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Though the Tour season is over, the 2016-2017 schedule of events wraps up this week with the Presidents Cup, a team event between the United States and International (excluding Europe) teams over the course of four days. The Cup alternates between stateside and international venues, and this year it lands at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. The event starts on Thursday, so with that in mind, let’s hash out all the information you may need before things get started.

History

The Presidents Cup was created as the biennial alternative to the Ryder Cup in 1994. The event was moved to the odd years after the 2001 Ryder Cup was pushed back to 2002 due to the September 11th attacks. In addition to being a much newer event than the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup has also been a much more lopsided affair. The United States has won 9 of the 11 times this competition has been held, while the International team’s lone win came in 1998. The two sides tied once in 2003 as well and shared the Cup.

Format

The format schedule has changed since the inception of this event, but the style of play has remained the same. Over the course of these four days, the players will pair up for either team fourball or team foursome matches. Fourball is another term for best ball, where both players on each team play their own ball, with the idea being that each team will have two opportunities to card the lowest score on any hole. In foursomes matches, the teammates play one ball between the both of them while alternating shots on the hole. On the final day of competition, every player on both sides goes out in singles matches to decide the winner. Here’s how the format is scheduled out for this weekend.

Thursday: 5 foursomes

Friday: 5 fourballs

Saturday: 4 foursomes (morning), 4 fourballs (afternoon)

Sunday: 12 singles

One point is awarded to a team for winning a match outright, while any ties in a match result in a half-point for each team. Overall, 30 points are up for grabs over the weekend. Unlike the Ryder Cup, if the competition is deadlocked after Sunday singles, the two teams will share the Cup until 2019. In the Ryder Cup, a team has to win the competition outright to have the trophy change sides.

Rosters

Here’s the 12 men on each side who will be teeing it up this week, with their overall team match play records in parentheses, courtesy of adamsarson.com.

United States

Dustin Johnson (6-8-1)

Jordan Spieth (9-3-2)

Justin Thomas (N/A)

Daniel Berger (N/A)

Rickie Fowler (2-5-4)

Brooks Koepka (2-1)

Kevin Kisner (N/A)

Patrick Reed (5-3-2)

Matt Kuchar (9-8-4)

Charley Hoffman (N/A)

Phil Mickelson (35-28-15)

Kevin Chappell (N/A)

Captain: Steve Stricker

Assistant Captains: Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk

International

Hideki Matsuyama (2-3-2)

Jason Day (3-6-3)

Adam Scott (9-14-5)

Louis Oosthuizen (5-3)

Marc Leishman (1-5-1)

Charl Schwartzel (4-5-1)

Branden Grace (4-3)

Si Woo Kim (N/A)

Jhonattan Vegas (N/A)

Adam Hadwin (N/A)

Emiliano Grillo (N/A)

Anirban Lahiri (1-5)

Captain: Nick Price

Assistant Captains: Ernie Els, Tony Johnstone, Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Weir

TV Schedule (all times Eastern)

Thursday: Golf Channel, 1 to 6 p.m.

Friday: Golf Channel, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: NBC, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: NBC, noon to 6 p.m.

Presidents Cup 2017: Format, rosters, and TV schedule at Liberty National Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Eric  Buenning About the author:
Eric Buenning was born in Milwaukee, WI, where the weather is nice for half of the year. To cope with this disadvantage, he had no other choice but to come obsessed with sports. He previously covered the Milwaukee Bucks for both the TrueHoop Network and SB Nation, and has contributed ...Read more
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