U.S. wins drama-filled #PresidentsCup

Sun 11 Oct 2015

U.S. wins drama-filled #PresidentsCup

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Incheon, Korea, October 11: The United States won the Presidents Cup by one point against the International Team on Sunday, with the captain’s son and pick Bill Haas securing the winning point against home hero Sangmoon Bae in the final singles match on the 18th green.
The 11th staging of the biennial team match play contest, held in Asia for the first time, went down the wire in front of large galleries at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea with Haas notching a thrilling 2-up victory which gave the U.S. Team a 15.5 to 14.5 win, which was its ninth in the series and sixth consecutive success.
It was indeed a day of high drama which saw some stunning matches leaving the outcome of the Presidents Cup on tenterhooks.
The Internationals secured some big wins, with Marc Leishman edging world number one Jordan Spieth 1-up, Adam Scott trouncing Rickie Fowler 6 & 5 and Hideki Matsuyama beating J.B. Holmes 1-up with a birdie on 18.
Branden Grace emerged as the star for the Internationals with a 2 & 1 win over Matt Kuchar giving him a perfect five wins this week. But with the Americans gaining wins through Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Chris Kirk and Zach Johnson and with half points from Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson, it all came down to the last tie between Haas and Bae.
The local hero, who was an International pick, produced some gutsy shots, including par save on 16 from eight feet and a wonderful bunker shot on 17 to stay one-down. Needing to win the last hole, it ended in disappointment for the Korean star, a former Asian Tour multiple champion and a double winner on the PGA TOUR, as he fluffed his third shot to allow Haas to win the hole and match 2-up.
American Captain Jay Haas said: “It was pretty uncomfortable at times but the guys stepped up and played amazing golf when they had to. And we couldn't have done it without a group effort. There were no individuals; everybody came together as a team; a moment I'll never forget.”
Bill Haas added: “All of a sudden it's on me, or my match is big - it's going to matter. I was certainly hoping that those ones that were down or all-square, I would have loved for it to work out. But last night I had said something to Zach about how, ‘Man, I hope you guys go out and take care of business before it comes down to me.’
“And he says, ‘You want that. That's what you want. You want to be in that position and you should go get it.’ It feels really amazing now the way it all worked out. I'm lucky to be a part of this team and to get picked, and I'm just happy I could help the team out with one point there on Sunday. It feels great.”
International Captain paid tribute to his 12 men, especially Bae and India’s Anirban Lahiri, whose three foot putt on the last green lipped out for a half point with Kirk which could have then offered a different ending.
“For it to come down to just a couple of shots at the end of the day on Sunday make for incredible theatre,” said Price.
“I don't want any of you to be negative in any way toward Anirban and to Moon. The truth of it is, is that if we got off to a better start on Thursday and we had not been 4-1 down, it might not have been quite as exciting today. But we had five rounds of golf, and so we all feel for Anirban and for Moon for what happened. But they are part of our team, and we will leave here as a team.”
FINAL RESULT: USA 15.5 INTERNATIONALS 14.5
Sunday Single Results (US first)
Patrick Reed halved with Louis Oosthuizen
Rickie Fowler lost to Adam Scott 6 & 5
Dustin Johnson beat Danny Lee 2 & 1
J.B. Holmes lost to Hideki Matsuyama 1-up
Bubba Watson halved with Thongchai Jaidee
Jimmy Walker lost to Steven Bowditch 2-up
Phil Mickelson beat Charl Schwartzel 5 & 4
Chris Kirk beat Anirban Lahiri 1-up
Jordan Spieth lost to Marc Leishman 1-up
Zach Johnson beat Jason Day 3 and 2
Matt Kuchar lost to Branden Grace 2 &1
Bill Haas beat Sangmoon Bae 2-up
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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About Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
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.