Behind Captain Tiger Woods, Team USA rally to win the 2019 President's Cup

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16Dec2019

By : BGA Proshop

In a stunning turnaround, Team USA captured the 2019 President’s Cup by dominating the final day single matches to win 16 – 14 in the teams event.
In the biggest golf tournament in Australian’s history, The President’s Cup was played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Victoria which hosted the best American golfers vs the best International golfers that are non European.

The week started off on Thursday with the four ball competition where the international got off to a strong start winning 4 out of the 5 matches. The score after Thursday was 4 to 1.

MATCH 1: Tiger Woods-Justin Thomas (U.S.) def. Marc Leishman-Joaquin Niemann (INT), 4 and 3
MATCH 2: Adam Hadwin-Sungjae Im (INT) def. Xander Schauffele-Patrick Cantlay (U.S.), 1 up
MATCH 3: Adam Scott-Ben An (INT) def. Bryson DeChambeau-Tony Finau (U.S.), 2 and 1
MATCH 4: Hideki Matsuyama-C.T. Pan (INT) def. Webb Simpson-Patrick Reed (U.S.), 1 up
MATCH 5: Abraham Ancer-Louis Oosthuizen (INT) def. Dustin Johnson-Gary Woodland (U.S.), 4 and 3

On Friday the format changed over to the foursomes competition where this time both teams walked away with it being a tie. Out of the 5 matches each team scored 2 ½ each. The score after Friday was 6 ½ to 3 1/2.

MATCH 6: Louis Oosthuizen-Adam Scott (INT) def. Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 3 and 2
MATCH 7: Xander Schauffele-Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) def. Adam Hadwin-Joaquin Niemann (INT), 1 up
MATCH 8: Marc Leishman-Abraham Ancer (INT) def. Webb Simpson-Patrick Reed (U.S.), 3 and 2
MATCH 9: Tiger Woods-Justin Thomas (U.S.) def. Ben An-Hideki Matsuyama (INT), 1 up
MATCH 10: Rickie Fowler-Gary Woodland (U.S.) vs. Sungjae Im-Cameron Smith (INT), tied

On Saturday there were 8 points on offer. 4 in the morning fourball and 4 in the afternoon foursomes.

The Internationals were off to another solid start and managed to score 2 ½ points in the morning extending their lead over Team USA. The score after Saturday fourball was 9 to 5 holding a 4 point lead heading to the afternoon matches.

MATCH 11: Justin Thomas-Rickie Fowler (US) def. Marc Leishman-Haotong Li (INT), 3 and 2
MATCH 12: Sungjae Im-Abraham Ancer (INT) def. Xander Schauffele-Patrick Cantlay (US), 3 and 2
MATCH 13: Hideki Matsuyama-C.T. Pan (INT) def. Patrick Reed-Webb Simpson (US), 5 and 3
MATCH 14: Matt Kuchar-Tony Finau (US) vs. Adam Scott-Ben An (INT), tied

In the afternoon it was a surprise not to see Tiger Woods out playing again as he had been undefeated in his previous matches. Instead Tiger was captain, cheering his team, urging them to close the gap on the International team. The team responded winning 3 out of the 4 matches and closing the lead down to 2. The score after the foursomes was 10 to 8 with the Internationals holding on to a 2 point lead.

MATCH 15: Dustin Johnson-Gary Woodland (U.S.) def. Louis Oosthuizen-Adam Scott (INT), 2 and 1
MATCH 16: Justin Thomas-Rickie Fowler (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman-Abraham Ancer (INT), tied 
MATCH 17: Xander Schauffele-Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) def. Cameron Smith-Sungjae Im (INT), 2 and 1
MATCH 18: Matt Kuchar-Tony Finau (U.S.) vs. Ben An-Joaquin Niemann (INT), tied

It was all down to the very last day and on paper the International team should not have even been this close let alone leading the tournament. Woods knew that the American’s needed to get off to a strong start and being playing Captain selected him to tee off first and lead the American’s in the single matches. Throughout the day it was a seesaw event with a few matches going back and forth but mostly in favor of the American’s. The upset the internationals were hoping for slowly faded in the day and when Woods rolled in his birdie putt on 16, he had closed the lead down to 1 and Team USA were in with a sniff. In the end USA over powered the International team to win the President’s Cup 16 to 14 leaving Woods undefeated for the tournament.

MATCH 19: Tiger Woods (U.S.) def. Abraham Ancer (INT), 3 and 2
MATCH 20: Tony Finau (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama (INT), tied
MATCH 21: Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. C.T. Pan (INT), 4 and 2
MATCH 22: Dustin Johnson (U.S.) def. Haotong Li (INT), 4 and 3
MATCH 23: Bryson DeChambeau (U.S.) vs. Adam Hadwin (INT), tied
MATCH 24: Sungjae Im (INT) def. Gary Woodland (U.S.), 4 and 3
MATCH 25: Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) vs. Joaquin Niemann (INT), 3 and 2
MATCH 26: Xander Schauffele (U.S.) def. Adam Scott (INT), 2 and 1
MATCH 27: Webb Simpson (U.S.) def. Ben An (INT), 2 and 1
MATCH 28: Cameron Smith (INT) def. Justin Thomas (U.S.), 2 and 1
MATCH 29: Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (INT), tied
MATCH 30: Rickie Fowler (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman (INT), tied
 
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