The U.S won the 2017 Presidents Cup with a dominating 19-11 victory that was almost clinched before Sunday’s 12 singles matches. The International team was able to win the last match on Saturday to at least make the U.S. team show up Sunday morning. In the singles matches the International team played well and won 7.5 to 4.5 to at least cut the deficit and reduce the embarrassment of a poor showing. This is the second President’s Cup in a row that the International team won the singles matches but lost the Cup due to the U.S. domination in the team matches.
Here are the individual records for each U.S players.
- Dustin Johnson: 4-0-1
- Ricky Fowler: 3-0-1
- Phil Michelson: 3-0-1
- Kevin Kisner: 2-0-2
- Patrick Reed: 3-1-1
- Jordan Spieth: 3-1-1
- Justin Thomas: 3-1-1
- Matt Kuchar: 2-1-0
- Daniel Berger: 2-1-0
- Kevin Chappell: 1-1-1
- Broooks Koepka: 2-2-0
- Charlie Hoffman: 1-2-0
Highlights of Matches:
- Every U.S player won at least one match and only Charlie Hoffman had a losing record.
- Phil Michelson is now 8-1-3 in the last three team events (2 International Cups, 1 Ryder Cup) which has turned around his poor overall career record in these team events. Truly a powerful transformation towards the end of his career.
- Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both lost their singles matches. Spieth is now 0-5 in singles matches in the Ryder and International Cups. That just shows that you can be the best player in the world and can still lose at match play. Thomas lost his match while posting 8 birdies.
This week I will explore the following President’s Cup topics:
- Why has the U.S performed better in the President’s Cup than the Ryder Cup?
- What changed so quickly with the U.S. team performance?
- What caused the U.S. poor performance in the Ryder Cup?