Fired-up Internationals eye final day glory #PresidentsCup

Sat 10 Oct 2015

Fired-up Internationals eye final day glory #PresidentsCup

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Incheon, Korea, October 10: Home hero Sangmoon Bae maintained his magical run while Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace matched the best partnership record in Presidents Cup history on Saturday as the International Team trailed the United States by one point with Sunday’s Singles session remaining.
The Internationals, who have won the Presidents Cup only once in 10 editions, matched the Americans blow for blow as Saturday’s four Foursomes and four Fourball sessions ended in ties which left the U.S. ahead by 9.5 to 8.5, the closest margin since 2005.
Grace and Oosthuizen, who grew up in the same area in South Africa, defeated Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed in their morning’s Foursomes match before subduing Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes 1-up, with the Fourball match ending in darkness at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.
An inspired Bae, who is a multiple winner on the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR, duly repaid captain Nick Price’s faith in selecting him as a pick by raising his points tally to 2.5 from three matches.
With partner Hideki Matsuyama, they halved their Foursomes match with Bill Haas and Matt Kuchar, with Bae producing some spectacular shots including a chip-in birdie on 15 after Kuchar had holed a long birdie putt to keep their match all square.
[pullquote align="left or right"]I give everything to this man. He was unbelievable. The chip-in on 16 (which put them 1-up), and the second on 18, he just showed that he's a world-class player - Louis Oosthuizen on Branden Grace[/pullquote]Later, the Asian duo teamed up again to soundly defeat Chris Kirk and Jimmy Walker 6 & 5, with Bae knocking in three straight birdies from seven and Matsuyama contributing two birds immediately after the turn to gain the upperhand.
Bae, who will begin a mandatory two-year military service after the Presidents Cup, was estatic with his performance with Matsuyama. “I'm really glad to be here, because a lot of Korean people are coming out and supporting the International Team, it really means a lot,” he said.
“There're a lot of guys yelling, ‘Sangmoon Bae, keep it up.’ It really helps me. It's a little nervous because everybody is looking at me and a lot of eyes are on me. But I have to play good. I'm really looking forward tomorrow.”
Oosthuizen paid tribute to Grace, who closed out their match after a majestic approach into the par five 18th hole in near darkness set up the winning birdie.
“I give everything to this man. He was unbelievable. The chip-in on 16 (which put them 1-up), and the second on 18, he just showed that he's a world-class player and there's no moment too big for him. He's going to be a really great player and I was so honoured to play with him for three days,” said Oosthuizen.
Price tipped his cap to his top performing duo, who tied Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker’s record of four wins in 2009: “They’ve been stars of our team. They’ve set the pace. Every day, they love being out in front and running out there. What a day of golf, some unbelieavable golf played in conditions like a British Open with the cold and wind. The guys kept making birdies, it was phenomenal. Tomorrow, each and every one of my team  members have to go out and play good golf.”
American captain Jay Haas said: “It looked like the International had the upper hand and we had to come back. The tie was pretty amazing. Moon and Hideki were nine under in the first 11 holes, Branden and Louis were also 10 or 11 through 18 holes but I’m proud with my guys who hung in there. We’re excited for tomorrow.”
World number two Jason Day said the Internationals would be fired up in the Singles session on Sunday as they look to emulate their lone win recorded in 1998 in Melbourne.
“We've got good momentum going into tomorrow. We're only one back, which is good. It's been close. This is probably the closest -- this is the closest that I've been ever since I've played The Presidents Cup,” said Day, who has yet to record a win this week.
Oosthuizen, who was picked by Price to face Patrick Reed in the first singles, added:. “You know, we're motivated. We need to win a Presidents Cup. I think that everyone on the team feels that way. We want to win one for Adam (Scott), we want to win one for Pricey, and we want to win one for ourselves.
“You know, we've got nothing to lose. We're going out with guns blazing and we're going to give it everything we've got. We're going up against great, great players, so we need to do that to be able to try and win it.”
