US Hangs on for Presidents Cup

Bill Haas, son of US captain Jay Haas won the final hole of the final match to give the Americans a dramatic 15.5-14.5 win over the International Team in the Presidents Cup on Sunday in South Korea, its fourth straight title.

After landing in the bunker on his second shot, Haas used a sand wedge to get within six feet of the cup, slicing in  a birdie from there to win the match 2 up.

Other results from Sunday’s singles included:

Patrick Reed halved Louis Oosthuizen: Oosthuizen trailed the entire match, but made an eagle, the only of the day, on the 18th to grab half a point. His 217-foot second shot on No. 18 got him within 11 feet for a three on the par 5.

Adam Scott def. Rickie Fowler, 6 & 5. Talk about a washout! Scott had a down 2015 and Fowler emerged as one of the top Americans behind Jordan Spieth but you wouldn’t have thought that on Sunday. Scott made three straight birdies to end the front nine with a 3-stroke lead and won the first three holes of the back nine too to make it basically elementary. Scott improved to 13-17-5 in Presidents Cup play.

Dustin Johnson def. Danny Lee, 2 & 1. Lee played from behind the entire way after opening the day with three straight bogeys, but his birdie on No. 11 tied it, and he took a 1-stroke lead with another birdie on No. 14. His momentum was short-lived as he bogeyed 15, 16, and 17 to fall off.

Hideki Matsuyama def. J. B. Holmes 1 up. Matsuyama outdrove one of the biggest gunners on the PGA Tour, then took the match with a birdie on No. 18.

Bubba Watson halved Thongchai Jaidee. Watson’s second-hole par saw him take a 1-stroke lead that lasted until Jaidee finally won No. 17 with a par of his own. Watson shockingly missed a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have won it, again allowing the International Team to stay close.

Steven Bowditch def. Jimmy Walker 2 up. Bowditch saved his best for last ,which wasn’t saying much since he lost all the rest of his points this week, but winning 10, 11, and 12 in a row was enough to take the match.

Phil Mickelson def. Charles Schwartzel 5 & 4. Mickelson might be pushing 40, but you’d never guess it with how impressive he was this week, pushing his overall record to 22-16-12. Mickelson won the first two holes, and his lead was never less than two the rest of the way.

Chris Kirk def. Anirban Lahiri, 1 up. It was set up for another half, which would have tied the entire Presidents Cup at 15 points apiece, but Lahiri lipped out a 4-foot birdie that allowed Kirk to emerge victorious.

Marc Leishman def. Jordan Spieth, 1 up. The victory that really gave the International Team a ray of sunshine,  squaring the match with a 17-foot birdie on No. 14, and hitting a 7-foot birdie on No. 18 to preserve the win.

Zach Johnson def. Jason Day 3 and 2. Johnson was quietly the MVP for the US Team, going 3-0-1 on the week, while Day was winless at 0-4-1. Johnson cruised down the stretch, up by five after the 11th.

 

 

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