Deputy Editor, GOLF.com
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.