The Americans withstood a late surge by the International squad to win the 2013 Presidents Cup 18.5-15.5. That fact will not be on my list of biggest surprises.
Team USA has only tasted defeat one time in this biennial event since it began in 1994.
To find surprises, I'm turning my attention to the individual golfers, and there were certainly a few of those.
For full results, check out PresidentsCup.com.
|Steve Stricker||Ernie Els||Els, 1-up|
|Hunter Mahan||Hideki Matsuyama||Mahan, 3 and 2|
|Jason Dufner||Brendon de Jonge||Dufner, 4 and 3|
|Brandt Snedeker||Jason Day||Day, 6 and 4|
|Jordan Spieth||Graham DeLaet||DeLaet, 1-up|
|Bill Haas||Adam Scott||Scott, 2 and 1|
|Zach Johnson||Branden Grace||Johnson, 4 and 2|
|Matt Kuchar||Marc Leishman||Leishman, 1-up|
|Tiger Woods||Richard Sterne||Woods, 1-up|
|Keegan Bradley||Charl Schwartzel||Schwartzel, 2 and 1|
|Webb Simpson||Louis Oosthuizen||Halved|
|Phil Mickelson||Angel Cabrera||Cabrera, 1-up|
All stats via PGATour.com.
I was surprised at how poorly Brandt Snedeker played at this event. At the start of this year, Snedeker was the hottest golfer on the planet. He cooled off from that streak after missing time with an injury, but he was playing solid entering this event.
He was eighth at the BMW Championship and 20th at the Tour Championship.
Snedeker won two of the teammate events and lost two. He was then destroyed in singles play, as he lost 6 and 4 to Jason Day.
Snedeker struggled off the tee for much of this event, but it was his work with the flat iron that really bothered me.
On the whole, Snedeker is a wonderful putter. However, he can lose that touch when the pressure is on. He finished 4-of-6 rounds with .284 strokes gained-putting or worse.
It was a disappointing showing for a player with the talent to be one of the game's best.
Brendon de Jonge
Brendon de Jonge has had a solid, yet unspectacular career. His one PGA win came in 2012. This year, he didn't have a PGA finish in the top three but did have four top 10s.
Considering the talent level at this event, little was expected from de Jonge. However, he definitely held his own. He teamed up with Ernie Els to split his four partner matches.
In singles play, he fell to Jason Dufner 4 and 3, but he played solid golf. He was two-under and didn't have a bogey.
De Jonge is not the greatest putter, but as he showed in this tournament, when he's on, his ball-striking is second to none. He also showed he can perform in moments of pressure.
At 33, de Jonge is in his prime golfing years. I wouldn't be shocked to see him get hot and win a major in the next few years. He certainly has the ball-striking.
After winning the 2012 U.S. Open, big things were predicted for the sweet-swinging Webb Simpson. Those big things have yet to transpire. He hasn't won a PGA event since and had just five top 10s in 25 PGA starts this year.
However, if his performance in the Presidents Cup is any indication, he will start fulfilling his promise next year.
In his four partner matches, Simpson won two, lost one and halved the other. In his singles play, he took on one of the International's stars in Louis Oosthuizen and halved the match.
Captain Fred Couples showed great confidence in Simpson all tournament by placing him in high-profile matches, and Simpson responded. It will be interesting to see if he can use this performance to spark him to a big 2014.