November 26, 2022, 18:51

Presidents Cup key questions: How much has the contest been impacted by the launch of LIV Golf?

Presidents Cup key questions: How much has the contest been impacted by the launch of LIV Golf?

Team USA chasing a ninth consecutive victory against the International Team; both teams are without likely squad members due to them joining LIV Golf – watch the Presidents Cup from September 22-25 live on Sky Sports Golf

Team USA look to continue their dominant Presidents Cup record against the International Team this week, but how much has the contest been impacted by the launch of the LIV Golf Invitational Series?

The Americans hold a 100 per cent record on home soil since the competition launched in 1994, winning all seven contests held in the United States, while Team USA are chasing a record ninth consecutive victory in the biennial contest.

Captains Davis Love III and Trevor Immelman have seen their potential line-ups disrupted by the PGA Tour “suspending indefinitely” any player joining the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf circuit, with the ban also preventing them from competing in the Presidents Cup.

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A look back at the best of the action from the fourth and final day of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club A look back at the best of the action from the fourth and final day of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Team USA will field their youngest roster in Presidents Cup history as a result, offering an average age of 29.6-years-old, while the International Team only have four players with any previous Presidents Cup experience in their 12-man line-up.

Ahead of the contest at Quail Hollow from September 22-25, live on Sky Sports, we take a closer look at the two teams, the potential players missing and whether the International Team can produce an historic upset on American soil…

Who misses out for Team USA?

Three of the team who completed a record-breaking Ryder Cup victory at Whistling Straits last year are ineligible to compete, with Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson – who became the first American in the modern era to win all five sessions – all unable to feature.

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Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka put their rivalry aside to embrace with the Ryder Cup trophy after Team USA’s record victory at Whistling Straits Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka put their rivalry aside to embrace with the Ryder Cup trophy after Team USA’s record victory at Whistling Straits

Johnson has played in four of the last five Presidents Cup teams and has only missed one Ryder Cup since 2010, while Koepka has been involved in the last three Ryder Cups and DeChambeau the last two as well as the 2019 Presidents Cup victory.

Patrick Reed, dubbed ‘Captain America’ for his past performances for Team USA, played in three Ryder Cups and has been part of the last three winning Presidents Cup teams, with Ryder Cup legend Phil Mickelson and fellow former Masters champion Bubba Watson also out of consideration.

Sourse: skysports.com

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