The United States won their seventh consecutive Presidents Cup over the International team with the final score of 19-11. The 8-point winning margin somewhat disguises the sheer dominance of the International team by the Americans.
During what folded out mostly as a one-sided affair, the internationals won six of the 12 singles matches on the final day and halved three more to leave the Liberty National golf course with a little pride. The US team have now claimed the cup 10 times in 12 stagings of the biennial tournament.
The next President’s Cup is scheduled to be played at Royal Melbourse golf course in Australia in 2019.
“It’s tough to be on the receiving end of another loss for all of us,” International captain Nick Price said after presiding over his third straight defeat at the helm. “This is a juggernaut of a U.S. team. They’re an overpowering team.”
“U.S.A. team golf is in a great spot,” said Steve Stricker, Captain of the US team.
“Looks like they could be around together for a long time. They played well all year long and they came here with a lot of confidence. They continued it right through this tournament here.”
The International team of players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe, started the final day needing to sweep every match to snatch victory. A touch embarrassed after performing miserably in the foursomes and four-ball matches, the Internationals performed much better in man-to-man play on Sunday, though it was too little, too late.
Among the International winners in singles were former world number ones Jason Day and Adam Scott, as well as Hideki Matsuyama, currently the team’s top-ranked player. American losers included the past three major champions, Jordan Spieth, who has not won a singles match in either Presidents or Ryder Cup events, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka.