Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

United States wins 7th straight Presidents Cup — Sunday's golf

United States wins 7th straight Presidents Cup — Sunday's golf

This year, every player on the global team was a regular on the PGA Tour - lending a little more cohesion to a crew that drew players from eight countries on five continents.

The biennial Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup allows the Americans to compete in a team every year, while the Europeans and Internationals do not.

"We've got a quite number of guys that are under 30 years old that we can take maybe to Paris next year and go on to their soil and win, which we haven't done in a Ryder Cup in a long time, " Spieth said.

Frankly, putting the sitting President on the team would make for a much more interesting event, and had Trump replaced, say, Matt Kuchar for the week, the Americans would have still won handily.

"Definitely, to get our hands on our business personally, to make our own decisions, I think that's definitely a point that we can discuss", Els said.

The International team restored some pride on Sunday, winning six singles matches and halving three others.

Tipped to succeed Nick Price as Internationals captain, South African great Els called for an overhaul of "logistics, scheduling, selection process (and) course set-up" for the next instalment at Royal Melbourne in December 2019. "They have found a system and they are winning", said Scott. Sure. Any golf tournament produces some fun moments, and match play does put the players in a slightly more directly competitive setting.

"This (defeat) is on the cards (again) unless we really get our acts together".


Price successfully lobbied for a reduction in the number of points per contest, from 34 to 30 beginning in 2015, arguing the greater number of matches was too big an advantage for the U.S. with its deeper pool of player talent.

"I think it's gotten to a stage now where we have to do whatever we can to try and benefit our team", Els said.

"Tiger and I have been good friends and have gotten along very well in these team events for many years now", Mickelson said. "They're only going to get better", Day said.

And after Kevin Chappell had halved his match against Marc Leishman, there were wins for Daniel Berger, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler as the United States went on to secure a 19-11 victory.

Marc Leishman was the first player out today, but with no wiggle room at all, his halved match with Kevin Chappell at the top of the order gave the USA the half-point it needed to keep the trophy.

Scott was twice 2-down to Brooks Koepka before finally finding better touch on the back nine to win four holes in a row and salute 3&2 against the US Open champion.

Rickie Fowler had the most convincing (6&4) win of the day against Emiliano Grillo, who had a hard baptism in to the Presidents Cup this week, but it was veteren Phil Mickelson who secured the final points of the afternoon - winning his match 2&1 against Adam Hadwin.

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