Jersey City, N.J – The 2017 edition of the Presidents Cup was lopsided in favor of the Red, White & Blue from the outset on Thursday, with the focus shifting quickly to just how dominant the U.S victory would be, rather than the competition with the Internationals.
The setting at Liberty National Golf Club which is loaded with panoramic views of Manhattan and iconic American landmarks like Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty set the tone for a very patriotic atmosphere for the biennial matches. Although a rout of epic proportions was on, the Internationals did show their pride on Sunday, winning the singles competition by a tally of 7 1/2 to 4 1/2. Only Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Rickie Fowler won their singles matches on the way to an 8 point triumph, USA 19 – Internationals 11.
It was Berger who clinched the winning point and the Presidents Cup for the United States by defeating Si Woo Kim 2&1, which was the 4th singles match out on Sunday (making it the second fastest clinch in the events history).
Three Americans were undefeated for the week: Dustin Johnson 4.5 points, Phil Mickelson 3.5 points and Kevin Kisner 3 points. The only player on Team USA with a losing record was Charley Hoffman.
USA Team Captain Steve Stricker reflected on the week, “It’s been a great ride, it’s been a lot of hardwork from everybody involved – the players, the assistant captains, it was just a great group of guys who played so well together, said Stricker. “They came in here riding a ton of momentum, a ton of confidence and it was just about getting out of their way.”
In the end, the only star that shined brighter than “Team Stars and Stripes” was the New York City skyline, Lady Liberty and the club at Liberty National.
Kudos to the PGA Tour, and Presidents Cup Chairman Charlie Zink for bringing the event to such a memorable venue.
The win was the seventh straight Presidents Cup for the Americans. It was the third and final captains appearance for Nick Price of the International squad.
The 2019 matches will take place at Royal Melbourne in Australia.