Internationals show some pride in Presidents Cup defeat

2nd October 2017 10:34 AM
President Donald Trump, left, presents the winner's trophy to US team captain Steve Stricker. President Donald Trump, left, presents the winner's trophy to US team captain Steve Stricker. Susan Walsh

A SUPERB singles display from the International team was not enough as America won the Presidents Cup for a seventh straight time.

After some shocking displays in the fourballs and foursomes on the first three days, Nick Price's team was left with an impossible task of having to win all the singles matches.

That was never going to happen, so the last day was all about pride and the Internationals showed plenty of that, winning the singles matches 7.5 to 4.5.

Kevin Chappell's halved match against Australia's Marc Leishman secured 15 of the 15.5 points required to claim the title moments after US President Donald Trump arrived.

Daniel Berger then bagged the decisive point, courtesy of a 2-and-1 victory over Internationals rookie Si Woo Kim.

Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott both secured victories after a poor tournament.

World No.7 Day secured his first full point at the Presidents Cup since the 2013 edition with a 2 and 1 win over American rookie Charley Hoffman, while Scott downed Brooks Koepka 3 and 2.

"'I'm very, very pleased with obviously winning, because I don't want to go out on a losing streak," said Day, who only contributed a half point in 2015.

"It disappoints me that we let captain Nick Price down, because he's put a lot of heart and soul into it."

Added Leishman: "It's a disappointing week for us, getting our butts handed to us like that.

"We definitely gave it our best going up against great competition.

"The Americans are strong, they have the home crowd and played very well. It's hard to beat the best players in the world when they are playing well."

Internationals' top-ranked player Hideki Matsuyama bagged his first match victory for the week, the Japanese world No.3 downing FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas 3-and-1.

It is the Americans' 10th Cup victory since the inaugural edition in 1994, with the Internationals recording just one win (1998) and a tie (2003).