Team USA romps to 12th Presidents Cup win over Internationals

Adam Scott is yet to win a Presidents Cup after 10 attempts but was adamant there was enough “heart” from his new-look International team to show that next time won’t be so easy for the rampaging US outfit.

The Sunday miracle Scott and his captain Trevor Immelman hoped for failed to materialise at Quail Hollow as the Aussie veteran and countryman Cam Davis both lost their singles matches as team USA extended its winning streak to 24 years.

Both teams were without players who had defected to LIV Golf, but the absence hurt the Internationals more, with British Open champ Cameron Smith watching on from home in Florida as the Americans won six of the 12 final matches to romp to victory, 17.5 points to 12.5.

The odds were heavily stacked against the Internationals, with the star-packed American outfit boasting 10 of the world’s top-16 players.

But after a Saturday surge to liven up the contest, the Internationals weren’t without their moments and some big Sunday wins, including Si Woo Kim taking , over Justin Thomas, and Sebastian Munoz, who took down world No.1 Scottie Scheffer, gave Scott, who may not be playing in 2024 in Montreal, high hopes for the future.

“I think you‘re seeing a lot of guys here who will be returning on the next one. If they don’t, they will have tried their ass off to get on this team,” he said.

“And the week when they put it together and they‘ve got the heart, I think the U.S. team’s really going to be up for a helluva fight.”

Davis, who finished his debut Presidents Cup with two wins from five matches, said the entire week had been “unreal” and that every experience was going to help him when he returns.

“I think all of us experienced something that we haven‘t quite experienced at this point unless we have been in contention in a major,” he said.,

“I think a lot of us younger guys are trying to get as many of those experiences as we can, and this is just a massive stepping stone in learning about yourself.

“You‘re in a high pressure situation, four days in a row, and you’re learning a lot about yourself. I think we learned a lot of really good things about ourselves to take forward because this was awesome.

“I mean, we all want to be a part of this in the future because this was probably one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives. So it‘s been unreal.”

Immelman also staunchly defended his underdog team which “showed a lot of guts” to take the fight up to the winners.

“This week, you know, we were in a tough spot on Friday. We showed a lot of guts to fight back. At some point, I don‘t know about you guys, but at some point this afternoon, I thought there was still a chance,” he said.

“And when you consider that we were 8-2 down on Friday evening, this team is no joke, and I‘m sick and tired of it being spoken of as a joke.

“We love this event, and we love our team, and we cannot wait to run this back and have another shot.”

It was a 12th win for the Americans in 14 instalments of the Presidents Cup, the lone Internationals win coming in 1998 when Greg Norman, the man who lured Smith and others to LIV Golf, was a team member.

A day three rally from Immelman’s men, which made the score 11-7 going into the final day, had raised hopes of that losing drought ending.

The Internationals stayed in the fight with early wins to Kim and Munoz. But losses for both Scott and Davis, against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay respectively, put the trophy within touching distance for the home team.

Tony Finau and Tokyo Olympics champion Xander Schauffele then took their matches to clinch the 15 points needed to retain the Presidents Cup.

The final romp was the early week prediction, with 10 of the world’s 16 top-ranked players playing for Team USA. With Smith ruled ineligible for the Internationals, Hideki Matsuyama (17) and Sungjae Im (19) were the only team member inside the world’s top 20.

Singles Results

Si Woo Kim (INT) def. Justin Thomas (U.S.), 1-up

Jordan Spieth (U.S.) def. Cam Davis (INT), 4 and 3

Sam Burns (U.S.) and Hideki Matsuyama (INT) tied

Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) def. Adam Scott (INT), 3 and 2

Sebastian Munoz (INT) def. Scottie Scheffler (U.S.), 2 and 1

Tony Finau (U.S.) def. Taylor Pendrith (INT), 3 and 1

Xander Schauffele (U.S.) def. Corey Conners (INT), 1-up

Sungjae Im (INT) def. Cameron Young (U.S.), 1-up

K.H. Lee (INT) def. Billy Horschel (U.S.), 3 and 1

Max Homa (U.S.) def. Tom Kim (INT), 1-up

Collin Morikawa (U.S.) def. Mito Pereira (INT), 3 and 2

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (INT) def. Kevin Kisner (U.S.), 2 and 1

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