Presidents Cup: USA seal glory with a 19-11 victory over the Internationals

USA 19 – 11 International

Sunday’s singles

  • Kevin Chappell tied with Marc Leishman
  • Charley Hoffman lost to Jason Day 2 & 1
  • Justin Thomas lost to Hideki Matsuyama 3 & 1
  • Daniel Berger bt Si Woo Kim 2 & 1
  • Matt Kuchar lost to Charl Schwartzel 1 down
  • Patrick Reed lost to Louis Oosthuizen 1 down
  • Brooks Koepka lost to Adam Scott 3 & 2
  • Dustin Johnson tied with Branden Grace
  • Jordan Spieth Lost to Jhonattan Vegas 2 & 1
  • Kevin Kisner Tied to Anirban Lahiri
  • Phil Mickelson bt Adam Hadwin 2 & 1
  • Rickie Fowler bt Emiliano Grillo 6 & 4

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Sunday’s review

The United States retained the Presidents Cup as the International team’s valiant final-day singles performance proved to be in vain.

The 19-11 success was a respectable scoreline for the visitors who had trailed by 11 points following Saturday’s play and Daniel Berger was the player to secure victory on Sunday with a 2&1 success over Si Woo Kim at Liberty National GC.

With the US President Donald Trump watching on in New Jersey ahead of presenting the trophy, Steve Stricker’s side claimed their 10th victory from the 12 editions of the tournament but Nick Price’s International outfit showed some resolve to win the final day’s session.

The opening singles match of the day ended in a half between rookie Kevin Chappell and Marc Leishman despite the American always holding a lead on the front nine, while there were victories for Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama over Charley Hoffman and Justin Thomas respectively.

Day secured a 2&1 victory over the 40-year-old American rookie while the Japanese world No 3 produced some impressive golf after a challenging week to defeat the FedEX Cup champion 3&1.

Jhonattan Vegas earned a hard fought and impressive 2&1 win over three-time major winner Jordan Spieth to consign this year’s The Open winner to a first loss of the week and Branden Grace claimed a half point against the world No 1 Dustin Johnson after a concession by the American at the 18th.

Adam Scott secured a 3&2 success over US Open champion Brooks Koepka while the South African duo Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen were 1up winners over Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed respectively.

Rickie Fowler eased to a 6&4 victory over Argentine Emiliano Grillo in a match which saw the 28-year-old American lose only a solitary hole.

The final two matches on the course saw Anirban claim a half point against Kevin Kisner after the Indian won the final two holes with Phil Mickelson, playing in his 23rd consecutive team USA event, bringing the week’s action to a close after earning a 2&1 victory over Canadian rookie Adam Hadwin.

The next staging of the event will take place in 2019 at Royal Melbourne in Australia, site of the only International victory in 1998.

Saturday afternoon fourballs

  • Spieth & Reed beat Oosthuizen & Day 2 & 1
  • Berger & Thomas beat Vegas & Matsuyama 3 & 2
  • Chappell & Hoffman lost to Lahiri & Woo Kim 1 up
  • Koepka & Johnson beat Leishman & Grace 3 & 2

Saturday morning foursomes

  • Spieth & Reed beat Leishman & Day 4 & 3
  • Kuchar & Johnson beat Hadwin & Scott 4 & 3
  • Kisner & Mickelson beat Grillo & Vegas 2 & 1
  • Fowler & Thomas tied with Grace & Oosthuizen

Saturday’s review

The USA fired an early warning shot to Europe ahead of next year’s Ryder Cup as they came within a whisker of winning the Presidents Cup with a day to spare at Liberty National.

Holding a commanding 8-2 lead overnight, the Americans took three-and-a-half points in the morning foursomes and were on course to whitewash the afternoon fourballs until Anirban Lahiri produced two late birdies as he and Si Woo Kim won one up against Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman to reduce the deficit to 14 1/2 – 3 1/2.

A seventh consecutive US victory over the International side will be confirmed with their first point of the Sunday singles.

The USA are priced up at 4/11 with Sky Bet to come out on top in the singles while the Internationals are 3/1, with a 6-6 tie rated a 15/2 chance.

Nick Price’s International side continued to struggle in New Jersey as only South African pair Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace prevented a clean sweep of the morning session, taking a half from Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.

That left the door ajar for the possibility of a first Saturday win in the tournament’s history but Lahiri’s late efforts kept the contest alive, theoretically at least, going into Sunday.

The only minor blemish for Steve Stricker’s US side came when Jordan Spieth picked up Oosthuizen’s moving ball on the 12th and the Americans were disqualified from the hole.

Australian Jason Day drove to just off the front of the green and pitched to tap-in range, with Spieth and Reed conceding his birdie putt.

