MELBOURNE, Australia – Having already won The Presidents Cup 13 years ago at Royal Melbourne, and with a team consisting of five Australians and players in good form and familiar with the course, the International team has been pegged by many as the favorite this week.
But Aaron Baddeley, one of those five Australians, thinks it just the opposite. After all, that win here in 1998 remains the only International win in this event.
“If you look at the records, USA have pretty much dominated The Presidents Cup and I think we definitely come in here as underdogs, even though we feel we have a bit of an advantage with the golf course,” Baddeley said Wednesday.
“Obviously you've got five Aussies and it helps, but I still think we are underdogs.”
Baddeley will be paired with fellow Aussie Jason Day in Match 3 for Thursday’s foursomes. They’ll take on the American pair of Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson.
Baddeley and Day are the only two Aussies playing together on Thursday.
“We are both going to be nervous,” Baddeley said. “We are both going to be excited to get out there and we both want to do well.
“I think it will be good. Even though we are both young, we both have played in big events and know how to handle those and use them in a positive way.”