Presidents Cup: Meet the International team

Adam Scott

Adam Scott

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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