Americans listed as heavy favorites to retain Presidents Cup

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The United States has dominated the Presidents Cup, and oddsmakers don’t expect that trend to change this week at Royal Melbourne.

The Americans have lost only once in the 25-year history of the event, although that defeat did come at this same venue back in 1998. But Tiger Woods’ squad is a heavy favorite based on world rankings and the oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook have positioned them similarly at the betting window.

The U.S. team is listed as a -250 favorite, meaning bettors must risk $250 for every $100 they hope to win. The Internationals are +260 underdogs, meaning their backers will win $260 for every $100 wagered.

And if you’re expecting history to repeat itself in terms of a duel between Woods and Ernie Els ending in a draw like it did at the 2003 Presidents Cup, you can get 14/1 odds that the event will end exactly in a 15-15 tie.

Here’s a look at odds on which individual will rack up the most points for each team, with Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama the respective favorites:

American top scorer

5/1 Justin Thomas

6/1 Xander Schauffele

7/1 Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson

10/1 Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler

12/1 Tiger Woods, Tony Finau

14/1 Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland

20/1 Matt Kuchar


International top scorer

9/2 Hideki Matsuyama

5/1 Adam Scott

6/1 Louis Oosthuizen

8/1 Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Sungjae Im

14/1 Joaquin Niemann, Byeong-Hun An

18/1 Haotong Li, Abraham Ancer, Adam Hadwin

35/1 C.T. Pan