Presidents Cup: Saturday foursomes breakdown

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It’s over.

The United States smashed the International squad on Friday, winning four of the five matches and halving the other to take an 8-2 lead after the first two sessions. They now sit at -5000 to win the event.

Unfortunately for our pick, the US parlay had the one match that halved, so it only paid out at -200 with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka getting a win. So our three plays thus far are up 2.6 units.

Looking at the four Saturday morning matches, it’s really tough to gauge where any of the International players’ heads will be at. All four American teams enter as the favorites.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will lead things off again, this time as -175 favorites against Jason Day and Marc Leishman. The Intenationals are trying to jump start things with the Aussies against a Spieth and Reed team that could only get a half point against Adam Hadwin and a poor Hideki Matsuyama. I’ve already got Leishman as the top point scorer so I’m not going to double down on an International win, but this could be a spot with some value if Day and Leishman’s heads are in the match.

The next match out pairs Johnson with Matt Kuchar at -225 against Hadwin and Adam Scott. I think Hadwin played well against Spieth and Reed Friday and carried Matsuyama for large stretches in that match. Scott has been in two tough matches against Johnson already, dropping both. I like what the US is doing with Johnson, pairing him with the steady Kuchar in alternate shot, then putting him with the more explosive Koepka in fourball. It’s not going to matter much this year because everything has worked for the US this week, but it’s something to watch for in next year’s Ryder Cup.

Match 3 will put Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner against the South American duo of Emiliano Grillo and Jhonattan Vegas. Mickelson and Kisner got a surprising point against Day and Leishman on Friday in a match they never led until Mickelson holed a putt on No. 18. I actually like this Grillo and Vegas pairing, though, and at +165, I think this may be the lone International bet that’s playable.

The anchor match will put Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler against Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace. Thomas and Fowler defeated the South Africans on Friday in fourball. As -165 favorites, the Americans are 2-0 through two days and have all the confidence in the world going against the only International team that has a win.

Overall, I don’t see much here to play. I’ll wait until the Saturday afternoon session and post plays on Twitter. I’ll likely have an American parlay against whatever teams Si Woo Kim and Anirban Lahiri are on. Those two are just dead weight for the Internationals and essentially have their partners playing two on one. If they happen to be paired together, it would be a massive play in the -300 range.

Joshua has spent the last five years writing about sports and the last 10 years betting them, mostly on golf. He’s one of approximately five people who will watch the PGA over the NFL in November. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaPerry22

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