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Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces lengthy suspension, plus Presidents Cup picks and predictions

Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces lengthy suspension, plus Presidents Cup picks and predictions

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The Presidents Cup begins today, and I could not be more excited for team golf to be back on my TV. It’s been a dramatic year for the sport and the Presidents Cup, which pits the United States against the rest of the world not including Europe, is no exception.

Much like the last several months, who’s not there will be a major talking point because no LIV Golf members are allowed. That means big names such as Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Joaquin Niemann and Brooks Koepka won’t be taking part.

As for who is there, our golf expert Kyle Porter ranked all 24 players at Quail Hollow, and — without giving away too much — the U.S. has a near-sweep of the top 10. As a result, Kyle writes, this one might not be close at all as the U.S. goes for its ninth straight victory.

  • Porter:Every player on the American side is ranked higher in the Official World Golf Rankings than all but three golfers on the International team. … Of course, one doesn’t win championships on paper, but this U.S. team is experienced enough to snuff hope out if it even begins to bubble in the locker room across from theirs. Only Sam Burns, Billy Horschel, Cameron Young and Max Homa are new on the U.S. side, and they have combined to win six PGA Tour events since last year’s Ryder Cup.”

Fellow golf guru Patrick McDonald has even gone as far as to say this could be one of the best President Cup squads ever assembled. If the U.S. wants to live up to those expectations, it has to start today in the foursomes. Here are the matchups:

  • Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele vs. Adam Scott & Hideki Matsuyama
  • Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas vs. Corey Conners…

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