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TEAM U.S.A. win the Presidents Cup again in tight contest

Dec 16, 2019

The 2019 Presidents Cup is done and dusted and again Team USA defeated the Internationals in a close and tense battle.

After the first round of Four-ball the Internationals led 4-1 and an upset looked on the cards. Going into the final round The International Team were 2 points ahead but led by their Captain Tiger Woods the USA hit the final day singles matches like a giant tide that wasn’t able to be held back. Leading into the event, betting agencies and online casinos had Team USA clear favourites and going into the final day it looked as though they may have got it wrong. However Team USA won eight singles matches – their best single match result at the Presidents Cup since 1994 – and this was enough to give them a 16-14 victory.

In the tight contest it was Matt Kuchar’s 5’5” birdie putt on the par-4 17th hole to go 1-up over Louis Oosthuizen that clinched the Presidents Cup for the United States; his eventual tie officially provided the winning half point. The U.S. Team becomes the first team to come from behind to win the Presidents Cup after trailing heading into Sunday Singles and along the way U.S. Captain Tiger Woods surpassed Phil Mickelson for the most victories in Presidents Cup history (27).

Top point scorers for respective teams with 3.5 points each were Justin Thomas (U.S.), Sungjae Im (INT) and Abraham Ancer (INT).

A full wrap of all the matches throughout the 4 days can be seen below.

Captain Woods appeared to have his pairings set, whilst Captain Els took plenty of time to respond. Much has been written of his analytical approach. Unlike victorious International Captain Peter Thomson in 1998 who downplayed any potential role that a “partisan’ crowd may have played, Ernie (and Cameron Smith) clearly encouraged the spectators to demonstrate their support.

Apart from the victorious USA Team, with a global TV audience of 1.7 billion people, the clear winner this week was Royal Melbourne, The Sand Belt, and golf in Victoria and Australia. Tiger Woods:

“It's a dream to be able to play (Royal Melbourne). It's how a golf course should be set up. It should be set up this way – hard, fast, difficult, but extremely fair, and that's what the Aussie Sandbelt golf courses have historically done.

"I think what Royal Melbourne has displayed this entire week is beyond a dream. This is how I think golf should be played. You don’t have to have a par 3 240 yards for it to be difficult. That 5th hole is all you want in a par 3. And all the shots, the guys have from our side and from their side, have thoroughly enjoyed the course set up and how it's played. We wish there were more events on venues like this.”

The Media Centre was also abuzz with lavish praise for courses that International journalists had played – VICTORIA, COMMONWEALTH, METROPOLITAN, PENINSULA-KINGSWOOD, and KINGSTON HEATH where Global Partner Rolex (https://www.rolex.com) hosted the Media to an unforgettable experience.
(Pictured below - Media assembled for The Rolex Media Day held at Kingston Heath on the Friday morning of Presidents Cup week)


Final Round (Sunday) – Singles – United States 8, International 4

Match 19 – Tiger Woods (U.S.) def. Abraham Ancer (INT), 3 and 2

Match 20 – Hideki Matsuyama (INT) vs. Tony Finau (U.S.), tied

Match 21 – Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. C.T. Pan (INT), 4 and 2

Match 22 – Dustin Johnson (U.S.) def. Haotong Li (INT), 4 and 3

Match 23 – Adam Hadwin (INT) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (U.S.), tied

Match 24 – Sungjae Im (INT) def. Gary Woodland (U.S.), 4 and 3

Match 25 – Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) def. Joaquin Niemann (INT), 3 and 2

Match 26 – Xander Schauffele (U.S.) def. Adam Scott (INT), 2 and 1

Match 27 – Webb Simpson (U.S.) def. Byeong Hun An (INT), 2 and 1

Match 28 – Cameron Smith (INT) def. Justin Thomas (U.S.), 2 and 1

Match 29 – Louis Oosthuizen (INT) vs. Matt Kuchar (U.S.), tied

Match 30 – Marc Leishman (INT) vs. Rickie Fowler (U.S.), tied

Fourth Round (Saturday Afternoon) – Foursomes – United States 3, International 1

Match 15 – Dustin Johnson/Gary Woodland (U.S.) def. Louis Oosthuizen/Adam Scott (INT), 2 and 1

