2022 Presidents Cup Teams: Ranking of All 24 Golfers Playing at Quail Hollow

There is no doubt that the 2022 Presidents Cup teams are one-sided. It’s not necessarily true that the United States has the 12 best players and the international team the 12 worst, but you could be getting close and not be far off.

There is also no doubt that this is an issue hampering interest in this year’s event. After an insanely good 2019 Presidents Cup, it wasn’t irrational to believe that future Presidents Cups would be much closer than those of the past – and perhaps even more competitive than Ryder Cups.

With the departure of international players such as Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen to LIV Golf, that story has changed considerably. Nowhere is that more evident than in the individual player rankings. Looking at the rosters as a whole can make you squint and potentially talk yourself into a competitive week. However, if you look at the player rankings based on current form and past performance at team events, there is absolutely no chance.

2022 Presidents Cup Teams, Ranked

1. Justin Thomas (US): JT gets the narrow nod over Scottie Scheffler for his incredible play in team events (he’s 10-2-3 in non-singles play at Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups). He knows what is expected of him, and unlike many talented athletes, he definitely wants the ball when the lights come on.

2. Scottie Scheffler (USA): The number 1 player in the world rightly received the PGA Tour Player of the Year trophy two weeks ago. Although he hasn’t won since the Masters, his punching power has remained the same and his level of play outside of putting has barely dropped. He’s probably ready to carry a huge load at US team events.

3. Xander Schauffele (US): However you slice it, Schauffele has been one of the top three players at this event for the past six months. He is a threat from tee to green, and he holds a 6-3-0 career record at US team events, including a 4-0-0 in foursomes alongside Patrick Cantlay (who he will be paired with often this week).

4. Sungjae Im (international): This may be a bit long for Im, but I’m trying to find some hope for Trevor Immelman’s side, and I play great golf. He is second in this field in hitting the ball over his last 20 laps and nearly won the Tour Championship over Scheffler and Rory McIlroy. Neither team scored more than the 3.5 points he achieved at Royal Melbourne in 2019.

5. Tony Finau (US): One of the breakout stars of last year’s Ryder Cup was also one of the best players in the world for the past six months. Finau has been alone behind Scheffler and Schauffele in hitting balls in the past six months.

6. Patrick Cantlay (USA): He was good on this track, good at match play at team events and generally great over the last two months. There is much to love. Cantlay and Finau are the only players with an average of at least 0.3 strokes per round in all four categories (driving, approach play, around the green and putting).

7. Max Homa (US): He records his fifth win last week in Napa, California, in his first-ever team event where he should thrive. It helps that he has won Quail Hollow before and was one of the top six players at this event in his last 20 rounds.

8. Cameron Young (US): He is the tallest player of anyone in this event in the last 12 months, and only Taylor Pendrith is close. According to Data Golf, Young will get the biggest course-fit bump of all 24 golfers who will tee off this week. When he is paired up with Tony Finau, it becomes an absolute bonanza from the tee.

9. Jordan Spieth (USA): He’s showing real glimpses of his old iron-playing self, but the putter hasn’t been magical lately (to say the least). I’m confident he will play solidly, but I’m not going to shout it from the rooftops like at previous team events, as this past season was statistically the worst of his PGA Tour career.

10. Sam Burns (US): Burns cooled off a bit at the end of last season and hasn’t been a great striker in recent months. However, he seems perfectly constructed for match play at Quail Hollow (tall, great iron player who puts well) and should thrive in his pod along with Scheffler, Billy Horschel and Kevin Kisner.

11. Hideki Matsuyama (International): The 2021 Masters champion is playing his fifth Presidents Cup. He took the second best stroke count in Quail Hollow of anyone at this event, behind only Thomas and just ahead of Spieth and Billy Horschel.

12. Adam Scott (international): He finished last season with two top fives in his last four starts. However, his overall match play record in the Presidents Cup is 16-22-6, which isn’t great considering most of it came in the middle of his career prime. He also insists on dressing like a father the most during this event.

13. Collin Morikawa (USA): How scary is it that the US has a two-time big winner that’s this low? The internationals don’t have a single multiple big winner on their roster, and the US can roll out someone who did last year as their 10th best player.

14. Corey Conners (international): How’s Conners’ first Presidents Cup going?! He is a huge ball striker (fifth in the field in his last 20 rounds), but the short game could keep him from winning many matches and could be a problem especially with alternating shots.

15. Tom Kim (international): Perhaps the biggest difference between floor and ceiling of anyone in the field. Kim is an excellent iron player (the best in the field in his last 20 rounds), and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins two or three games from players who outshine him from the tee (which are the most).

16. Billy Horschel (US): A year of ups and downs for Horschel, who both won Memorial but also failed to finish in the top 20 on the PGA Tour via the Tour Championship. Quail Hollow isn’t a great fit for him statistically, but I wouldn’t want to run into him in match play at any point, either.

17. Cameron Davis (international): Consider me intrigued here. He is one of the four or five tallest players on the field and one of the few international players who has the firepower to keep most American guys off the tee. He also finished this most recent PGA Tour season with five top 20s in his last six starts. He will probably prove to be a good captain’s choice from Immelman.

18. Taylor Pendrith (international): Along with Davis, he was obviously chosen for his height, but he also hits his irons pretty well and had six top 15s in his last seven PGA Tour starts last season (T67 at last week’s Fortinet Championship).

19. Si Woo Kim (international): His pits have been terrifyingly bad lately, but you know the talent is there to take on anyone the US can throw at him. Always a stranger at events like this, but who could forget him to go full “shhhhh” at the 2017 Presidents Cup with his team two touchdowns on Sunday.

20. Mito Pereira (international): The near PGA Championship winner has had a strong season, but he hasn’t had a single top 40 from his last six events and Quail Hollow isn’t bringing much momentum.

21. Kevin Kisner (US): He has been the worst striker on the pitch in the past 12 months, much of it due to him being the shortest player off the tee by a fairly healthy margin (although Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Tom Kim are close). Kisner could in fact clean up in match play like he does at the WGC event, but on paper he doesn’t fit this course well.

22. KH Lee (international): He placed a top 10 after his win over the AT&T Byron Nelson earlier this year.

23. Sebastian Munoz (international): He posted zero top 10s after his T3 at the AT&T Byron Nelson earlier this year.

24. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (international): He is one of only two golfers in the event to have a negative stroke count in his last 20 rounds (Kisner is the other). That’s not going to go well in Quail Hollow.