Planet Golf — 11 October 2015 by GW staff and news services
Presidents Cup: Final day wrap
DAY FOUR – RESULTS
Singles Matches – United States – 6, Internationals, 6
Overall – United States – 15.5, Internationals, 14.5
Match 19 Patrick Reed (U.S.) halved his match with Louis Oosthuizen (International)
Match 20 Adam Scott (International) defeated Rickie Fowler (U.S.), 6 and 5
Match 21 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) defeated Danny Lee (International), 2 and 1
Match 22 Hideki Matsuyama (International) defeated  J.B. Holmes (U.S.), 1 up
Match 23 Bubba Watson (U.S.) halved his match with Thongchai Jaidee (International)
Match 24 Steven Bowditch (International) defeated Jimmy Walker (U.S.), 2 up
Match 25 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) defeated Charl Schwartzel (International), 5 and 4
Match 26 Chris Kirk (U.S.) defeated Anirban Lahiri (International), 1 up
Match 27 Marc Leishman (International) defeated Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 1 up
Match 28 Zach Johnson (U.S.) defeated Jason Day (International), 3 and 2
Match 29 Branden Grace (International) defeated Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 2 and 1
Match 30 Bill Haas (U.S.) defeated Sangmoon Bae (International), 2 up
DAY THREE – AFTERNOON RESULTS
Four-Ball Matches – United States – 2, Internationals, 2
Overall – United States – 9 ½, Internationals 8 ½
Match 15 Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace (International) defeated Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes (U.S.), 1-up
Match 16 Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson (U.S.) defeated Adam Scott/Anirban Lahiri (International), 3 and 2
Match 17 Sangmoon Bae/Hideki Matsuyama (International) defeated Jimmy Walker/Chris Kirk (U.S.), 6 and 5
Match 18 Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) defeated Jason Day/Charl Schwartzel, 3 and 2
DAY THREE – MORNING RESULTS
Foursomes Matches – United States – 2, Internationals, 2
Overall – United States – 7 ½, Internationals 6 ½
Match 11          Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace (International) defeated Patrick Reed/Rickie Fowler (U.S.), 3 and 2
Match 12 Adam Scott/Marc Leishman (International) halved with Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes (U.S.)
Match 13 Sangmoon Bae/Hideki Matsuyama (International) halved with Bill Haas/Matt Kuchar (U.S.)
Match 14 Dustin Johnson/Jordan Spieth (U.S.) defeated Jason Day/Charl Schwartzel (International), 1 up
DAY TWO – RESULTS
Four-Ball Matches – United States 1 ½ , Internationals 3 ½
Overall – United States – 5 ½, Internationals 4 ½
Match 6   Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace (International) defeated Dustin Johnson/Jordan Spieth (U.S.), 4 and 3
Match 7   Danny Lee/Sangmoon Bae (International) defeated Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker (U.S.), 1 up
Match 8   Adam Scott/Jason Day (International) halved with Zach Johnson/Phil Mickelson (U.S.)
Match 9   J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson (U.S.) defeated Marc Leishman/Steven Bowditch (International), 2 up
Match 10 Thongchai Jaidee/Charl Schwartzel (International) defeated Bill Haas/Chris Kirk (U.S.), 2 and 1
DAY ONE – RESULTS
Foursomes Matches – United States 4, Internationals 1
Match 1   Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes (U.S.) defeated Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (International), 3 and 2
Match 2   Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace (International) defeated Matt Kuchar/Patrick Reed, 3 and 2
Match 3   Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker (U.S.) defeated Anirban Lahiri/Thongchai Jaidee, 5 and 4
Match 4   Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson (U.S.) defeated Jason Day/Steven Bowditch, 2 up
Match 5   Jordan Spieth/Dustin Johnson (U.S.) defeated Danny Lee/Marc Leishman, 4 and 3
Note: Presidents Cup rookies (10) are in bold
The U.S. won the 11th playing of The Presidents Cup 15.5-14.5, improving its record to 9-1-1 in the event, with the only International win coming in 1998 and 2003 ending in a tie. It was the closest final result since that tie in 2003.
The Singles matches ended up in a 6 to 6 tie, the fourth time the two sides have tied on the final day (1996, 1998, 2011, 2015). In 1996, the U.S. Team also carried a one-point lead into the singles matches and they finished in a 6-6 tie during the final session.
The matches came down to the final match on the final hole for the third time, as Sangmoon Bae and Bill Haas’ match decided The Presidents Cup (2003, 2005). In 1996, the Presidents Cup was decided by the final group, but on the 17th hole, with Fred Couples winning 2 and 1.
Haas clinched The Presidents Cup for the U.S. Team, the second time a Captain’s Pick has claimed the deciding point (Tiger Woods – 2011). With the match coming down to the last group, the clinching point was going to be won by a Captain’s Pick as Haas was playing Korea’s Bae, also a Captain’s Pick.
