It won’t quite be Alabama’s top-ranked football team playing Akron on home turf, but the United States is an overwhelming favorite to defeat the international team for the ninth straight time in the Cup. Presidents in two weeks.

USA team captain Davis Love III completed his remaining spots on Wednesday with six of the top 26 players on the Official World Golf Ranking: Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel, Cameron Young, Max Homa and Kevin Kisner.

They will join world No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Sam Burns and Tony Finau on Team USA.

It will be the youngest American team in Presidents Cup history, with an average age of 29.6. The Presidents Cup is scheduled for September 22-25 at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Although a stacked American team will be the favorite, Love said they will have to play well under pressure.

“It’s always going to be that stadium, that first tee, American flags and ‘Go USA,'” Love said. “It’s their 12-man team that’s never played together before. They want to win for this team. I don’t think we’re going to have to do too much messaging or motivation. Certainly you don’t want to be on ever one losing team.”

The highest-ranked players in the international team are Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and South Korea’s Sungjae Im, 16th and 18th respectively. Two of the international team’s expected stars, Australia’s Cameron Smith and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, are ineligible for the squad after defecting to the LIV Golf circuit.

“We understand exactly the mountain we have in front of us: possibly the best American team ever if you look at them on paper with their accomplishments and what their world ranking is,” international team captain Trevor Immelman said Tuesday. .

The US team’s average world ranking is 11.8; that of the international team is 48.8. Team USA includes five of the top 10 players in the world and 11 of the top 20. The international team has no players in the top 10 and two in the top 20.

“Trevor is going to have a team that’s got a chip on its shoulder, that’s driven and wants to prove they can still be competitive,” Love said. “We have to be careful. Definitely, these guys are not going to fall asleep.”

Love essentially followed script by making his captain’s selections, after losing Will Zalatoris, who was seventh in the Presidents Cup standings, to a back injury that saw him miss the Tour Championship at the end of the season. season. Spieth, Morikawa, Homa, Horschel and Young finished eighth through 12th in the standings, and Kisner, a veteran and match play specialist, finished 15th.

Tom Hoge and JT Poston were just ahead of Kisner in the Presidents Cup standings, but were not selected for the team.

Kisner, 38, won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in 2019 and was a runner-up in 2018 and this season when he lost to Scheffler in the final. Kisner went 2-0-2 and had three points in his only previous Presidents Cup appearance, at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey in 2017. He is considered one of the best putters in the world and has finished seventh at the 2017 PGA Championship. held at Quail Hollow.

Scheffler, Morikawa, Burns, Horschel, Young and Homa are Presidents Cup debutants. Scheffler and Morikawa were part of the USA team that beat Europe 19-9 in the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

While the United States has traditionally struggled in the Ryder Cup, they have won 11 of the past 13 Presidents Cups, losing only once, 20 ½-11 ½ in Melbourne, Australia, in 1998. The teams drew 17-17 in George, South Africa, in 2003.

Behind captain Tiger Woods, Team USA won 16-14 in Melbourne in the last Presidents Cup in 2019.

“What we do better at the Presidents Cup than the Ryder Cup is we don’t have that fear of losing or that doubt in our head,” Love said. “We’re going there with a lot of confidence and we have to keep that momentum going. It was a bit closer than we liked last time in Australia.”