Team USA Storms Back, Wins Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne PDF Print E-mail


Team USA celebrates after winning the Presidents Cup in Australia

Melbourne, Australia - Trailing 10-8 heading into the Sunday singles,

Team USA Captain Tiger Woods chose to put himself out first and then

remarked, "I trust my guys." The stars n stripes rallied behind their

captain - prevailing 16 pts - 14 pts at Royal Melbourne.

Woods took on Abraham Ancer and set the tone for his squad by

dispatching of his opponent 3 & 2 in Match 1. In Singles Match 2,

Tony Finau overcame a 4 down deficit to gain a halve in his match

with Hideki Matsuyama.


Patrick Reed overcame another week of drama and along with Dustin

Johnson, they both made quick work out of C.T Pan and Haotong Li

winning 4&3 in each match. DeChambeau halved with Canadian Adam

Hadwin while Sungjae Im slayed U.S Open Champion Gary Woodland.

Cantlay, Schauffele and Webb Simpson also earned points with singles

victories. Aussie Cam Smith took down America's leading point man

Justin Thomas.


In the anchor matches, Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Kuchar tied (but it

was Kuchar's guaranteed half point on the 17th that secured the Cup

for Team USA), Rickie Fowler and Australian Marc Leishman also tied.


Perhaps the true star of the week was Alister MacKenzie's composite

layout at Royal Melbourne. Playing at just over 7000 yards, the firm/fast

conditions and exquisite bunkering of this golden age classic made viewing

the event as interesting as any in recent memory. Tiger Woods summed

it up perfectly, "It's like an Open Championship with Augusta Greens."


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