Americans defeat Internationals 19-11 at President’s Cup
The International Team finally won a day at the President’s Cup, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep the US from winning the overall title.
First-time competitor Daniel Berger delivered the winning points when he defeated Si Woo Kim 2 & 1 in the fourth match of the day. Earlier, the US had picked up half a point when Kevin Chappell tied Marc Leishman.
The US piled up 19 points to the International team’s 11.
“What a feeling,” Berger said after closing out Kim 2 and 1 for the full point. “I’m speechless right now. It’s pretty cool just to be part of the team and obviously to win it for us is amazing. It was a team effort. It didn’t come down to just me.”
The US improved to 10-1-1 in the competition.
Here’s a recap of Sunday’s matches.
Marc Leishman vs. Kevin Chappell, halved: The split point got the US to 14 for the competition, needing just one more for the win. Chappell was ahead early thanks to an eagle, but Leishman had the lead through 16. His bogey on 17 resulted in the split.
Jason Day def. Charley Hoffman, 2 &1: Day had lost nine straight Presidents Cup matches before taking this one. He won the the first three holes on the back nine to take command.
Hideki Matsuyama def. Justin Thomas, 3 &1: You dont get any hotter than these two, but Matsuyama was unbeatable, with eight birdies and an eagle in the first 12 holes. All that and he was barely ahead as Thomas had seven birdies over the same time frame.
Daniel Berger def. Si Woo Kim, 2 & 1: This clinched the win for the US. The two showed considerable flair between holes 8 and 12 as they combined for seven birdies in eight chances.
Charl Schwartzel def. Matt Kuchar, 1 up: Once the title was won, the US team relaxed on the course and it showed as the International team won four of the next six singles, and halved the other two. Schwartzel was ahead from the second hole on, and was up by five after seven holes.
Louis Oosthuizen def. Patrick Reed, 1 up: Reed was ahead three times, including after 16, but Oosthuizen birdied from 14 yards out on 17 and won it with a 12-footer on 18.
Branden Grace vs. Dustin Johnson, halved: Johnson had four wins leading up thee match and was ahead on 13 of 16 holes. His 4.5 points led all players in the tournament.
Adam Scott def. Brooks Koepka, 3&2: It was Scott’s first point of the week, although he needed a rally to make it happen, taking four straight holes on the back nine.
Jhonattan Vegas de. Jordan Spieth 2 & 1: We’ve finally found something Spieth isn’t good at; he’s 0-3-0 in singles at the President’s Cup. He was up through five, but Vegas won there of the next four holes.
Anirban Lahiri vs. Kevin Kisner halved: Lahiri was the last pick for the International team but played great all weekend.
Phil Mickleson def. Adam Hadwin 2 &1: It was Mickelson’s 100th match in international competition and his 26th Presidents Cup win, a record. He was behind after a hole, then won four in a row and never trailed again.
Rickie Fowler def. Emiliano Grillo, 6 & 4: The last match of the day represented the weekend as a whole – an American blowout. Fowler had six birdies and never trailed.