It is immediately dominated by the US in the 14th edition of the Presidents Cup. In Charlotte, the United States of Davis Love III, closed the first day of doubles with a 4-1 advantage over Trevor's International Team (excluding European players) Immelman.
In North Carolina and on the Quail Hollow Club course, on the first day of foursome challenges, the stars and stripes team got off to a good start. Four successes: Patrick Cantlay / Xander Schauffele dominated (6 & 5 the result) over Adam Scott / Hideki Matsuyama.
While Jordan Spieth / Justin Thomas and Cameron Young / Collin Morikawa outperformed (and by the same score, 2 & 1) Sungjae Im / Corey Conners and Tom Kim / Lee Kyoung-hoon respectively. Exploit (1up) also for Tony Finau / Max Homa, who beat Taylor Pendrith / Mito Pereira at the photo finish.
The shot of pride, for the International Team, came with the duo Si Woo Kim / Cameron Davis, good at defeating (for 2up) Scottie Scheffler (world number 1) and Sam Burns.
Presidents Cup, results
The United States is chasing their ninth consecutive victory in a tournament that has already been won eleven times.
Founded on the initiative of the US PGA Tour, the competition was first held in 1994 and named the Presidents Cup in honor of former US President Gerald Ford, who had assumed the patronage. In 1994 and 1996 the event took place in the USA, since 1998 the venue has alternated between the USA and a location elsewhere in the world.
Since the Ryder Cup was not held in 2001 and was postponed to the following year, the Presidents Cup has been held in odd-numbered years ever since, coinciding with the Seve Trophy. In 2017, Donald Trump was the first incumbent US President to present the trophy to the winning team.
As in the Ryder Cup, each team consists of 12 players and a non-playing captain who is responsible for line-up variations. Unlike the Ryder Cup, the competition has lasted 4 days since 2003 and all 12 players from each team are involved in the 6 doubles matches (foursomes and fourballs) on the 1st and 2nd day.
On the 3rd day, one player per team sits out in the 5 doubles matches. On the last day it's like the Ryder Cup again, i. i.e. there are 12 individual games. So a total of 34 points/matches are played, while the Ryder Cup only has 28.
Another important difference is that - as long as the cup winner has not been determined - the individual matches are played via a jump-off until a winner is determined. Only 30 matches have been played since 2015 – 5 doubles each on the 2nd day and 4 doubles matches on the 3rd day in both formats.