Match 16 – Marc Leishman/Abraham Ancer (INT) vs. Justin Thomas/Rickie Fowler (U.S.), tied

Match 17 – Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) def. Cameron Smith/Sungjae Im (INT), 2 and 1

Match 18 – Byeong Hun An/Joaquin Niemann (INT) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tony Finau (U.S.), tied

Third Round (Saturday Morning) – Four-Ball – International 2.5, United States 1.5

Match 11 – Justin Thomas/Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Marc Leishman/Haotong Li (INT), 3 and 2

Match 12 – Sungjae Im/Abraham Ancer (INT) def. Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (U.S.), 3 and 2

Match 13 – Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan (INT) def. Patrick Reed/Webb Simpson (U.S.), 5 and 3

Match 14 – Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An (INT) vs. Matt Kuchar/Tony Finau (U.S.), tied

Second Round (Friday) – Foursomes – International 2.5, United States 2.5

Match 6 – Louis Oosthuizen/Adam Scott (INT) def. Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 3 and 2

Match 7 – Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) def. Adam Hadwin/Joaquin Niemann (INT), 1-up

Match 8 – Marc Leishman/Abraham Ancer (INT) def. Webb Simpson/Patrick Reed (U.S.), 3 and 2

Match 9 – Justin Thomas/Tiger Woods (U.S.) def. Byeong Hun An/Hideki Matsuyama (INT), 1-up

Match 10 – Sungjae Im/Cameron Smith (INT) vs. Gary Woodland/Rickie Fowler (U.S.), tied

First Round (Thursday) – Four-Ball – International 4, United States 1

Match 1 – Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas (U.S.) def. Marc Leishman/Joaquin Niemann (INT), 4 and 3

Match 2 – Adam Hadwin/Sungjae Im (INT) def. Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay (U.S.), 1-up

Match 3 – Adam Scott/Byeong Hun An (INT) def. Bryson DeChambeau/Tony Finau (U.S.), 2 and 1

Match 4 – Hideki Matsuyama/C.T. Pan (INT) def. Webb Simpson/Patrick Reed (U.S.), 1-up

Match 5 – Abraham Ancer/Louis Oosthuizen (INT) def. Dustin Johnson/Gary Woodland (U.S.), 4 and 3

Final Round Match-by-Match Recaps

Match 19 – Tiger Woods (U.S.) def. Abraham Ancer (INT), 3 and 2

U.S. Captain Tiger Woods never trailed in his match against Abraham Ancer, winning 3 and 2. After tying the first hole, the players alternated hole victories through seven holes, with Woods winning Nos. 2, 4 and 6 and Ancer capturing Nos. 3, 5 and 7. Birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 gave Woods a 2-up lead and he was never seriously threatened in the remainder of the match.

Woods (3-0-0) goes undefeated in the Presidents Cup for the second time (5-0; 2009).

Woods (27-15-1) moved out of a tie with Phil Mickelson (26-16-13) for most matches won in Presidents Cup history.

Most matches played in tournament history: Phil Mickelson (55), Adam Scott (44), Tiger Woods (43).

Abraham Ancer and Sungjae Im led the International Team with 3.5 points each this week.

Ancer’s Presidents Cup record: 3-1-1

Ancer’s 2019 record: 3-1-1

Ancer’s Singles record: 0-1-0

Woods’ Presidents Cup record: 27-15-1

Woods’ 2019 record: 3-0-0

Woods’ Singles record: 7-2-0

Match 20 – Hideki Matsuyama (INT) vs. Tony Finau (U.S.), tied

Led by four birdies on the front side, Hideki Matsuyama built a 4-up lead at the turn before four straight hole victories (Nos. 11-14) by Tony Finau tied their match with four holes to play. Matsuyama grabbed a 1-up lead with a birdie on the par-4 16th hole but then suffered a costly 3-putt bogey on the 17th hole that tied the match. Both players parred the final hole for the tie.

