The U.S. Team has again triumphed over the Internationals at the 2017 Presidents Cup. Played at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey USA, the International Team had history, home ground advantage and a US Team littered with Top 30 World ranked players stacked against their bid to win the title for just a second time. In eleven attempts the International had succeeded just once - at Royal Melbourne in 1998 (the venue for the 2019 event).
On Day one just five points were up for grabs in the Foursomes team format, and the US got off to a flyer winning three matches and halving one. Australia’s Leishman and Day looked over the line but allowed Phil Mickleson and Kevin Kisner to win the last two holes (after being two down with two to play) to square the match. The International’s only win came compliments of South African pairing Branden Grace and Loius Oosthuizen.
Scores US 3.5 v INT 1.5
Day two was Friday Four-ball. Teams were similar to day one and there was another five points up for grabs. The US took control winning four matches and halving one and things looked ominous for the International Team. Leishman and Day again lost (1 down) and Adam Scott (Australia’s third representative) paired with Jhonattan Vegas losing 3&2 to Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.
Scores US 8 v INT 2
Saturday saw two sessions. Saturday morning with four matches of Foursomes and Saturday afternoon four matches or Four-Ball and again the US dominated – only losing one match and halving another. By Saturday evening the Presidents Cup was all but over.
Scores US 14.5 v INT 3.5
On Sunday 12 points were up for grabs in 12 singles matches, however the Internationals needed to win them all to take the Cup. While showing some fight and spirit winning six of the twelve points and sharing another three, the final standings was a very lopsided victory to the US Team.
Australian’s Day and Scott won their final day single matches, while Leishman finished his most successful US Tour year ever halving his match with Kevin Chappell.
FINAL SCORES US 19 v INT 11