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Presidents Cup captains discuss infamous LIV Tour, 'incredible' Quail Hollow, more

Alex Zietlow and Justin Pelletier, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Golf

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Live competition for one of the biggest golf events of the year doesn’t start for another day, but the banter has already begun.

The Presidents Cup, an international golf tournament that pits some of the best golfers from the United States against some of the best from the rest of the world, begins at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte on Thursday. The two teams’ captains were made available to media on Tuesday — and they spoke on their appreciation for the course renovations ahead of the event, their thought processes for this year’s team selections (and how the LIV Tour looms in those selections), which team would win in a pickup basketball game (?) and more.

Here’s what you should know.

The U.S. squad is this year’s Presidents Cup favorite. In basketball, too?

This weekend marks the 14th iteration of the Presidents Cup. The international tournament event is similar to the Ryder Cup — which started before the Presidents Cup and specifically matches up the best golfers from the United States and the best golfers from Europe — in an lot of ways.

Among the ways the two are similar: The U.S. is generally the favorite.

 

In the 13 previous tournaments, the U.S. has won 11. The International field has won once (in 1998), and the teams tied in 2003. The inaugural event was in 1994.

For this made-for-TV extravaganza, there’s no fooling this year’s captains — one team is favored over another.

“We’re used to being called the favorite,” said Davis Love III, the captain of the American team. “Even when we lose three Ryder Cups in a row, they tell us, ‘Oh, but they’re the favorite.’ The other captain or the other team or you guys remind us that we’re the favorite. So we’re used to that. That’s on paper, and a lot of great coaches will tell you the game’s not played on paper. They’re played out there on the golf course.”

He added: “In the regular season, we only play it once because you never know what’s going to happen.”

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