October 29, 2017

Golfers have started trooping in for the Presidents Cup set for the Liberty National this week.

The venue was largely quiet on Monday but some players arrived. Most players are believed to be observing some rest after the Tour Championship last week.

In the International team Branden Grace and Hideki Matsuyama were seen preparing later in the day after the American team had practiced. Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson were among the early arrivals as Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell joined to practice. Mickelson is the only American that did not feature in the Tour Championship though. The Americans had gathered on Sunday at the hotel to celebrate Justin Thomas’ FedEx Cup win.

For now the captains, assistants and caddies are doing more of the work scouting the rerouted layout. The American team had captain Steve Stricker, assistant Davis Love III and their caddies moving around the layout, same as the International captain Nick Price and assistant Mike Weir.

The American team is expected to impress at this year’s event, coming off their big win at last year’s Ryder Cup. The FedEx Cup winner Justin Thomas and Open champ Jordan Spiethwould lead the American side against the rest of the world, excluding Europe.

With the American side known to dominate their rivals from other parts of the world, this year would not be an exception even as Matsuyama headlines the International side. The lineup in the American corner is just oozing of massive talent. The aforementioned duo along with Dustin Johnson enjoyed 12 victories including majors. Captain Stricker would rely on Mickelson to guide the debutants with his rich experience.

The International side has lost the last six editions but they would use the close call of 2015 as a reminder that anything can happen. They lost that year by just a point but they still have the bulk of that team this term. Captain Price and Grace would play an important role if they are to usurp Team USA.