Presidents Cup 2017 Leaderboard: USA Clinches 7th Win in a Row

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2017

JERSEY CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 01:  Charlie Hoffman sprays Daniel Berger of the U.S. Team with champagne after Berger defeated Si Woo Kim of South Korea and the International Team on the 17th hole 2&1 to give the U.S. Team the clinching point to win the Presidents Cup during Sunday singles matches at Liberty National Golf Club on October 1, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The United States closed out its dominant performance at the Presidents Cup to win the event for the seventh time in a row.    

A big final day from the International squad cut the score to 19-11, although this was a one-sided performance throughout the weekend at Liberty National Golf Club.

The hosts needed just one point Sunday to clinch the victory, coming in with a 14.5-3.5 lead over the International squad. After Kevin Chappell earned a half point with his tie, Daniel Berger secured the title in his win against Si Woo Kim.

The Golf Channel account celebrated the victory:

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

Start spreading the news. The United States has clinched the 12th #PresidentsCup https://t.co/0PAxApUXLS

There was also some craziness on the greens:

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

When the 🍾 starts flowing, you know it's official. #PresidentsCup https://t.co/C6hQXBQbWl

Here are the results from Sunday's singles matches:

Kevin Chappell (USA) and Marc Leishman (INT) halved

Jason Day (INT) def. Charley Hoffman (USA), 2 and 1

Hideki Matsuyama (INT) def. Justin Thomas (USA), 3 and 1

Daniel Berger (USA) def. Si Woo Kim (INT), 2 and 1

Charl Schwartzel (INT) def. Matt Kuchar (USA), 1 UP

Louis Oosthuizen (INT) def. Patrick Reed (USA), 1 UP

Dustin Johnson (USA) and Branden Grace (INT) halved

Adam Scott (INT) def. Brooks Koepka (USA), 3 and 2

Jhonattan Vegas (INT) def. Jordan Spieth (USA), 2 and 1

Kevin Kisner (USA) and Anirban Lahiri (INT) halved

Phil Mickelson (USA) def. Adam Hadwin (INT), 2 and 1

Rickie Fowler (USA) def. Emiliano Grillo (INT), 6 and 4     


President Donald Trump was in attendance to watch the end of the tournament in Jersey City, New Jersey:

Golfweek @golfweek

President Donald Trump has arrived at the #PresidentsCup! https://t.co/3dhF6t4wu1

He helped present the trophy to the team at the end of Sunday's action:

Sky Sports Golf @SkySportsGolf

US President Donald Trump presents the #PresidentsCup trophy to United States captain Steve Stricker at Liberty National GC. #GolfOnSky https://t.co/YizJtoc4ES

The first three days of competition all went to the Americans, with the Internationals only earning 3.5 points in four rounds of play. Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen combined to win in Thursday's foursomes, while Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim got a win in four-ball on Saturday.

The rest of the points came on halved matches.

There was better play early on for the world team, with Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day all leading on the back nine in their respective matches.

The drama was apparent with these back-to-back shots between Daniel Berger and Si Woo Kim:


The emotions of match play ... #QuickHits https://t.co/FWzUvEgQlC

However, Leishman couldn't close out against Kevin Chappell, bogeying No. 17 to bring things even. A pair of pars on No. 18 meant a halved match and 15 points for the United States.

Day finally put another point on the board for the international team after birdieing No. 17, clinching his win over Charley Hoffman.

As Bob Harig of ESPN.com noted, this broke a disappointing stretch for the Australian:

Bob Harig @BobHarig

Jason Day's singles victory over Charley Hoffman is his first win in last 2 Pres Cups. He's gone 1-7-2 in '15 and '17

Matsuyama followed it up with a 3 and 1 upset over Justin Thomas in an outstanding showing from both players, as Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel noted:

Ryan Lavner @RyanLavnerGC

If only that match meant something: Hideki and JT combined for 15 birdies and an eagle.

There were great shots both sides:


Golf shot. @JustinThomas34 using some creativity around the greens. #QuickHits https://t.co/RlZEArN7GQ


Tree? 🌲 What tree? 🎯 #QuickHits https://t.co/1bl2hOM0us

This only delayed the inevitable, though, as Berger sent his match to dormie and clinched the win for the Americans. This was the official deciding moment in the competition:


.@DanielBerger59 has clinched at least a half point in his match with Si Woo Kim. #QuickHits https://t.co/Du6EggnYeb

Jason Sobel of ESPN.com joked about the lack of drama:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Not quite "Do you believe in miracles?" or "In your life?" or "Yes, sir!" but U.S. wins when Daniel Berger clinches half-point on 15th hole.

Kim kept his match alive a little longer but eventually fell to Berger with a missed putt on No. 17. This was enough to give USA its 16th and decisive point.

South African stars Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen helped create the reasonable final score as part of six singles wins from the global side. However, these came after the match was already decided.

Rickie Fowler closed out the day with his easy victory over Emiliano Grillo, featuring six birdies in just 14 holes.

The United States remains dominant at the Presidents Cup, winning all but two events since its formation in 1994. The Internationals have one win and one tie in 12 competitions. Now the Americans have to gain more consistency in the Ryder Cup against European players.

While the tournament represents the end of the 2017 season, there are no shortage of events around the world, especially in warm climates during the winter months.


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