Matsuyama’s Presidents Cup record: 6-7-4

Matsuyama’s 2019 record: 2-1-1

Matsuyama’s Singles record: 2-1-1

Finau’s Presidents Cup record: 0-1-3

Finau’s 2019 record: 0-1-3

Finau’s Singles record: 0-0-1

Match 21 – Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. C.T. Pan (INT), 4 and 2

Patrick Reed built a commanding 6-up lead through seven holes over C.T Pan en route to a 4 and 2 victory. It represented Reed’s first victory and Pan’s first loss of the week.

Reed jumped out to a huge lead with birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and a hole-winning par on the fourth hole. Pan fought back by winning Nos. 8, 9, 10 and 13, but never got closer than 2-down.

Pan’s Presidents Cup record: 2-1-0

Pan’s 2019 record: 2-1-0

Pan’s Singles record: 0-1-0

Reed’s Presidents Cup record: 5-6-2

Reed’s 2019 record: 1-3-0

Reed’s Singles record: 1-1-1

Match 22 – Dustin Johnson (U.S.) def. Haotong Li (INT), 4 and 3

Dustin Johnson defeated Presidents Cup rookie Haotong Li, 4 and 3. Johnson built a commanding 5-up lead through 11 holes with hole victories on Nos. 3, 4, 5, 7 and 11. Li managed victories on Nos. 12 and 14, but was closed out on the par-5 15th hole with a birdie by Johnson.

Li’s Presidents Cup record: 0-2-0

Li’s 2019 record: 0-2-0

Li’s Singles record: 0-1-0

Johnson’s Presidents Cup record: 10-6-2

Johnson’s 2019 record: 2-2-0

Johnson’s Singles record: 2-1-1

Match 23 – Adam Hadwin (INT) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (U.S.), tied

Bryson DeChambeau built a 2-up lead through five holes over Adam Hadwin before hole victories by the Canadian on Nos. 6 and 9 tied the match heading to the back nine. After matching pars on the next six holes, DeChambeau grabbed a 1-up lead with a birdie on the par-4 16th hole, followed by Hadwin tying the match with a par-4 on the 17th hole. Both players parred the closing hole for the tie.

Hadwin’s Presidents Cup record: 1-3-2

Hadwin’s 2019 record: 1-1-1

Hadwin’s Singles record: 0-1-1

DeChambeau’s Presidents Cup record: 0-1-1

DeChambeau’s 2019 record: 0-1-1

DeChambeau’s Singles record: 0-0-1

Match 24 – Sungjae Im (INT) def. Gary Woodland (U.S.), 4 and 3

Sungjae Im picked up the International Team’s first full point of the day, defeating Gary Woodland, 4 and 3. The match was close throughout the first 12 holes, with neither player holding more than a 1-up lead. Im closed out the match with victories on Nos. 13, 14 and 15 (birdie-par-birdie), winning 4 and 3.

Sungjae Im and Abraham Ancer led the International Team with 3.5 points each this week.

Im’s Presidents Cup record: 3-1-1

Im’s 2019 record: 3-1-1

Im’s Singles record: 1-0-0

Woodland’s Presidents Cup record: 1-2-1

Woodland’s 2019 record: 1-2-1

Woodland’s Singles record: 0-1-0

Match 25 – Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) def. Joaquin Niemann (INT), 3 and 2

With Joaquin Niemann holding a 1-up lead over Patrick Cantlay through 10 holes, Cantlay birdied three consecutive holes on Nos. 11-13 to move to a 2-up lead with five to play. After matching pars on the 14th hole, Cantlay birdied the par-5 15th for a 3-up lead. He’d go on to close the match with a 3-and-2 victory after matching pars on the 16th hole.

