Presidents Cup: Xander Schauffele holed out to win the putt to give Team USA the win


Schauffel won gold in Tokyo last year

Xander Schauffele holed the winning putt as the United States retained the Presidents Cup, beating the Internationals 17½-12½.

The USA led 11-7 on the night, but lost the first singles of the final day when Si Woo Kim beat Justin Thomas by one hole.

However, they needed 15½ points to win, with Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau winning their matches and Sam Burns winning by half a point.

Schauffel held off Corey Conners by one hole to seal the cup in his favor.

The biennial Ryder Cup-style event was played at Quail Hollow, North Carolina, and the home team’s victory gives them a 12-1 lead in the event, tied at one game apiece.

“It feels good to win. It was a little bit too close. A win is a win and there’s no picture on the scoreboard,” said Schauffel, who struggled to produce his best golf in the match against the Canadian.

US captain Davis Love added, “They played great. It was tough. They put in a lot of effort the last three weeks. They came in ready.”

Spieth has been superb this Presidents Cup – posting a 100% record in his five matches – and led the US team once again with a 4-3 win over Australia’s Cameron Davis.

Spieth’s win was his first in eight Ryder and Presidents Cup singles matches.

“I was very nervous,” she said. “I wanted to get that monkey off my back. They’re looking for red on the board and it feels great to finally deliver that.

“You can’t put a price on that. I did everything I could this week.”

Burns tied his match with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, and Cantlay beat Australia’s Adam Scott 3-2.

Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz defeated world number one Scottie Scheffler 2&1 13½-9½, and began to close with several international players in their matches.

However, the excellent level of the US teams was the difference between the teams and Finau’s 3-1 win over Canada’s Taylor Pendrith moved the USA within a point of their target before Schauffel secured it with a strong last par putt.

For two South Koreans poised for glittering careers, fortunes were at odds.

Sungjae Im saw off Cameron Young, who will likely be the American powerhouse for years to come, from the single hole, while Tom Kim – the hero of Saturday’s fight – was dismissed by Max Homa on the 18th.

Another South Korean, KH Lee, was an impressive 3&1 winner against Billy Horschel after winning a match played with pride by the International team.

In the last two games, Collin Morikakwa comfortably beat Chile’s Mito Pereira, but South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout finished with a point for Internazionale against Kevin Kisner.

“We’re a little disappointed,” international captain Trevor Immelman said. “We believed in ourselves.

“We had an amazing week. They were battling. These guys have huge hearts. I’ll go fight with them any day.”

Few expected the game to stay alive until Sunday’s final hour after Team USA raced into a 4-1 lead after the first day.

However, they have shown heart and skill in carrying Love forward, and have indicated a successful future individually and collectively.

Immelman was joined by LIV player Cameron Smith – Open champion and world number three – and Chilean star Joaquin Niemann, Mexican Abraham Ancer, South African Louis Oosthuizen and Australian Marc Leishman.

He is banned from playing after joining the Saudi-funded startup, meaning Immelman had eight debutants in his 12-man squad.

The Americans were without Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, though the U.S. still ranked among the top 16 players in the world.

Zach Johnson will lead Team USA in a year from now when they try to retain the Ryder Cup against Europe at the Marco Simone in Rome.

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