Spieth and Reed both had birdie putts to come when Oosthuizen hit his eagle attempt, but as the ball passed the hole it began rolling down a hill to jeers from the home fans, prompting Spieth – knowing the Internationals were already in for their three – to pick it up while it was still moving.

The official with the match promptly disqualified the Americans from the hole, despite Day and Oosthuizen arguing against the decision, to leave the International pair one up.

However, Spieth and Reed combined for three birdies in a row from the 15th to claim a 2 and 1 success.

Daniel Berger and Thomas overcame Jhonattan Vegas and Hideki Matsuyama 3 and 2 and Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson were 3 and 2 winners over Grace and Marc Leishman.

Friday fourballs

  • Reed & Spieth tied with Hadwin & Matsuyama
  • Thomas & Fowler beat Grace & Oosthuizen 3&2
  • Kisner & Mickelson beat Leishman & Day 1up
  • Hoffman & Chappell beat Lahiri & Schwartzel 6&5
  • Koepka & Johnson beat Vegas & Scott 3&2

Friday’s review

The USA are on course to win a seventh consecutive Presidents Cup after dominating Friday’s fourballs to move into an 8-2 lead at Liberty National.

Steve Stricker’s side claimed four-and-a-half points out of five on day two in New Jersey to leave Nick Price’s International team staring down the barrel of a 10th defeat from 12 contests since the competition was first held in 1994.

The USA are as short as 1/50 with Sky Bet to lift the trophy. The International team can be backed at 25/1 for a remarkable win and the tie at 15-15 is available at 20/1.

Sky Bet go 4/9 that the USA come out on top in Saturday’s action. A 4-4 tie is available at 6/1 and the International side can be supported at 11/4 in those odds.

American rookies Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell thrashed Anirban Lahiri and Charl Schwartzel 6 and 5 in the fourth game to get an early point on the board.

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka celebrate

Recently-crowned FedEx Cup winner Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler overcame South African pair Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace 3 and 2, but with the three remaining contests close at that stage the International side would have harboured hopes of reducing the deficit.

Instead big-hitting partnership Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka took the 15th and 16th to beat Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Scott 3 and 2 and Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama blew a 2-up lead with four to play as Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth snatched a half in the top game.

Veteran Phil Mickelson then made a 12-foot birdie on the 18th as he and Kevin Kisner came from two down at the turn to win one up against Jason Day and Marc Leishman.

There are four fourball matches on Saturday before the 24 players go head-to-head in 12 singles matches on Sunday, with 15 1/2 points required for victory.

Thursday foursomes

  • Thomas & Fowler beat Schwartzel & Matsuyama 6&4
  • Kuchar & Johnson beat Scott & Vegas 1up
  • Reed & Spieth beat Grillo & Kim 5&4
  • Berger & Koepka lost to Grace & Oosthuizen 3&1
  • Mickelson & Kisner tied with Leishman & Day A/S

Thursday’s review

The United States will take a 3.5-1.5 lead into day two of the Presidents Cup after dominating Thursday’s foursomes.

The first three matches went to the home side at Liberty National in New Jersey, but the International side’s most trusted pairing ensured a whitewash would be avoided by putting blue on the board late on.

FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas made a fine debut in the event as he and Rickie Fowler ran riot against Charl Schwartzel and Hideki Matsuyama.

The latter duo were ahead through two holes thanks to a birdie at the par-five second, but their opponents won five of the next seven to lead four-up at the turn.

A birdie at the 12th hole followed by two pars proved enough for the United States to land the first blow, and they were soon 2-0 in front thanks to Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

Having been paired together in every team event since the 2014 Ryder Cup, the confident Texans were never behind against International rookies Si-Woo Kim and Emiliano Grillo, who made just two birdies in a 5&4 defeat.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth

For a short time it was 3-0 to the USA, as Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar finally shook off Adam Scott and rookie Jhonattan Vegas to win 1up.

The International pair were two up through two holes but lost the match on the par-threes, losing the first three of them before halving the final hole when needing to win it to force a half.

Hope remains for the International side thanks to Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, who secured a hard-fought 2&1 victory over Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka.

The South Africans were unbeaten as a partnership in the 2015 Presidents Cup, where Grace went on to take his singles match to go 5-0-0 for the week, and extended their winning run against their Floridian opponents.

“We’re very comfortable around each other,” Oosthuizen told Sky Sports. “Today was a grind. It was just one of those – keep it in play… fight, fight ’til the end.”

The final match ebbed and flowed, Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner going from three-up to one-down before missing a putt for the match on the 18th green in the only halved game on Thursday afternoon.

“It was back and forth the whole day,” said Day. “It’s not what we wanted, but half a point is better than no points.

“It was a disappointing result, but could’ve been worse,” added Leishman.

Sky Bet cut the United States to 1/7 as they took command, a position they’re familiar with in an event they’ve dominated.

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