Match recaps: U.S. wins The Presidents Cup
October 11, 2015
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Bill Haas anchored the United States Team on Sunday as he defeated Sangmoon Bae in the final pairing. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
SONGDO IBD, INCHEON CITY, South Korea -- The Presidents Cup came down to the final hole of the final match. Bill Haas, the son of U.S. Captain Jay Haas, clinched the deciding point, giving a fitting ending to a dramatic day that saw the International Team make a late push for the Cup. The two teams earned six points apiece on Sunday, allowing the U.S. to hang on to its one-point lead. Here's a look at the 12 singles matches on the Presidents Cup's final day:
Patrick Reed (U.S.) halved Louis Oosthuizen (Int.): Louis Oosthuizen never led in the day’s leadoff match, but the day’s only eagle on the final hole allowed him to salvage a half-point. Reed was 2 up after 11 holes, but Oosthuizen squared the match with birdies at 12 and 14. Oosthuizen made bogey at the 16th to fall 1 down, and was still trailing when they reached the 18th tee. Oosthuizen hit his 217-yard second shot on the par-5 to 11 feet and made the putt, though.
Reed’s Presidents Cup record: 1-2-1 (0--0--1 in Singles)
Oosthuizen's Presidents Cup record: 6-3-1 (1-0-1)
Adam Scott (Int.) def. Rickie Fowler (U.S.), 6 and 5: Scott’s romp of Fowler was the first match to finish on the final day. The match was all square through six holes, but then Scott sank birdie putts of 7, 21 and 2 feet on Nos. 7-9 to go 3 up at the turn. He also won the first three holes of the back nine. He made a fourth consecutive birdie at No. 10 and then parred the next two holes. Scott struggled with his putting much of the week, but was better with the short stick Sunday. “I’ve tried not to be reactive and get frustrated this week,” he said. “It’s the first week I’ve putted with the short putter in a while and just getting a feel for it. Today was obviously a good day for that.” Fowler just one hole in their match.
Scott's Presidents Cup record: 13-17-5 (4-3-0)
Fowler's Presidents Cup record: 1-3-0 (0-1-0)
Dustin Johnson (U.S.) def. Danny Lee (Int.), 2 and 1: Lee bogeyed the first three holes to fall 3 down, but slowly clawed his way back against Johnson. The match was all square after Lee holed a 17-foot birdie putt at the 11th hole. Lee took the lead with a birdie at the short par-4 14th, but lost the next three holes with bogeys. “I just kept making mistakes and playing the wrong shots on the first three holes,” Lee said. “I gave my best. We had a good match.”
Johnson's Presidents Cup record: 4-4-1 (1-1-0)
Lee's Presidents Cup record: 1-2-0 (0-1-0)
Hideki Matsuyama (Int.) def. J.B. Holmes (U.S.), 1 up: Matsuyama beat Holmes at his own game, blasting a drive past Holmes at 18 and winning the par-5 with a birdie to win the match. Matsuyama won No. 16 to take a 1-up lead, but Holmes squared the match with a birdie at the next hole. They were both short of the 18th green in two shots. Matsuyama chipped his close, but Holmes left his chip 15 feet short and missed the putt.
Matsuyama's Presidents Cup record: 3-4-2 (1-1-0)
Holmes' Presidents Cup record: 2-2-1 (0-1-0)
Bubba Watson (U.S.) halved Thongchai Jaidee (Int.): Watson won the second hole with a par and led until Jaidee drew all square with a par at No. 17. Watson missed a 5-foot birdie putt at 18 for the win after hitting a masterful bump-and-run chip on the par-5. “I hit a great shot, and then (Watson’s caddie, Ted Scott) had the putt read right and I said, ‘I just can’t see it going that way,’” said Watson, who was 3 up after 10 holes. The miss was reminiscent of the previous day, when Watson missed another short birdie putt at 18 that allowed the International Team to escape with a half-point.
