Could Adam Scott hold the key to International Glory?

This week sees the 10th edition of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village in Ohio and it looks set to be one of the most exciting events since the tournament’s inception in 1994.

The competition involves the top 12 players from America taking on the top 12 international players in a matchplay format similar to the Ryder Cup.

However, unlike the Ryder Cup, this biennial event has never quite generated the same excitement as, despite a number of tight tussles, the International team have won just once, that victory coming at Royal Melbourne in 1998.

They did manage a tie at Fancourt in 2003 but the fact remains that they are still to win on American soil, with Team USA emerging victorious in seven of the nine events so far and they are understandably way ahead in the golf betting going into the competition.

On paper, the home team probably shade it but this also looks like it could be the strongest group ever assembled by the internationals, with five major winners, the newest being Adam Scott.

Those who like to bet on golf have long backed the Australian for glory but he has always disappointed, most notably at the 2012 Open Championship when he surrendered a four-shot lead in the final holes.

However, that all changed this year though when he held his nerve in a play-off to beat Angel Cabrera and win the Masters at Augusta.

Since then, he has had a newly discovered steel about him, brought on by the confidence of winning a major, and fans now feel that if he went head-to-head with any player in the world, he would have an excellent chance of winning.

Matchplay as a format is all about mental strength and the ability to bounce back when you’re down whatever stage of the round.

As world number two, the 33-year-old will be asked by captain, Nick Price, to lead from the front and will expect to earn plenty of points.

Another drubbing by the USA would lead to further questions about the event’s credibility, but in Scott, the International team may well have a man capable of inspiring to them to an overdue victory.

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