Tiger Woods’ United States produced a surprising turnaround to disclaim Internationals a primary Presidents Cup in 21 years on Sunday, dominating the singles on a tense ultimate day that went to the wire.
Veteran Matt Kuchar was the hero, along with his profitable putt on the 17th within the penultimate match sufficient to make sure victory, sparking wild celebrations from playing-captain Woods, who set the tone by getting the primary level on the board.
It was a crushing loss for Ernie Els’ younger Internationals, who led for the primary three days of the biennial matchplay occasion however did not ship the killer blow towards a extra skilled and completed US staff.
Internationals went into the 12 singles matches with a 10-Eight lead however the tide started rapidly turning with Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson amongst these racing to massive early leads with the scoreboard swathed in US purple.
When Webb Simpson beat South Korea’s An Byeong-hun, the US went 15-12 in entrance and wanted simply half a degree with Internationals main in two of three matches nonetheless in play.
Australian Cameron Smith grabbed yet one more level by beating Justin Thomas, guaranteeing a nail-biting finale with Kuchar’s heroics on the 17th guaranteeing there was no approach again for Els’ staff. It was a outstanding comeback. No aspect earlier than had rallied to win on the final day after trailing for 3 days, additional cementing the popularity of Woods, who went undefeated in his three matches.
It was the US’ 11th victory in 13 editions of the occasion.
The outcomes: Internationals 14 misplaced to USA 16 [Sunday’s singles: Abraham Ancer misplaced to Tiger Woods 3 & 2; Hideki Matsuyama tied with Tony Finau; CT Pan misplaced to Patrick Reed 4 & 2; Li Haotong misplaced to Dustin Johnson 4 & 3; Adam Hadwin tied with Bryson DeChambeau; Im Sung-jae bt Gary Woodland 4 & 3; Joaquin Niemann misplaced to Patrick Cantlay 3 & 2; Adam Scott misplaced to Xander Schauffele 2 & 1; An Byeong-hun misplaced to Webb Simpson 2 & 1; Cameron Smith bt Justin Thomas 2 & 1; Louis Oosthuizen tied with Matt Kuchar; Marc Leishman tied with Rickie Fowler.