US win Presidents Cup
on final hole...
Captain's pick Bill Haas claimed the
crucial final point at the Presidents
Cup on Sunday, as the United States beat
the Internationals 15.5 to 14.5 to
clinch the team golf event for the ninth
time in 11 editions.
Haas, who is also the son of US captain
Jay Haas, held his nerve in the last of
Sunday's 12 singles matches to beat
local favorite Bae Sang-moon on a day of
missed putts, momentum swings and
Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, the top two
players in the world, both lost their
matches, while there was delight and
heartbreak in equal measure for Asia's
four representatives - Thongchai Jaidee,
Anirban Lahiri, Hideki Matsuyama and Bae.
After five straight comfortable US wins,
the one-point margin of victory was the
narrowest since the Americans won 16.5
to 15.5 in 1996, and suggests the PGA
Tour got it right by reducing the total
number of points on offer to 30 from 34.
An emotional US captain Jay Haas
struggled to get through a televised
interview next to the 18th green but
said he had given his son a pep talk
through the closing stages.
"I told him, 'Come on, win one for your
mom, your mom deserves this,'" he said.
"We put him out 12th and had no idea
this was going to happen. Couldn't even
have dreamt this."
The Internationals trailed 9.5 to 8.5
going into the final day at the Jack
Nicklaus Golf Club Koreabut got the
first point on the board when Adam Scott
thrashed an out-of-sorts Rickie Fowler
6&5 to level the match.
Louis Oosthuizen eagled the 18th to
claim a half of his match against
Patrick Reed, while fellow South African
Branden Grace beat Matt Kuchar 2&1 and
became just the fifth player to win five
matches at a single Presidents Cup.
American veteran Phil Mickelson, who has
played in all 11 Presidents Cups but
needed a captain's pick for the first
time since 1994, crushed Charl
Schwartzel 5&4, while Dustin Johnson
overcame a game Danny Lee, who led by
one through 14 but then lost three in a
The early American red plastered across
the other matches on the scoreboard
began to fade in the afternoon as
Japanese sensation Matsuyama fought back
to beat J.B. Holmes and Thai Jaidee took
an unexpected half point when Bubba
Watson missed from five feet on the
18th. Watson missed a similar tiddler at
the same hole on Saturday but he was not
the only one who struggled with short
putts on the difficult final hole.
Lahiri, the first Indian to play at the
Presidents Cup, lipped out from just
over two feet to hand Chris Kirk
victory, just as the Internationals
looked to be turning the corner.
"I had Bubba Watson come up to me about
a minute after we finished up and he
said that he had done the same exact
thing," said a despondent Lahiri. "I
guess wasn't meant to be unfortunately."
After Spieth was stunned by Australian
Marc Leishman and Day lost to Zach
Johnson, the Cup boiled down to the
final match between two captain's picks
-- Haas and Bae.
South Korean Bae, playing in his last
event before he swaps four irons for
firearms and begins compulsory military
service, trailed by one with two holes
to play and drained a 10-footer on the
17th that kept the Internationals' hopes
of a tie alive.
With the home crowd's hopes on his
shoulders and the fate of his team in
his hands, the pressure finally told on
Bae and he cracked on the last, stubbing
his chip into a steep bank and seeing
the ball roll back down the hill.
International skipper Nick Price was
determined no blame should be
apportioned to Bae and Lahiri and said
his team could have had a much easier
task had it not been for their woeful
foursomes performance on the opening
"I don't want any of you to be negative
in any way toward Anirban and to Moon,"
Price told reporters.
"The truth of it is, is that if we got
off to a better start on Thursday and we
had not been 4-1 down, it might not have
been quite as exciting today ... so we
all feel for Anirban and for Moon for
But they are part of our team, and we
will leave here as a team."
The Presidents Cup returns to US soil in
two years' time at Liberty National, New
Jersey before coming to Melbourne for a
third time in 2019.
John Herlong, PGA
WebGolfClub Staff Writer
October 12, 2015
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