The Americans have done it again!
Team America made a determined charge on the final day to cap a stunning comeback with six singles wins to earn a 16-14 victory over the International team in the 2019 Presidents Cup.
The Americans, led by the legend Tiger Woods, started to build momentum during Friday’s foursomes session in the afternoon, winning two of four matches to climb within two points. The U.S. needed seven points to at least force a tie and 7.5 points to win outright.
Here are the results from each of the 12 one-on-one battles that took place at Australia’s Royal Melbourne Golf Club:
Tiger Woods (United States) def. Abraham Ancer (International): 3 and 2
Hideki Matsuyama (International) tied Tony Finau (United States)
Patrick Reed (United States) def. C.T. Pan (International): 4 and 2
Dustin Johnson (United States) def. Haotong Li (International): 4 and 3
Bryson DeChambeau (United States) tied Adam Hadwin (International)
Sungjae Im (International) def. Gary Woodland (United States): 4 and 3
Patrick Cantlay (United States) def. Joaquin Niemann (International): 3 and 2
Xander Schauffele (United States) def. Adam Scott (International): 2 and 1
Webb Simpson (United States) vs. Byeong Hun An (International): 2 and 1
Cameron Smith (International) def. Justin Thomas (United States): 2 and 1
Louis Oosthuizen (International) tied Matt Kuchar (United States)
Marc Leishman (International) tied Rickie Fowler (United States)
Team captain Tiger led the charge by defeating the previously undefeated Abraham Ancer 3 and 2 which rallied his men to come from two points back to win the session 8-4. It was the first time an American team has won the Presidents Cup when trailing into Sunday’s Singles.
Already a holder of 82 PGA TOUR victories, the 43-year Tiger surpassed Phil Mickelson for the most wins in Presidents Cup history with 27 and was undefeated for the second time in the event, going 3-0 this week. He was 5-0 in 2009.
The International team’s captain Ernie Els was proud with how his team performed and said, “It’s been an incredible week. The players were just incredible. They were open for a new formula, so to speak, and embraced what I said to them, and you know, here we are. You know, we lost 16-14, and you know, we’ve got to swallow that.”Read More
Jaidee’s Dream Comes True!
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (pictured) has made it!
Jaidee shot a brilliant final round 9-under 62 to earn full exempt status for the 2020 PGA TOUR Champions after he finished second in the Qualifying Tournament Final Stage.
The three-time Asian Tour No. 1 and eight-time European Tour winner entered the last day outside the top-five which rewards players with full playing rights on the Champions and Thongchai, the first Thai player to play in the Presidents Cup in 2015, made the biggest final-round jump as he improved from T11 overnight to second with a 16-under total. He carded five birdies and two eagles on the ninth and 17th holes in his final 18 holes. He had carded earlier scores of 67, 71 and 68.
Thongchai, the leading career money earner on the Asian Tour, won First Stage in California by three shots with a four-day score of 13-under. He turned in rounds of 61-73-71-66, making eight birdies and an eagle to turn in the opening round 61. He has been a staple on the Asian Tour for a long time, collecting 13 wins, second most all-time behind countryman Thaworn Wiratchant. He also has eight career wins on the European Tour. The Thai legend turned 50 in November.Read More
“Rambo” Rahm Is The Best!
It had to happen and it was just a matter of time – the swashbuckling Spaniard, Jon Rahm (pictured) has been declared the European Tour’s Golfer Of The Year!
Rahm was selected by a panel comprising members of the golfing media as the winner of the prestigious annual award after a superb season in which he won two Rolex Series events, defended his national Open title and became the first Spaniard since Severiano Ballesteros to finish the year as European Number One after sealing the Race to Dubai title in a dramatic finale to the 2019 campaign.
The 25-year-old’s remarkable consistency throughout 2019 gave him the opportunity to win the Race to Dubai for the first time in his career at the final event of the season, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – an event he previously won in 2017.
Rahm became just the second Spaniard in history to win the Harry Vardon Trophy as European Number One, following in Ballesteros’s footsteps – who won the Tour’s Order of Merit for the sixth and final time in 1991. Rahm now joins Ballesteros (1986, 88, 91) and Sergio Garcia (2017) as the third Spaniard to receive the European Tour’s Golfer of the Year award.Read More