Sunday was coronation day at Liberty National. The 12th Presidents Cup was over long before the 12 singles matches between the United States and International started at noon local time. When it came to the deciding match, it wasn’t a question of “if?” but rather “by whom?” As it turned out, rookie Daniel Berger did the deed by beating the exuberant Si Woo Kim 2 and 1 to push the U.S. to 16 points with most of the matches still on the course.
The U.S. followed that with another three points to secure its seventh-straight Presidents Cup 19 to 11 over the Internationals. The victory moved the United States’ overall record to 10-1-1 and moved its record to 7-0-0 in its home country.
The International team, which actually played quite well in the singles matches, was once again overpowered by an abundance of American stars and superstars in the team portion. Not only did the bottom of the Internationals’ lineup not produce, but the top didn’t either. Its three-highest ranked players — Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Hideki Matsuyama — combined to go — and 2-8-4 on the week.
It’s almost impossible to single out who played best for the U.S. side. After posting the following scores in the team session, the U.S. players could have played left-handed on Sunday and feasibly still taken home the trophy.
- Thursday: USA wins foursomes 3.5-1.5
- Friday: USA wins four-ball 4.5-0.5
- Saturday morning: USA wins foursomes 3.5-0.5
- Saturday afternoon: USA wins four-ball 3-1
Dustin Johnson went undefeated with a 4-0-1 record and put 4.5 points on the board. Justin Thomas was everything you wanted him to be in a Player of the Year season. He put up 3.5 points and was America’s unofficial ambassador to the New York City faithful in attendance, riling up the lathered up crowds. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed went 3-0-1 as a team.
Furthermore, Rickie Fowler played great, Kevin Kisner had 3.5 points, Phil Mickelson was…