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How Adam Hadwin, Hideki Matsuyama compare to Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed

Oh boy.

Canada’s Adam Hadwin will have his hands full when he makes his debut for the International Team at the Presidents Cup today. One of his opponents is a kid by the name of Jordan Spieth.

The 29-year-old Hadwin is paired with world No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama for the four-ball competition, but they’re up against quite the Team USA duo, in Spieth and Patrick Reed, who starred for the Americans at the Ryder Cup.

They’ll open the day’s four-ball play at 11:35 a.m. ET.

Spieth, a three-time major champion, and Reed, a seven-time winner on Tour, easily downed Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim to open the Presidents Cup on Thursday.

The United States leads 3.5 to 1.5 after the first round of play, so Hadwin and his internationals are looking to make up some ground.

On paper, here’s how the Hadwin and Matsuyama stack up against Reed and Spieth:

Average driving distance this season

Spieth: 295.6
Reed: 295.6

Matsuyama: 303.3
Hadwin: 291.3

Edge: Internationals

Strokes gained putting this season

Spieth: 21.724
Reed: 42.917

Matsuyama: -22.572
Hadwin: 35.248

Edge: Americans

Greens in regulation this season

Spieth: 70.01%
Reed: 62.17%

Matsuyama: 69.01%
Hadwin: 65.08%

Edge: Internationals

Major championships won

Spieth: 3
Reed: 0

Matsuyama: 0
Hadwin: 0

Edge: Americans (Spieth)

World Ranking

Spieth: 2
Reed: 20

Matsuyama: 3
Hadwin: 47

Edge: Americans

Career earnings on Tour

Spieth: $35 million
Reed: $18.6 million

Matsuyama: $19.8 million
Hadwin: $5.9 million

Edge: Americans

Career wins on Tour

Spieth: 11
Reed: 5

Matsuyama: 5 (plus 8 internationally)
Hadwin: 1

Edge: Americans

Top 10 finishes this season on Tour

Spieth: 12
Reed: 4

Matsuyama: 7
Hadwin: 5

Edge: Americans

So, the overall edge is heavily in favour of the Americans.

But that’s just on paper.

Remember, big upsets have happened at the Presidents Cup before. Who could forget when Mike Weir downed Tiger Woods at this tournament — at home, in Montreal, no less — back in 2007, in one of the greatest Sunday singles matches of all time.

Also, there are some things you can’t quantify, like Hadwin’s competitiveness. As he told Sportsnet, earlier this year: “I hate to lose more than I like to win.”

That mentality could come in handy today.