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.”