US golfers claim NINTH straight Presidents Cup victory against international team exhausted by defectors to Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf
Jordan Spieth capped a perfect week at the Presidents Cup and the Americans racked up nine straight victories against an international team exhausted by defectors to Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf.
The Internationals showed a lot of struggle. They just don’t have a trophy to show for it.
That remains in the hands of an American team that clinched a record win over Europe in last year’s Ryder Cup.
Team USA golfer Xander Schauffele (far left) is congratulated by golfer Scottie Scheffler (second left), golfer Jordan Spieth (second right) and golfer Sam Burns (far right) on the 18th green during the singles game of the Presidents Cup- Golf Tournament at Quail Hollow Club
Team USA golfer Jordan Spieth hits his chipshot on the second hole during singles match play of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club
Xander Schauffele provided the winning point when he made a 6-foot par putt for a 1-up win over Corey Conners on the 18th hole. That gave the Americans 15 1/2 points with five games left.
Conners and Taylor Pendrith, the only Canadians on the team, were the only players not to contribute a point. Conners made three putts from 25 feet on the 17th with a chance to level the match, and on the 18th he hit a bunker from the fairway.
Spieth was making putts from across Quail Hollow for a 4-and-3 win over Cameron Davis that kept the Internationals – who needed their biggest Sunday individual effort – from gaining momentum early.
Spieth became only the sixth player to win all five matches in the Presidents Cup and to win all four of his team’s matches with Justin Thomas.
Spieth, a three-time major champion and former world No. 1 player, first qualified for US teams when he was 20. But he had never won a singles game – 0-3 in the Presidents Cup, 0-3-1 in the Ryder Cup.
And then after two holes 2 he fell down before flipping it in a big way.
“I was more nervous than I should have been because I wanted to get that monkey off my back,” Spieth said. “When you come out early on a Sunday, they look for red on the board. And it feels good to provide it.’
Annie Spieth, wife of USA team Jordan Spieth, holds child Sammy during Sunday’s singles games of day four of the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Country Club on September 25, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina
Thomas tried to join him, but he lost to Si Woo Kim in a match that came down to 10-foot birdie putts on the last hole.
Doesn’t matter. When Patrick Cantlay whipped Adam Scott and Tony Finau rallied from 2 down to beat Pendrith, the result was as inevitable as usual.
The Americans improved to 12-1-1 in a streak that began in 1994. Their only defeat came at Royal Melbourne in 1998 and a draw in South Africa in 2003.
The Internationals fell 8-2 after the first two days with a team of eight rookies, half of whom replaced players like British Open champion Cameron Smith and Louis Oosthuizen, who were ineligible after the PGA Tour ruled them out for signing locked in the lucrative had competing tour.
One of those rookies, Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz, defeated world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler to go a week unbeaten 2-0-1. Another was 20-year-old Tom Kim, the fresh face of these Games, who brought hope to the Internationals on Saturday night with a performance as big as his personality.
For four days the Americans were too strong and too deep.
Jordan Spieth of the US team and Cam Davis of Australia and the international team shake hands on the 15th hole after Spieth won Sunday’s singles match on day four of the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Country Club at Quail Hollow Country Club
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/golf/article-11248881/US-golfers-bag-NINTH-straight-Presidents-Cup-victory-against-International-team.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 US golfers claim 9th consecutive President’s Cup victory against an international team