The last week of September is here, which means it’s time for the final big event of the golf season. The ultimate conclusion takes us to Jersey City, New Jersey, the site of the 12th Presidents Cup.
While not as highly regarded as the Ryder Cup, the biennial event offers plenty of intrigue. A total of 24 of the world’s top players will be present at Liberty National this week, competing as teams in foursome, fourball and singles matches.
The Americans (1/3) enter as six-time defending champions, with their previous victory coming by just a single point in 2015. Branden Grace (18/1) comes into this year’s event as the highest defending points scorer after going 5-0 two years ago, but 10 other players have higher odds than him in Jersey City.
Below, we take a look at five players who look like good picks this week in our PGA Pick ‘Em Contest, in addition to our selections for the winning team.
Jordan Spieth (8/1): The No. 2 player in the world arrives at Liberty National with the best odds of anyone in the field.
Spieth hasn’t won since July but is white hot, posting four top-10 finishes in his last four starts. That ability to post at least three good rounds bodes well for his chances of finishing with the highest amount of points this weekend.
Jason Day (9/1): Day finished 12th here at The Barclays in 2009, the highest finish in that tournament of anyone in this year’s Presidents Cup. Las Vegas favors him and Matsuyama to be the International team’s highest scorers this week.
Charley Hoffman (28/1): Hoffman is here as one of two captain’s picks and we don’t see him wasting the opportunity. He is new to the Presidents Cup format, but that hasn’t necessarily meant bad things for newcomers in the past.
The UNLV product will also be looking to finish strong, undoubtedly looking forward to some time off after playing more golf than anyone over the past 12 months.
Kevin Kisner (28/1): It might be tough for Kisner to match the fun he had last weekend. Not only did he finish third at the TOUR Championship, but the Georgia alumnus took a helicopter from Atlanta to Athens after his round on Saturday so he could see his Bulldogs blow out Mississippi State.
Even if the highs aren’t that high in Jersey City, we still like Kisner to build on that strong performance in Atlanta and parlay it into a few wins this week.
Adam Hadwin (40/1): Hadwin provides some good value here at 40/1. Liberty National fits his game nicely and he showed flashes of brilliance throughout the playoffs, including a 13th place finish at the Dell Technologies that featured back-to-back rounds of 65 and 68 on Saturday and Sunday.
The Canadian will likely be matched with some of the lower-ranking Americans, which will give him plenty of opportunity to accumulate wins and points throughout the Cup.
The Presidents Cup Winner
America (1/3): This team is just too deep to not pick as the winner for a seventh consecutive time. For example, Justin Thomas might be the fourth-best player on the roster, and he just won the FedEx Cup on Sunday. Considering the talent and the fact that the event is on its home soil, we’d be surprised if the Americans didn’t keep the Cup.