CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The U.S. won the 2022 Presidents Cup 17.5 – 12.5 with Xander Schauffele clinching the winning point with his 1-up singles win over Canadian Corey Conners, thwarting any hopes of a historic comeback by the International Team. When asked on Saturday about his Day 3 highlight Schauffelle proclaimed, “I’ll just save mine for tomorrow.”
Si Woo Kim defeated Justin Thomas 1 up in the leadoff match to set the tone for a Team International comeback. The comeback fell short, but not without several mini-victories like Sebastian Muñoz beating world no.1 Scottie Scheffler – 2 and 1. If you thought team events didn’t mean much to these players, than you may appreciate the Colombian’s thoughts after his match “Probably one of the best things I ever achieved in my life,” Muñoz said.
Jordan Spieth five beat Cam Davis 4 and 3 to go 5-0-0 for the week.
Max Homa defeated Korean Tom Kim won 1 up in the match of the day, to finish the week 4-0-0.
“The golf’s amazing,” Homa said. “But you remember that kind of stuff well into your days, so I feel very thankful for that. I mean, I was nervous as could be over that putt, but it was fun. I was telling my wife, money cannot buy that feeling. And that was something that I will remember forever, and I will tell anybody who ever wants to hear about it how that felt.”
Early in the week as the U.S Team jumped out to a commanding 8-2 lead, speculation was running rampant on social media as to what would be the proper new format for future Presidents Cups. By Saturday night the Internationals had rallied to an 11-7 deficit that changed the narrative to a possible comeback for the ages.
When the matches were concluded, it was unanimous that International captain Trevor Immelman and his depleted squad (because of LIV defectors) showed the spirit, courage and talent that silenced any discussion of a format change.