Niemann’s Presidents Cup record: 0-3-1

Niemann’s 2019 record: 0-3-1

Niemann’s Singles record: 0-1-0

Cantlay’s Presidents Cup record: 3-2-0

Cantlay’s 2019 record: 3-2-0

Cantlay’s Singles record: 1-0-0

Match 26 – Xander Schauffele (U.S.) def. Adam Scott (INT), 2 and 1

Xander Schauffele built a 4-up lead through nine holes before Adam Scott picked up his first hole victory of the day, making birdie on the par-4 10th hole. Schauffele answered quickly with a birdie on the par-4 11th hole to lead 4-up. Despite winning Nos. 15 and 16 (including an eagle from 25’4” on the 15th), matching pars on the par-4 17th ended the match, with Schauffele winning 2 and 1.

Most matches played in tournament history: Phil Mickelson (55), Adam Scott (44), Tiger Woods (43).

Scott’s Presidents Cup record: 16-22-6

Scott’s 2019 record: 2-2-1

Scott’s Singles record: 5-4-1

Schauffele’s Presidents Cup record: 3-2-0

Schauffele’s 2019 record: 3-2-0

Schauffele’s Singles record: 1-0-0

Match 27 – Webb Simpson (U.S.) def. Byeong Hun An (INT), 2 and 1

Webb Simpson defeated Byeong Hun An, 2 and 1, to provide the 15th point of the week for the U.S. Team, guaranteeing at least a share of the Presidents Cup. Leading 3-up through 13 holes, Simpson survived pars by An on Nos. 14 and 16 to secure a 2-and-1 victory.

An’s Presidents Cup record: 1-2-2

An’s 2019 record: 1-2-2

An’s Singles record: 0-1-0

Simpson’s Presidents Cup record: 6-6-2

Simpson’s 2019 record: 1-3-0

Simpson’s Singles record: 1-1-1

Match 28 – Cameron Smith (INT) def. Justin Thomas (U.S.), 2 and 1

Cameron Smith survived a hot start by Justin Thomas, who sat 3-up through four holes, to win 2 and 1. Hole victories on Nos. 6, 9, 10 and 11 flipped the match to a 1-up lead for Smith. He’d add wins on Nos. 14 and 17 to secure the 2 and 1 victory.

Thomas led the U.S. Team with 3.5 points this week.

Smith’s Presidents Cup record: 1-1-1

Smith’s 2019 record: 1-1-1

Smith’s Singles record: 1-0-0

Thomas’ Presidents Cup record: 6-2-2

Thomas’ 2019 record: 3-1-1

Thomas’ Singles record: 0-2-0

Match 29 – Louis Oosthuizen (INT) vs. Matt Kuchar (U.S.), tied

Matt Kuchar birdied the par-4 17th hole from 5’5” to go 1-up on Louis Oosthuizen, clinching the Presidents Cup for the U.S. Team. The match would end up tied after a winning par by Oosthuizen on the final hole.

Oosthuizen’s Presidents Cup record: 9-6-4

Oosthuizen’s 2019 record: 2-1-1

Oosthuizen’s Singles record: 1-0-3

Kuchar’s Presidents Cup record: 6-9-5

Kuchar’s 2019 record: 0-1-3

Kuchar’s Singles record: 0-4-1

Match 30 – Marc Leishman (INT) vs. Rickie Fowler (U.S.), tied

In the final match of the day, Rickie Fowler and Australian Marc Leishman played to a tie. Leishman led 1-up through 14 holes before birdies by Fowler on Nos. 15 and 17 led to a 1-up lead heading to the final hole. Leishman won the final hole with a par, leading to the tie.

Leishman’s Presidents Cup record: 4-9-5

Leishman’s 2019 record: 1-2-2

Leishman’s Singles record: 2-0-2

Fowler’s Presidents Cup record: 5-3-4

Fowler’s 2019 record: 1-0-3

Fowler’s Singles record: 1-1-1