USA ease to seventh straight Presidents Cup title
The United StatesÂ earned a convincing 19-11 Presidents Cup victory over the International team atÂ Liberty National Golf Club on Sunday.
Needing just one point entering the singles matches after a dominant first three days, the defending champions sealed aÂ seventh straight title when rookie Daniel Berger went three up with three to play in the fourth match againstÂ Kim Si-woo.
Kevin Chappell had the first crack at sealing the title, butÂ he halved his match against Marc Leishman.
Charley Hoffman, who had been paired with Chappell on Saturday with a chance to clinch the Cup a day early, was then awarded an opportunity to retain the trophy, but went downÂ two and oneÂ to Jason Day.
Proving their resiliency, the Internationals would not be defeated on the third match, either, as Hideki Matsuyama caught fire to beat Justin Thomas three and one.
Berger was assured of at the least the half point the USA needed when he preservedÂ a three-shot advantage at 15 before going on to win two and one.Â
"Captain (Steve) Stricker came up to me on 16 and told me that we had clinched it. What a feeling,"Â Berger said after his round. "We've been here for the last week and playing for this for months. It's just a great feeling.
"It was more about the team. It wasn't about me. I was just really happy to be able to close out my match today. Si Woo played great. We exchanged a bunch of birdie putts coming down the stretch, and it just so happened I came out on the right side of that."
South African duoÂ Charl Schwartzel andÂ Louis Oosthuizen beat Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed respectively, while Adam Scott claimed a three and two success overÂ Brooks Koepka andÂ Jhonattan Vegas secured a memorable twoÂ and oneÂ success over Jordan Spieth.
Phil Mickelson saw off Adam Hadwin two and one, with Rickie Fowler a crushing six and four winner overÂ Emiliano Grillo. Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace had to settle for a half and the same goes for Kevin Kisner and Anirban Lahiri.
The USA has now won 10 of the 12 Presidents Cup events to be staged, their only loss coming back in 1998.