GOLF Magazine and Sports Illustrated writers pick Presidents Cup winner.

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Presidents Cup Picks The writers and editors of GOLF Magazine and Sports Illustrated reveal which team they think will win the 2007 Presidents Cup. Gary Van Sickle Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated Pick: United States As of mid-August this seemed like a slam dunk for the International team. They seemed better, deeper and hotter than the Americans. Then Tiger regained his '01 form and at Southern Hills, Phil re-entered the building in Boston and Steve Stricker traveled back in time a decade. Meanwhile, some of the Internationals' big guns have been living on reputation instead of results. Then I sat down for some intense, in-depth research. Two minutes later, I could only conclude that the Americans have the edge. They're not better, but they're slightly more lukewarm. Actually, the Americans rate an edge because of their putting. Besides Woods, they have Stricker, Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Scott Verplank, and Jim Furyk (left) — all stars with the short stick. The International team's only truly terrific putters are Ernie Els, Mike Weir and Geoff Ogilvy. The others are spotty at best (Sabbatini and Choi) and not so good at worst (Trevor Immelman and Angel Cabrera). Putting is so important in match play that this may be the deciding factor. Van Sickle's first round picks | Leaderboard
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Mike Walker Production Editor, GOLF Magazine Pick: United States On paper it doesn't look good. The International team is a true Murderers' Row (Els, Goosen, Singh, Cabrera, Scott, Ogilvy and Choi). They're deep, whereas the Americans are top-heavy and coming off another Ryder Cup disaster. Also, the Canadian crowd will be pumped, both by the presence of national hero Mike Weir and the loonie's recent rise on the U.S. dollar. So why pick the Americans? Because we have a secret weapon: the host city. Montreal has the best nightlife of any city in North America. It won't be a problem for our guys because they'll be holed up in the rec room playing Ping-Pong, checking their investments or organizing a prayer group. But those International guys look like they like to have a good time. In Montreal they'll find it. I'm not suggesting Adam Scott (left) is going to pull a Bode Miller, but he and his teammates will have more on their mind than golf this week.
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Cameron Morfit Senior Writer, GOLF Magazine Pick: United States I think the U.S. team will win, but it'll be close. It's hard to say who looked more checked out at the Tour Championship, Ernie Els or Phil Mickelson. I'm going to say Els was more checked out and chalk up Mickelson's lackluster showing to an off-week with the putter. He says he's still hungry after missing a portion of the season with the wrist injury, and he's due to play well in a team event just to show he still cares. Overdue, actually.
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Alan Bastable Senior Associate Editor, GOLF Magazine Pick: Internationals Scary goes a long way in match play, and unfortunately for the members of Team U.S.A., they aren't all that scary. When you get past Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk, this Yankee lineup is more Triple-A than A-List. Don't get me wrong: guys like Steve Stricker, Woody Austin and Lucas Glover deserve to be on the squad, but if this thing gets scrappy — as team matches often do — my money's on Vijay Singh, Rory Sabbatini, Angel Cabrera and Retief Goosen. Nick O'Hern (left) and K.J. Choi will roll up their sleeves, too. Incidentally, if aggregate major wins is any way to gauge a team's potency, the tally looks like this when you remove Tiger's 13 titles from the picture: International: 11. U.S.: 6.
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Alan Shipnuck Writer, Sports Illustrated Pick: Internationals The U.S. has more or less owned the Presidents Cup since its inception in 1994, but I think that will change this year. To understand the relative strength of each team, just look at the captain's picks. The Internationals got a Masters champ who has played in three previous Cups (Mike Weir, left) and a Tiger-tamer who won two big matches in '05 (Nick O'Hern). The U.S. was forced to go with two callow if talented rookies (Hunter Mahan, Lucas Glover). The top-to-bottom strength of the Internationals is just one edge they enjoy. They have fewer players who just endured the FedEx Cup grind, and there is a strong motivation to finally win a Cup for their embattled captain, Gary Player. There is also the nominal home-field advantage, though it remains to be seen how loud the Canucks will be. But the bottom line is talent — the Internationals simply have more of it, whether it's quantified in major championship winners or world ranking points. This is the year all that game translates into a victory.
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David Dusek Deputy Editor, Pick: United States Sitting in the Ryder Cup media tent last September in Ireland, listening to my European counterparts sing, "Ole, Ole, Ole" as the Euros whupped up on the U.S. again was not fun. It must have been worse for the American players. Sure, the Presidents Cup is different, but a lot of the golfers are the same — Woods, Mickelson, Furyk, Johnson, Toms, Verplank and Cink. At some point pride kicks in, and I think we have reached that point. If the United States wants to win the Ryder Cup at Valhalla next September, they need to create some momentum at Royal Montreal this weekend. With Woods, Mickelson, Furyk and Stricker, the U.S. has plenty of big guns, and I think Woody Austin (left), Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan want to prove they belong. With Jack Nicklaus there to motivate the squad, I see another U.S. victory in the works. If things get tight on the last day, remember this: Only three players on the International team have a winning singles record in Presidents Cup play — Mike Weir (2-1-0), Retief Goosen (2-1-0) and K.J. Choi (1-0-0). Adam Scott, Trevor Immelman, Stewart Appleby and Angel Cabrera have never won a single match in Presidents Cup competition.
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Josh Sanburn Assistant Editor, GOLF Magazine Pick: United States Yes, the Americans often struggle in international competition, but for whatever reason they seem to find their stride in the Presidents Cup. While this year's team boasts four of the top five golfers in the world rankings (Woods, Mickelson, Furyk and Stricker), the U.S. squad is also peaking at the right time. Over the last five starts, the 12 Americans have posted six wins and 17 top 10s. The International crew hasn't won a single event. The only obstacle to the Cup could be a lack of depth and experience. For instance, Lucas Glover (left), with only one Tour win, is near the bottom of the lineup for the American team, while Mike Weir, who has seven Tour wins, including the Masters, will fill a similar role for the International team. But the leadership and recent play of Woods, Mickelson and Stricker make the Americans the pick.