Watson's Presidents Cup record: 5-3-2 (0-1-1)
Jaidee's Presidents Cup record: 1-1-1 (0-0-1)
Steven Bowditch (Int.) def. Jimmy Walker (U.S.), 2 up: Bowditch secured his first point of the week with a back-nine comeback in his singles match. Walker was 1 up at the turn, but Bowditch won Nos. 10-12 to take the lead. Walker won 17 to pull within 1 down with one hole to go, but Bowditch secured the win with a birdie at the final hole. “
Bowditch's Presidents Cup record: 1-2-0 (1-0-0)
Walker's Presidents Cup record: 1-3-0 (0-1-0)
The United States win their ninth Presidents Cup
Phil Mickelson (U.S.) def. Charl Schwartzel (Int.), 5 and 4: Mickelson continued to show he was a wise choice for a Captain’s Pick. Mickelson dominated this showdown of former Masters champions. He won the first two holes with par, and was never less than 2 up after that. Schwartzel won just two holes. Mickelson’s chip-in at 11 was his first birdie of the match. He ended it with another birdie at No. 14. “The fact that I was able to play some of my better golf this week means a lot,” Mickelson said. “I can feel my game starting to turn.”
Mickelson's Presidents Cup record: 22-16-12 (3-5-3)
Schwartzel's Presidents Cup record: 6-7-1 (2-1-0)
Chris Kirk def. Anirban Lahiri, 1 up: Kirk and Lahiri both were 0-2 before the Singles session. Their match was one of Sunday’s most important, and dramatic, though. They were all-square entering the 18th hole. Lahiri hit his chip at the par-5 first, knocking it within 4 feet. Kirk went next, and hit it to 16 feet. Kirk made the putt and exhibited some rare emotion afterward, joking, “That was for everybody who has never seen me fist pump before.” Lahiri’s 4-foot birdie putt lipped out, allowing Kirk to escape with a 1-up win.
Kirk's Presidents Cup record: 1-2-0 (1-0-0)
Lahiri's Presidents Cup record: 0-3-0 (0-1-0)
Marc Leishman def. Jordan Spieth, 1 up: Leishman provided the day’s biggest upset thanks to another back-nine comeback for the International Team. Spieth won the first hole with birdie and was 2 up after a par at No. 2, but Leishman squared the match with a birdie at No. 9. Leishman squared the match with a 17-foot birdie putt at No. 14 and won the next hole to go 1 up. Leishman holed a 7-foot birdie putt at 18 to preserve the victory. “Never give up. I guess, expect the unexpected,” Leishman said. “(I) wasn’t expecting to beat Jordan. I knew I would have to play really well to have a chance. I was able to do it.”
Leishman's Presidents Cup record: 3-4-1 (2-0-0)
Spieth's Presidents Cup record: 5-4-0 (0-2-0)
Zach Johnson def. Jason Day, 3 and 2: Johnson won the match between 2015’s two major winners not named Jordan Spieth. The win capped off a 3-0-1 week for Johnson. “All in all, I played really solid,” Johnson said. “I missed about a 5-footer on 12 for par. Other than that, I didn’t give much. I just hit it in the fairway, played my boring golf.” He won the second hole with a par, and led the rest of the way. Day never got closer than 2 down after the sixth hole. Johnson went 5 up after winning Nos. 10 and 11 with par. He made just two birdies in the match, but it was enough. Day went 0-4-1 this week.
Johnson's Presidents Cup record: 10-6-1 (2-2-0)
Day's Presidents Cup record: 4-8-3 (1-2-0)
Branden Grace (Int.) def. Matt Kuchar, 2 and 1: Grace sealed his 5-0 week with a win over Matt Kuchar in singles. Grace won the first two holes with par and led the entire match. His 62-foot birdie putt at No. 9 put him 5 up. Kuchar won four holes on the back nine – three of them with pars – but it wasn’t enough. “I knew (International Captain Nick Price) put me in the back for a reason,” Grace said. “I didn’t really do anything wrong the first nine. And unfortunately for Kuch, he didn’t play so good on the first nine. But he stepped it up.”
Grace's Presidents Cup record: 5-4-0 (1-1-0)
Kuchar's Presidents Cup record: 4-7-2 (0-3-0)
Bill Haas (U.S.) def. Sangmoon Bae (Int.), 2 up: The Presidents Cup came down to the final hole of the final match. Bae made clutch up-and-downs at 16 and 17 to stay within 1 down. Haas won the final hole, though, after Bae had trouble around the green. Bae was left of the green with his second shot at the par-5 18th, but chunked the chip and ran the next one past the hole. Haas, who found the bunker with his second shot, blasted out to 6 feet to clinch the Cup. “That was the hardest position I’ve ever felt on the golf course in my career, so it feels good to hang on and hit some good shots down the stretch,” Haas said.
Haas' Presidents Cup record: 4-6-3 (1-2-0)
Bae's Presidents Cup record: 2-1-1 (0-1-0)