INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – Jaded after a decade of U.S. dominance, the Presidents Cup arrived in South Korea needing a competitive week to regain its relevance and fire up an International team that had begun to dread the traditional biennial thrashing.
Sunday’s thrilling finale, in which the United States claimed the trophy in the very last singles match, was the perfect riposte to critics who said the Cup had become an “exhibition” and will leave the Internationals counting down the days till the next event in two years’ time.
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The United States won the Presidents Cup for the ninth time in 11 editions of the event after beating the International team 15.5 to 14.5 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea on Sunday.
Bill Haas, the son of skipper Jay and a captain’s pick for the biennial event, scored the winning point by beating South Korean Bae Sang-moon two up in the last of the day’s 12 singles matches.
INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – The head-to-head showdown golf fans had been calling for between the top two players in the world, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, failed to materialise at the Presidents Cup as team tactics took precedence ahead of the all-important Sunday singles.
With the United States leading by a point, and the Internationals the closest they have been at this stage since 2005, team captains Jay Haas and Nick Price moved their pieces around the chessboard like cagey grandmasters.
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 10 (Reuters) – It was a day of great escapes and blown opportunities for the Internationals on day three of the Presidents Cup, while Jordan Spieth delivered a birdie blitz to help keep the United States a point in front with just Sunday’s singles matches to come.
The International team looked set to get their noses in front at the biennial event for the first time in a decade but squandered several solid leads and split the eight points on offer to end Saturday trailing 9.5 to 8.5.
INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – Melbourne will host the 2019 edition of the Presidents Cup, as well as next year’s World Cup of Golf, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced on Saturday.
The biennial Presidents Cup, which pits the United States against a team of International golfers minus Europeans, returns to American soil in 2017 at Liberty National in New Jersey before moving to Melbourne two years later.
INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – It has been a day of great escapes and blown opportunities for the Internationals so far at the Presidents Cup on Saturday as they split the morning foursomes to remain a point behind the United States going into the afternoon four-balls.
Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace earned their third straight win by beating Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler 3&2, as International blue dominated the early scoreboard at the Jack Nicklaus Gold Club Korea.
INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – An obscure penalty clause, tucked away in the farthest depths of golf’s rulebook, took center stage at the Presidents Cup on Friday after Phil Mickelson changed the type of ball he had been playing with mid-round.
Mickelson and U.S. playing partner Zach Johnson were all square through six against the Internationals’ Jason Day and Adam Scott when Mickelson switched to a harder ball to get extra distance from the tee going into the par-five seventh.
INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – Bae Sang-moon’s career will take a backseat to military service for the next two years but when he sits back in his barracks, taking time out between drills, his thoughts will surely drift to Friday and the putt that won a point at the Presidents Cup.
Bae, who has won twice on the lucrative PGA Tour and was granted U.S. residency in 2013, was charged in February with violating national service laws after failing to return home when his overseas travel permit expired.
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The Internationals produced a stirring fightback on day two of the Presidents Cup, cutting the United States’ lead to a single point, with South Korean Bae Sang-moon grabbing a crucial win for his team by holing a pressure-packed putt on the last.
Trailing 4-1 from the opening day’s foursomes, International skipper Nick Price needed a strong start in Friday’s four-balls and got just that from Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, who beat world number one Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson 4&3.
INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) – The Internationals claimed a vital early point on the second day of the Presidents Cup with South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace beating world number one Jordan Spieth and U.S. partner Dustin Johnson 4&3.
Friday’s four-balls also saw the first moment of controversy at the biennial event, being played in Asia for the first time, when American Phil Mickelson was penalised for changing the type of ball he was playing on the seventh hole.