The one-point differential was the closest the matches have been heading into Singles since the two teams were tied in 2005.
2015                        U.S. 9.5                   International 8.5           U.S. +1
2013                        U.S. 14                    International 8              U.S. +6
2011                        U.S. 13                    International 9              U.S. +4
2009                        U.S. 12.5                  International 9.5           U.S. +3
2007                        U.S. 14.5                  International 7.5           U.S. +7
2005                        U.S. 11                    International 11                        Tied
2003                        International 12. 5    U.S. 9.5                        U.S. +3
2000                        U.S. 14                    International 6              U.S. +8
1998                        International 14.5     U.S. 5.5                        Int’l +9
1996                        U.S. 10.5                  International 9.5           U.S. +1
1994                        U.S. 12                    International 8              U.S. +4
There were 10 players making their debut in The Presidents Cup, which is tied for the second-most ever in the history of the event. There were 11 in 2013 and 10 in 2003, 2011 and this year.
Captains’ Picks – Final Records:
            Player                   Foursomes         Four-ball          Singles        Overall
            Bill Haas               0-0-1                 0-1-0                1-0-0          1-1-1
            Phil Mickelson      1-0-0                 1-0-1                1-0-0          3-0-1
            Steven Bowditch   0-1-0                 0-1-0                1-0-0          1-2-0
            Sangmoon Bae      0-0-1                 2-0-0                0-1-0          2-1-1
The Captain’s Picks went a combined 7-4-3 for the week, with both Haas and Mickelson finishing undefeated. It is the most wins for a group of Captain’s Picks since 2007, when Nick O’Hern / Mike Weir (International), and Lucas Glover / Hunter Mahan (U.S.) combined for an 8-11-1 record.
The most points scored by a Captain’s Pick in Presidents Cup history:
            4 points – David Duval (U.S.), 1996, 4-0-0
            3-1/2 points – Justin Leonard (INT), 2005, 3-1-1
            3-1/2 points – Mike Weir (INT), 2007, 3-1-1
            3-1/2 points – Phil Mickelson (U.S.), 2015, 3-0-1
Match 19
Patrick Reed (U.S.) halved his match with Louis Oosthuizen (International)
Louis Oosthuizen reached the 18th hole for the second consecutive day (he had not reached the last two holes through the first three matches), and was 1 down to Patrick Reed on the tee. He made eagle on the hole to halve the match and finish with a 4-0-1 record for the week.
The two players traded birdies all day until Oosthuizen’s eagle to win the match. Only three holes were won with pars in the match.
In Presidents Cup history, the International Team had only had four players go undefeated prior to this week. Two players joined that list at the 2015 event:
1998- Shigeki Maruyama (5-0-0) and Steve Elkington (3-0-2)
2005- Retief Goosen (4-0-1)
2009- Vijay Singh (2-0-3)
2015- Louis Oosthuizen (4-0-1) and Branden Grace (5-0-0)
Reed had a tough week in his first Presidents Cup, losing two points and winning just 1 ½ points in four matches.
Oosthuizen’s Presidents Cup record: 6-3-1
Oosthuizen’s Foursomes record: 2-2-0
Oosthuizen’s Four-Ball record: 3-1-0
Oosthuizen’s Singles Record: 1-0-1
Reed’s Presidents Cup record: 1-2-1
Reed’s Foursomes Cup record: 0-2-0
Reed’s Four-Ball record: 1-0-0
Reed’s Singles record: 0-0-1
Match 20
Adam Scott (International) defeated Rickie Fowler (U.S.), 6 and 5
Adam Scott took control of his match against Rickie Fowler on the second hole and never trailed in his victory over Rickie Fowler. He birdied four-straight holes (7 through 10) to take a 4-up lead and then won a fifth-consecutive hole on No. 11 and a sixth-consecutive on No. 12.
The win improves Scott’s Singles record to 4-3-0, and it was by far his biggest victory in Singles competition. Scott has losing or .500 records in both of the team formats. With 14 wins, Scott is now tied with Retief Goosen for the third-most wins in the history of the International Team (Ernie Els – 20, Vijay Singh – 16).
Fowler ends his week 1-3-0 in his first Presidents Cup action, capturing his lone point on Day One Foursomes with Jimmy Walker, as they defeated Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee 5 and 4.
Scott’s Presidents Cup record: 13-17-5
Scott’s Foursomes record: 4-8-2
Scott’s Four-Ball record: 5-6-3
Scott’s Singles record: 4-3-0
Fowler’s Presidents Cup record: 1-3-0
Fowler’s Foursomes record: 1-1-0
Fowler’s Four-Ball record: 0-1-0
Fowler’s Singles record: 0-1-0
Match 21
Dustin Johnson (U.S.) defeated Danny Lee (International), 2 and 1
Dustin Johnson took an early lead, winning the first three holes against Danny Lee before a furious charge from Lee drew the match all square on the 11th hole. Lee then took a 1-up lead, but he was derailed by three-straight bogeys.
