Presidents Cup: Meet the International team

Adam Scott
Adam Scott ( Associated Press )

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The International team hasn’t won the Presidents Cup since 1998, coincidentally the last time the matches were played at Royal Melbourne. Since then, the Internationals have gone 0-4-1, including a 19.5-14.5 loss in 2009 at Harding Park in San Francisco.

Here is an in-depth look at the team, captained by Greg Norman:

1. Jason Day

Scoring average on Tour: 69.94

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: 10 (21 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-2, Masters; 2nd, U.S. Open; T-30, British Open; MC, PGA Championship.

Presidents Cup record: First appearance

Outlook: One of the more consistent players on Tour this year, Day has been in great form since a missed cut at the PGA Championship, putting up a pair of top 10s in the FedEx Cup playoffs (T-3, Deutsche Bank; T-6, Tour Championship).

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2. Adam Scott

Scoring average on Tour: 70.24

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: seven (18 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-2, Masters; MC, U.S. Open; T-25, British Open; 7th, PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: 8-10-2

Outlook: Since becoming a captain's pick in 2009, Scott has turned his game around, switching to a long putter and winning three times around the world, including a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone. He seems to be in great form, too, but has gone 2-7-1 in his past two Presidents Cup appearances.

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3. Charl Schwartzel

Scoring average on Tour: 70.50

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: three (15 starts)

Major finishes this season: Won, Masters; T-9, U.S. Open; T-16, British Open; T-12 PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: First appearance

Outlook: Since slipping on the green jacket in April, Schwartzel has been a model of consistency, making all 15 cuts and posting the best cumulative major record of any player. Schwartzel failed to qualify for the Tour Championship, only after a gamble to skip the Barclays didn’t pay off.

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4. K.J. Choi

Scoring average on Tour: 70.52

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: eight (22 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-8, Masters; MC, U.S. Open; T-44, British Open; T-39, PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: 3-6-0

Outlook: Apart from a flawless 2-0 singles record, Choi hasn’t been very effective in the team portion of the Presidents Cup, going 1-6-0 in four-balls and foursomes. After missing the cut at the Deutsche Bank, he had top 10s in the final two events of the year, tying for third at East Lake.

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5. Kyung-tae Kim

Scoring average on Tour: 70.49

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: two (9 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-44, Masters; T-30, U.S. Open; MC, British Open; T-59, PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: first appearance

Outlook: The 25-year-old has risen all the way to No. 22 in the world, thanks to winning five times on the Japan Tour over the past two years. As a rookie, it seems like a natural fit to partner with Choi, an experienced fellow South Korean.

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6. Retief Goosen

Scoring average on Tour: 70.78

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: one (15 starts)

Major finishes this season: MC, Masters; T-23, U.S. Open; WD, British Open; WD, PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: 11-10-3

Outlook: The Goose is trending downward after one of his least productive seasons on Tour. He does have a good history partnering with Adam Scott (4-1-1), however, so maybe that can spark something in Goosen.

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7. Geoff Ogilvy

Scoring average on Tour: 70.53

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: four (21 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-4, Masters; MC, U.S. Open; MC, British Open; MC, PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: 4-5-0

Outlook: Ogilvy is undefeated in his two singles appearances and is a proven match-play performer, twice winning the WGC-Match Play. Playing at comfortable Royal Melbourne, Ogilvy could be a team leader.

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8. Ernie Els

Scoring average on Tour: 71.43

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: zero (20 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-47, Masters; MC, U.S. Open; MC, British Open; MC, PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: 16-12-2

Outlook: It will be interesting to see if a familiar event can revamp a seemingly lost Els, who landed inside the top 25 in only five events this year and missed the Tour Championship for the first time since 2005.

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9. Y.E. Yang

Scoring average on Tour: 70.80

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: five (18 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-20, Masters; T-3, U.S. Open; T-16, British Open; T-69, PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: 2-2-1

Outlook: Yang quietly had a nice year on Tour, and in 2009 seemed to find a winning combination with Ryo Ishikawa at Harding Park, going 2-1. Here’s hoping he doesn’t run into a motivated Tiger Woods again, to whom he lost, 6 and 5, in singles months after defeating Woods at the PGA Championship.

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10. Ryo Ishikawa

Scoring average on Tour: 71.54

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: one (10 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-20, Masters; T-30, U.S. Open; MC, British Open; MC, PGA Championship

Presidents Cup record: 3-2-0

Outlook: Ishikawa defeated Kenny Perry in singles to post a winning record at Harding Park after being given a chance as a captain’s pick. We haven’t seen much of him since posting 85 in the first round of the PGA, but he has posted a pair of top 5s on the Japan Tour since then.

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Captain's picks

Robert Allenby

Scoring average on Tour: 70.78

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: three (18 starts)

Major finishes this season: MC, Masters; MC, U.S. Open; T-48, British Open; T-26, PGA Championship

Outlook: Growing up on Royal Melbourne, it would have been impossible to leave Allenby off the team. He hasn't missed a cut since the U.S. Open, but he's also posted only one top-10 finish.

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Aaron Baddeley

Scoring average on Tour: 70.22

Top-10 finishes on Tour this season: five (22 starts)

Major finishes this season: T-47, Masters; MC, U.S. Open; MC, British Open; MC, PGA Championship

Outlook: Showed good form by scaring the Tour Championship title. He's had some peaks and valleys this year, but playing on home soil should keep the momentum going.