USA ease to Presidents Cup win

02 October 2017 04:04:01 EST
USA captain Steve Stricker.

The United States completed a resounding 19-11 victory in the Presidents Cup at Liberty National in New Jersey although the International Team restored some pride on the final day.

Nick Price's shell-shocked side had trailed by 11 points going into Sunday's singles but hit back to win the 12 head-to-heads 7.5-4.5 and reduce the hosts' winning margin.

In the top match, Marc Leishman halved with Kevin Chappell before Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama put points on the board.

Daniel Berger's 2 & 1 win over Si Woo Kim sealed the Cup for Steve Stricker's hosts but the Internationals continued to battle and Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Jhonattan Vegas all claimed wins, the latter taking the scalp of Jordan Spieth.

Phil Mickelson beat Adam Hadwin and Rickie Fowler thumped Emiliano Grillo 6 & 4 in the bottom two games to give the United States an eventual eight-point winning margin - their second biggest in the tournament's 23-year-history.

Winning skipper Stricker said: "It was a fun ride. These guys played so well. They played well all year long and they came here with a lot of confidence. They continued it right through this tournament here.

"So proud of them all. They just kept grinding it out and kept fighting, and they never lost the focus. They played great.

"They feel a special connection to one another. They love playing with one another and they just have fun with it. They are competitors. They are great players.

"I've played on some close-knit teams but this might be the closest of them all."

Price, meanwhile, was proud that his team fought back so well in the singles after taking such a beating over the first three days.

"We all knew today was going to be a better day than the others," said the Zimbabwean. "These guys got out and put their hearts and souls into today.

"All in all, things are looking pretty good for us I think in the future."

Team USA are now 5/6 to win the Ryder Cup in France next year, while Europe are 6/5. The tie is 10/1.

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