US Wins Presidents Cup Again

Adam Xiao, National/School Sports Section Editor

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Sunday at the Presidents Cup was just a mere formality in this biennial exhibition match between the 12 best American players and 12 best international players (non-Europeans). It was not a matter of if the US would win, but when. The US squad took the largest-ever lead into a Sunday singles session in Presidents Cup history (14.5 points to 3.5 points).

The US needed just one of the 12 points available on Sunday to clinch the cup. A half point produced by Kevin Chappell in the first match got the US team very close, and then Daniel Berger getting Si Woo Kim dormie with two holes left to play made it official. Berger would win the match one hole later to push the US’s point total to 16 and make the remaining matches nothing but a formality. And to be quite honest, the entire day was a formality. The US set goals to win the session and set an all-time points mark, both of which they failed to meet as the Internationals made it slightly more respectable with a Sunday push.

The International team, though, was already at a disadvantage considering the fact that the Americans put forth one of their strongest teams in history. The Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth duo seems as unstoppable and steady as ever. Now they are joined by the likes of U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, Player of the Year Justin Thomas, and former rookie of the year Daniel Berger. Throw in Rickie Fowler and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, and you’re looking at a stacked group of players who should comprise these rosters for probably around another decade, at least.

It will be exciting to watch the 2018 Ryder Cup to see if the United States can still be this dominant against their stronger foe, the Europeans.

Here are the results from this year’s Presidents Cup:

USA Wins cup 19 to 11 (Courtesy of SB Nation)

Session 5 — 12 singles matches, Intl wins session 7.5 to 4.5

  • INTL Marc Leishman vs. USA Kevin Chappell, Halved
  • INTL Jason Day vs. USA Charley Hoffman, INTL wins, 2&1
  • INTL Hideki Matsuyama vs. USA Justin Thomas, INTL wins, 3&1
  • INTL Si Woo Kim vs. USA Daniel Berger, USA wins, 2&1
  • INTL Charl Schwartzel vs. USA Matt Kuchar, USA wins, 1 up
  • INTL Louis Oosthuizen vs. USA Patrick Reed, INTL wins, 1 up
  • INTL Branden Grace vs. USA Dustin Johnson, Halved
  • INTL Adam Scott vs. USA Brooks Koepka, INTL wins, 3&2
  • INTL Jhonattan Vegas vs. USA Jordan Spieth, INTL wins, 2&1
  • INTL Anirban Lahiri vs. USA Kevin Kisner, Halved
  • INTL Adam Hadwin vs. USA Phil Mickelson, USA wins, 2&1
  • INTL Emiliano Grillo vs. USA Rickie Fowler, USA wins, 6&4

Session 4 — Four four-ball matches, USA wins 3 to 1, leads 14.5-3.5 overall

  • INTL Louis Oosthuizen/Jason Day vs. USA Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed, USA wins, 2&1
  • INTL Hideki Matsuyama/Jhonattan Vegas vs. USA Daniel Berger/Justin Thomas, USA wins, 3&2
  • INTL Si Woo Kim/Anirban Lahiri vs. USA Kevin Chappell/Charley Hoffman, Intl Wins, 1 up
  • INTL Marc Leishman/Branden Grace vs. USA Dustin Johnson/Brooks Koepka, USA Wins, 3&2

Session 3 — Four foursomes matches — USA wins 3.5-.5, leads 11.5-2.5 overall

  • INTL Jason Day/Marc Leishman vs. USA Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed— USA wins, 4&3
  • INTL Adam Scott/Adam Hadwin vs. USA Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar — USA wins, 4&3
  • INTL Jhonattan Vegas/Emiliano Grillo vs. USA Kevin Kisner/Phil Mickelson — USA wins, 2&1
  • INTL Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace vs. USA Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas — Halved

Session 2 — Five four-ball matches, USA wins 4.5 to .5, leads 8-2 overall

  • INTL Hideki Matsuyama/Adam Hadwin vs. USA Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed, Halved
  • INTL Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace vs. USA Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas, USA wins, 3&2
  • INTL Jason Day/Marc Leishman vs. USA Kevin Kisner/Phil Mickelson, USA wins, 1 up
  • INTL Charl Schwartzel/Anirban Lahiri vs. USA Kevin Chappell/Charley Hoffman, USA Wins, 6&5
  • INTL Adam Scott/Jhonattan Vegas vs. USA Dustin Johnson/Brooks Koepka, USA Wins, 3&2

Session 1 — Five foursomes matches — USA leads 3.5-1.5

  • INTL Hideki Matsuyama/Charl Schwartzel vs. USA Rickie Fowler/Justin Thomas — USA wins, 6&4
  • INTL Adam Scott/Jhonattan Vegas vs. USA Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar — USA wins, 1 up
  • INTL Si Woo Kim/Emiliano Grillo vs. USA Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed — USA wins, 5&4
  • INTL Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace vs. USA Daniel Berger/Brooks Koepka — International wins, 3&1
  • INTL Jason Day/Marc Leishman vs. USA Kevin Kisner/Phil Mickelson — Halved