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If the highest World-ranked team is going to win the 2011 Presidents Cup, the USA is the team that will do it.

If the highest World-ranked team is going to win the 2011 Presidents Cup, the USA is the team that will do it.

The total rankings count of the 12 Americans in Fred Couples’s team is 222 (average 18.5) as against the 416 (average 34.6) of the dozen Internationals led by Australian Greg Norman.

With the Europeans, who are not eligible for the rest-of-the-World Internationals team, hogging the four top places on the latest World Rankings list, American Steve Stricker at No 5 is the highest ranked player in this week’s contest with Dustin Johnson at No 6, Webb Simpson at No 9,Matt Kuchar at No 10 and Nick Watney at No 11 being the Americans closest to him

Europe’s highest ranked players at Royal Melbourne will be the Australians, Adam Scott at No 7, Jason Day at No 8, South Africa’s Masters champion Charl Schwartzel at No 13 and Korea’s KJ Choi at No 15.

At the other end of the scale Tiger Woods at No 50 and Jim Furyk at No 41 are the lowest ranked players in the US team with Ernie Els at No 52 and Robert Allenby at No 69, the Internationals most lowly ranked players

But here are all World rankings for the 12 members of each of the US and International Presidents Cup teams who will do battle at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club from November 17-20 (prefix number denotes ranking):

United States

5-Steve Stricker
6-Dustin Johnson
9-Webb Simpson
10-Matt Kuchar
11-Nick Watney
12-Phil Mickelson
17-Bubba Watson
19-Hunter Mahan
20-David Toms
22-Bill Haas
41-Jim Furyk
50-Tiger Woods

Internationals

7-Adam Scott
8-Jason Day
13-Charl Schwartzel
15-KJ Choi
24-Kim Kyung-tae
38-Geoff Ogilvy
43-YE Yang
47-Aaron Baddeley
49-Ryo Ishikawa
51-Retief Goosen
52-Ernie Els
69-Robert Allenby

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