JERSEY CITY: The United States clinched their 10th Presidents Cup on Sunday (Oct 1), polishing off a punishing victory over the International team.
The win was in the bag when Daniel Berger went 3 up with three to play against South Korean Kim Si-Woo – assuring himself of at least half a point to go with the half-point gained by Kevin Chappell with a halved match against Marc Leishman.
Three dominant days against the Internationals had sent the Americans into Sunday’s 12 singles matches needing only one point to win.
By the time Berger wrapped up his 2 & 1 victory over Kim, victories for Aussie Jason Day and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama were irrelevant and it was certain that US President Donald Trump would be presenting the trophy to the home side on Sunday evening.
Trump arrived at Liberty National Golf Club – some 30 miles from his home at his Trump National Bedminster resort – just in time to see the Americans win.
“This is a juggernaut of a US team,” International captain Nick Price said. “We kept losing holes to birdies. It wasn’t like we were making bogeys and double-bogeys.”
For Price’s players, who won just two matches over the first three days, all that was left was to try to prevent the Americans from becoming the first team to win every session.