About the lone suspense for Sunday’s singles matches at the Presidents Cup is whether the United States will clinch the Cup before the last singles match goes off.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of exaggeration, but with a 14.5-3.5 lead heading into the 12 singles matches, the question is not if, but rather when the U.S, clinches the Cup.
For those doing the math, the U.S. needs 15.5 points to win the cup – one point out of the 12 matches.
Here’s a quick run through the 12 matches that begin at 9:04 a.m. PDT. I am not sure if they will play all the matches once the U.S. wins as many times in team competition once the win is clinched, the players will halve their match in a sportsmanlike gesture.
That being said, let’s go through all the matches!
Chappell (USA) vs. Leishman (INT)
If it was closer, this would be a big match for the Internationals as I think Leishman will be very tough here!
Prediction: Leishman 4 and 3
Hoffman vs. Day
Hoffman is unflappable and with no pressure, he can go out and just play. Day is just off from where he is at his best.
Prediction: Hoffman 2 and 1
Thomas vs. Matsuyama
Two of the top players in the world going head to head. It’s been the American’s week and it is going to continue here!
Prediction: Thomas 1 up
Berger vs. Kim
Another match that would be huge for the Internationals if the outcome was in doubt. Well, it’s not, but I think this is a win – one of the few – for the Internationals.
Prediction: Kim 4 and 3
Kuchar vs. Schwartzel
Kooch!! The crowd will be in full cheering mode for this match
Prediction: Kuchar 5 and 4!
Reed vs. Oosthuizen
P-Reed will be working the crowd throughout the match, getting the chants going. He lives for singles matches and will really get into this one!
Prediction: Reed 6 and 5
Johnson vs. Grace
Would have been a great match, but will still be enjoyable. Grace in my mind is the player that flies the most under the radar in the world and Johnson is obviously recognized as one of the best.
Prediction: Johnson 2 and 1
Koepka vs. Scott
Too much firepower for the United States and the U.S. Open win this year has given Koepka the confidence to go with his considerable confidence!
Prediction: Koepka 3 and 2
Spieth vs. Vegas
Another one of the meaning less matches, but you just know Spieth will take care of business. I am guessing he will have some of the best shots of the week in this match.
Prediction: Spieth 4 and 3
Kisner vs. Lahiri
Kisner’s star should have risen this week, letting the rest of the sporting world realize what those of us in the business already know – the kid can play!
Prediction: Kisner 7 and 6
Mickelson vs. Hadwin
I would love to pick Philly here, but I can’t. Hadwin is another player that flies well under the radar. By this time next year, many will know the name.
Prediction: Hadwin 3 and 2
Fowler vs. Grillo
What a way to end the week. Arguably the most popular player in the United States right now – at least with the younger generation- Fowler ends the week with one final win for the Red, White and Blue!
Prediction: Fowler 4 and 3!
By Dennis Miller