t got a single multiple-time main winner on their squad, and the U.S. can roll out any person who did that final yr as their Tenth-best participant.

14. Corey Conners (worldwide): How is that this Conners’ first Presidents Cup?! He is an immense ball-striker (fifth within the discipline in his final 20 rounds), however the quick sport may maintain him again from profitable many matches and will particularly be an issue in alternate shot.

15. Tom Kim (worldwide): Possibly the largest distinction between ground and ceiling of anyone within the discipline. Kim is an excellent iron participant (greatest within the discipline over his final 20 rounds), and I would not be stunned to see him win two or three matches towards towards gamers who outmatch him off the tee (which is most of them).

16. Billy Horschel (U.S.): An up and down yr for Horschel, who each received Memorial but additionally did not end within the high 20 on the PGA Tour after that by way of the Tour Championship. Quail Hole isn’t an excellent match for him statistically, however I additionally would not wish to face him in match play at any level.

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17. Cameron Davis (worldwide): Think about me intrigued right here. He is one of many 4 or 5 longest gamers within the discipline and one of many few worldwide gamers who has the firepower to maintain with many of the U.S. guys off the tee. He additionally ended this most up-to-date PGA Tour season with 5 high 20s in his final six begins. He’ll seemingly show to be a pleasant captain’s choose by Immelman.

18. Taylor Pendrith (worldwide): Together with Davis, he was clearly picked due to his size, however he is additionally been hitting his irons fairly effectively and had six high 15s in his final seven PGA Tour begins final season (T67 finally week’s Fortinet Championship).

19. Si Woo Kim (worldwide): His placing has been scary dangerous just lately, however you realize the expertise is in there to tackle anyone the U.S. can throw at him. All the time an unknown at occasions like this, however who might neglect him going full “shhhhh” on the 2017 Presidents Cup along with his staff down two touchdowns on Sunday. 

20. Mito Pereira (worldwide): The near-PGA Championship winner has had a powerful season, however he did not have a single high 40 over his final six occasions and does not convey a number of ball-striking momentum into Quail Hole.

21. Kevin Kisner (U.S.): He is been the worst ball-striker in the sector during the last 12 months, and a number of that’s because of the truth that he is the shortest participant off the tee by a reasonably wholesome margin (though Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Tom Kim are shut). Kisner may in reality clear up in match play like he does on the WGC occasion, however on paper, he is not an excellent match for this golf course.

22. Ok.H. Lee (worldwide): He posted one high 10 after his win on the AT&T Byron Nelson earlier this yr.

23. Sebastian Munoz (worldwide): He posted zero high 10s after his T3 on the AT&T Byron Nelson earlier this yr.

24. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (worldwide): He is one in all simply two golfers within the occasion that has a destructive strokes-gained ball-striking quantity over his final 20 rounds (Kisner is the opposite). That is not going to go effectively at Quail Hole.

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