Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup matches:
Teams: United States against an International team of players from everywhere but Europe.
Dates: Oct. 8-11.
Venue: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.
Length: 7,380 yards.
Points needed to win: 15 1/2.
Captains: Jay Haas (U.S.) and Nick Price (International)
Defending champion: United States.
Series: United States leads, 8-1-1
Format: Nine matches of foursomes, nine matches of fourballs, 12 singles matches. Each is worth one point. This is four fewer team matches than previous years.
Last time: The Americans didn’t lose a session until it no longer mattered. They built a 14-8 lead in four sessions of team play, and wound up with an 18 1/2-15 1/2 victory in 2013 at Muirfield Village to extend their unbeaten streak to seven Presidents Cups. Tiger Woods, who went 4-1, delivered the winning point for the second straight time.
International team: Sang-moon Bae (South Korea), Steven Bowditch (Australia), Jason Day (Australia), Branden Grace (South Africa), Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand), Anirban Lahiri (India), Danny Lee (New Zealand), Marc Leishman (Australia), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Adam Scott (Australia).
U.S. team: Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas, J.B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson.
Tale of the tape: The Americans have five of the top 10 players in the world and all 12 players are among the top 28 in the world ranking. The International has only one player in the top 10, and six players are outside the top 30.
Key Statistic: The last time the Americans lost the Presidents Cup, nine players on this U.S. team were still amateurs. Spieth was in kindergarten.
Notable: The International team has never had players from more than two Asian countries. For the first Presidents Cup staged in Asia, the team has players from four countries – South Korea (Sang-moon Bae), Japan (Hideki Matsuyama), Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee) and India (Anirban Lahiri).
Quotable: ”You don’t want it to turn into an exhibition match.” – Jason Day, on the American dominance of the Presidents Cup.
Live Television (all times EDT): Wednesday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Golf Channel. Thursday, 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., Golf Channel; Friday, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., Golf Channel. Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., Golf Channel.
Taped television (all times EDT): Thursday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Golf Channel. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Golf Channel. Saturday, noon to 3:30 p.m., NBC. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., NBC.