Event and Course Preview: President's Cup


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Event and Course Preview: President's Cup

The 14th edition of the President’s Cup will kick of this week, where the US and the International team will square off at Quail Hollow Golf course in Charlotte, North Carolina, marking the first time the Club has hosted a Presidents Cup. The course recently hosted the PGA Championship in 2017 as well as the Wells Fargo Championship. We’ll see it again in 2025 for the PGA Championship. The last time we saw the course on Tour was in 2021 when Rory McIlroy won for the third time at Quail Hollow.

Course Preview

Quail Hollow Golf Club was designed by George Cobb and opened in 1966. The par 71 course features bermudagrass throughout the property, from the tee boxes to the greens. The course measures slightly under 7600 yards, which is very long for a par 71 course. The greens are relatively large compared to the average PGA Tour course and will have many undulations. Some of the main defenses of the course are the 4 water hazards and 61 sand bunkers, however the bermudagrass rough will only measure 1.75 inches.

Quick Points
  • Course Architect: George Cobb (1966), Tom Fazio

  • Par: 71 (Four Par 3s, Eleven Par 4s, Three Par 5s)

  • Distance: 7.576 Yards

  • Greens Surface: Bermuda

  • Average Green Size: 6,578 Yards - Above PGA Tour Average

  • Number of Holes With Water Hazards: 4

  • Sand Bunkers: 61

  • Rough Length: 1.75 Inches Bermuda

Pivotal Holes

Quail Hollow has one of golf’s most difficult finishing holes in holes 16-18, a three-hole streth titled “The Green Mile.” In previous match-play events, matches usually end before even reaching the final three holes. According to the PGA Tour Website, the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia saw all 30 matches reached the 15th green, while only 12 got to the finishing hole. To ensure they play an impact on the matches, the Green Mile holes have been moved up in the routing and will play as holes 13-15. The original layout is now rerouted as 1-8, 12-18, 10-11, and 9.

Watch the Early-Tee-Time Livestream Monday at 6 PM ET for a hole-by-hole breakdown and a more in-depth look at this week’s course.

The Field

Both Teams consist of 12 players. The US team is led by captain Davis Love III, and the international team is captained by Trevor Immelman.

The US selects the top 6 players in a points standings that dates back to 2019. Those top six are: Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns, Justin Thomas, and Tony Finau. There are then six captain picks made by Captain Love, who are Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, Max Homa, Cameron Young, Billy Horschel, and Kevin Kisner.

The international team also has a points standings that dates back to last year and gives selections to the top 8 picks, minus Cam Smith and Joaquin Niemann. Those top 8 are Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, Tom Kim, Corey Conners, Adam Scott, Mito Pereia, K.H. Lee, and Sebastian Munoz. The other four players on the team are Taylor Pendrith, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Cameron Davis, and Si Woo Kim.

Essential Questions

How is DraftKings scoring for the President’s cup different from normal PGA Tour Events?

DraftKings switches up their scoring rules when creating contests for Cup events. One of the main changes you’ll see is the switch to Captain Scoring, where you draft a player to score 1.5 the points at 1.5 times their salary, very similar to a NFL or NBA Showdown contest.

You CAN roster players that may potentially play with each other. This can be good/bad of course depending on how they play. For example, If you know a certain pair of golfers will play together, you can pair both golfers and rack up the points in a blowout.

There is also no birdie/bogey scoring, as points will be assessed whether the team won, tied, or lost the hole. Teams that win three holes in a row will be award 5 bonus points, and teams that don’t lose a hole will score 7.5 points in addition to the holes-not-played bonus. Here is a breakdown of the DraftKings scoring this week:

Early Tee Time Livestream - Monday @ 6 ET

Well, that does it for this week’s Event and Course Preview. For a more in-depth breakdown of the course, the field, DFS strategy, and my favorite picks this week be sure to check out the Early Tee Time livestream this Monday at 6 PM Eastern. Good luck everyone!

*All stats used are from FantasyNational and DataGolf

Hunter Vanness started his golf content by posting a player pool each week on Twitter, which eventually turned into a DFS cheatsheet, in addition to a weekly event preview. He is fascinated by the game theory part of PGA DFS and is continuing to dive into the data side of the game.

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