Saturday Foursomes Results (US first)
Patrick Reed/Rickie Fowler lost to Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace 3 & 2
Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes and Adam Scott/Marc Leishman (International) A/S
Bill Haas/Matt Kuchar and Sangmoon Bae/Hideki Matsuyama A/S
Dustin Johnson/Jordan Spieth beat Jason Day/Charli Schwartzel 1 up
Saturday Fourball Results (US first)
J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson lost to Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace 1-up
Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson beat Adam Scott/Anirban Lahiri 3 & 2
Jimmy Walker/Chris Kirk lost to Sangmoon Bae/Hideki Matsuyama 6 & 5
Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth beat Jason Day/Charl Schwartzel 3 & 2
Sunday’s Singles Draw (US first)
9:15 am: Patrick Reed vs Louis Oosthuizen
9:27 am: Rickie Fowler vs Adam Scott
9:39 am: Dustin Johnson vs Danny Lee
9:51 am: J. B. Holmes vs Hideki Matsuyama
10:03 am: Bubba Watson vs Thongchai Jaidee
10:15 am: Jimmy Walker vs Steven Bowditch
10:27 am: Phil Mickelson vs Charl Schwartzel
10:39 am: Chris Kirk vs Anirban Lahiri
10:51 pm: Jordan Spieth vs Marc Leishman
11:03 pm: Zach Johnson vs Jason Day
11:15 pm: Matt Kuchar vs Branden Grace
11:27 pm: Bill Haas vs Sangmoon Bae
Friday’s Fourball Results (US first)
Dustin Johnson/Jordan Spieth lost to Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace 4 & 3
Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker lost to Danny Lee/Sangmoon Bae 1-up
Zach Johnson/Phil Mickelson vs Adam Scott/Jason Day A/S
J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson beat Marc Leishman/Steven Bowditch 2-up
Bill Haas/ Chris Kirk lost to Charl Schwartzel/Thongchai Jaidee 2 & 1
Thursday’s Foursome Results (US first)
Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes beat Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama 3 & 2
Matt Kuchar/Patrick Reed lost to Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace 3 & 2
Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker beat Anirban Lahiri/Thongchai Jaidee  5 & 4
Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson beat Jason Day/Steven Bowditch 2-up
Jordan Spieth/Dustin Johnson beat Danny Lee/Marc Leishman 4 & 3
About The Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups, and the only win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. The Presidents Cup 2003 ended in a tie. The Presidents Cup 2015 will be held Oct. 6-11 when the biennial competition makes its first trip to Asia.  Nick Price and Jay Haas will serve as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively.  Korea’s K.J. Choi was named the first vice-captain in Presidents Cup history and will help Price lead the International Team in front of what is sure to be a supportive “home” crowd.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will be the fourth international venue to host The Presidents Cup, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1998, 2011); The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa (2003); and The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2007).  The event is projected to be broadcast in 225 countries and territories, reaching more than 1 billion homes in 30 different languages around the world.
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Uniting the community Bringing Incheon to the world, Incheon is rapidly becoming one of the most prominent cities in Northeast Asia, as well as one of the best cities in which to live. Incheon has been trading with foreign countries since the Three Kingdoms Period, and was the first city in Korea to accept Western culture in 1883.
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At 7,380 yards (6,748 meters) for the tournament, the par 72 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is the first and only golf club in Korea to carry the name of the Golden Bear himself.  Its dramatic park land, links and rock formation styles are in perfect harmony with the panoramic views of Incheon Bay and the skyline of the Songdo International Business District. Crafted by the hand of master himself, the Jack Nicklaus design features unique fairway routings, a variety of tee locations, and greens protected by strategically located bunkers and hazards that provide special challenge to golfers of all levels.  In 2010 and 2011 the course hosted the PGA Champions Tour Songdo Championship event.  The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is proud to have been selected as the host venue for The Presidents Cup in 2015, the first time the event will be contested in Asia.  For more information visit: www.jacknicklausgolfclubkorea.com.