Team USA withstood an admirable fightback from the International side to win the 2022 Presidents Cup 17.5-12.5.
A contest that looked as good as over after two days turned into a mesmerising spectacle as Trevor Immelman's charges threatened to pull off the impossible with a squad that was decimated by departures from the established tours to LIV Golf.
The hosts won 11 of the first 15 points as the typically one-sided affair threatened to turn embarrassing, before a 3-1 session win on Saturday gave the Internationals a glimmer of hope at 11-7 down and with 12 points still to play for.
In the first Sunday singles tie, a titanic battle between Justin Thomas and Si Woo Kim came down to the wire. There was no shortage of needle as the pair exchanged exuberant fist-pumps but it reached a head when Thomas sarcastically gestured he should have been given a 2ft 7in putt to win the ninth.
In typically combative style, Kim hit the front for the first time with a birdie on the 16th before JT responded with a pinpoint approach to the penultimate hole. But it was Kim who landed the knockout blow, converting from 10 feet to deliver a much-needed point for the International cause.
Si Woo Kim for the win!An incredible moment and victory for the @IntlTeam 😤 pic.twitter.com/QRj100BqjUSeptember 25, 2022
In game two, Jordan Spieth registered the first point of the day for the hosts, picking up a maiden singles win in eight Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup appearances. He lost the opening two holes to Cam Davis but rallied to level the match at the turn before winning four in a row from the 11th and sealing a perfect 5-0-0 record with a 4&3 triumph.
Patrick Cantlay then recorded a comfortable win over Adam Scott, before Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns played out a topsy-turvy half that nudged the hosts within two points of winning the cup outright for the ninth time in a row.
In game five, Sebastian Munoz took down World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler 2&1 to keep the his side's slim hopes of defying the odds alive, with several matches hanging in the balance behind.
It would, however, be in vein as the duo of Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele finally saw off the visitors' spirited comeback. Finau trailed Taylor Pendrith by one with seven to play but reeled off four birdies in six to win 3&1, while Schauffele had the honour of clinching the winning putt as he beat Corey Conners 1-up.
Team USA have won the Presidents Cup ⛳️pic.twitter.com/0HWNwhNJIvSeptember 25, 2022
With the contest decided but plenty of pride still to play for, wins for Sungjae Im, K.H. Lee and Christiaan Bezuidenhout took the Internationals final tally to 12.5, while Max Homa recovered from 3-down with seven to play to beat Tom Kim, and Collin Morikawa defeated Mito Pereira 3&2.
"They played great," US captain Davis Love III said, before paying tribute to his opponents. "Trevor and his team did an incredible job of rising to the occasion, especially after the start they had on Thursday.
"I knew standing here last night it was going to be four and four has not been a good number for either side in the Ryder Cup, it hasn't been a good number for the Solheim Cup team. I'd rather it had been three and a half than four.
"But the guys put in a lot of effort over the last three weeks and it's been hard. It kind of becomes the off-season after the Tour Championship and they came in ready to go.
"Fred, Steve, Webb, Zach and I are just always amazed at how prepared these guys are and how hard they work."
A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
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