Johnson improved his record for the week to 3-1-0 and picked up his first Singles win (1-1-0). His overall record is now 4-4-1.
Lee’s rally wasn’t enough in the match, and he finished 1-2-0 for the week.
Johnson’s Presidents Cup record: 4-4-1
Johnson’s Foursomes Cup record: 3-0-1
Johnson’s Four-Ball record: 0-3-0
Johnson’s Singles record: 1-1-0
Lee’s Presidents Cup record: 1-2-0
Lee’s Foursomes record: 0-1-0
Lee’s Four-Ball record: 1-0-0
Lee’s Singles record: 0-1-0
Match 22
Hideki Matsuyama (International) defeated  J.B. Holmes (U.S.), 1 up
Hideki Matsuyama overcame a 2-down deficit on the back nine to defeat J.B. Holmes 1 up. Matsuyama hit a wedge to 2 feet, 10 inches to seal a birdie at the closing Par-5.
Matsuyama improved his record for the week to 2-1-1, his only loss coming in foursomes on Day One, where he was paired with Adam Scott and the pair was defeated by Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes, 3 and 2.
Holmes, a Captain’s pick , finished the week with a 2-2-1 record in his first Presidents Cup.
Matsuyama’s Presidents Cup record: 3-4-2
Matsuyama’s Foursomes record: 1-2-1
Matsuyama’s Four-Ball record: 1-1-1
Matsuyama’s Singles record: 1-1-0
Holmes’ Presidents Cup record: 2-2-1
Holmes’ Foursomes record: 1-0-1
Holmes’ Four-Ball record: 1-1-0
Holmes’ Singles record: 0-1-0
Match 23
Bubba Watson (U.S.) halved his match with Thongchai Jaidee (International)
Bubba Watson never trailed to Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, getting as much as 3 up through 10 holes before Jaidee birdied the 11th and 12th , and won the 17th with a par to draw even heading to the 18th hole. After hitting his drive in the water, Jaidee reached the green with his third shot, setting up a two-putt par. Watson had a chance to seal the match with a 5 foot, 11 inch birdie putt, but missed it to the right and leading to a halved point.
Watson finished 2-1-2 for the week in his second Presidents Cup – he has finished with a winning or .500 winning percentage in both of his Presidents Cup appearances (3-2-0 in 2011). Watson is now 1-1-0 in Singles competition and is undefeated in Foursomes (3-0-1).
Jaidee finished 1-1-1 in his first Presidents Cup.
Watson’s Presidents Cup record: 5-3-2
Watson’s Foursomes record: 3-0-1
Watson’s Four-Ball record: 2-2-0
Watson’s Singles record: 0-1-1
Jaidee’s Presidents Cup record: 1-1-1
Jaidee’s Four-Ball record: 1-0-0
Jaidee’s Singles record: 0-0-1
Match 24
Steven Bowditch (International) defeated Jimmy Walker (U.S.), 2 up
It was a tale of two nines in this match, as Jimmy Walker took control on the front nine, taking a 2-up lead on No. 8, but Bowditch birdied 9, 11 and 14, and he worked his way to a 3-up lead through No. 14. Walker fought back 1-down heading into the final hole, but Bowditch finished with a birdie to win his first point of the week and first of his Presidents Cup career.
Walker and Bowditch finished with a 1-3-0 record in their  first Presidents Cup.
Bowditch’s Presidents Cup record: 1-2-0
Bowditch’s Foursomes record: 0-1-0
Bowditch’s Four-Ball record: 0-1-0
Bowditch’s Singles record: 1-0-0
Walker’s Presidents Cup record: 1-3-0
Walker’s Foursomes record: 1-0-0
Walker’s Four-Ball record: 0-2-0
Walker’s Singles record: 0-1-0
Match 25
Phil Mickelson (U.S.) defeated Charl Schwartzel (International), 5 and 4
Phil Mickelson capped off a memorable week by drubbing Schwartzel, closing out the match on the 14th hole. Mickelson was bogey-free today, and finished the week with a 3-0-1 record, tied for the second best performance for a Captain’s Pick in Presidents Cup history.
The most points scored by a Captain’s Pick in Presidents Cup history:
            4 points – David Duval (U.S.), 1996, 4-0-0
            3-1/2 points – Justin Leonard (INT), 2005, 3-1-1
            3-1/2 points – Mike Weir (INT), 2007, 3-1-1
            3-1/2 points – Phil Mickelson (U.S.), 2015, 3-0-1
Mickelson has now won 23 matches in his Presidents Cup career, one shy of Tiger Woods’ record of 24.
Mickelson has gone undefeated three times in his Presidents Cup career (2015, 2009, 2005).
Schwartzel lost his first singles match of his Presidents Cup career and falls to 2-1-0 in three appearances.
Mickelson’s Presidents Cup record: 22-16-12
Mickelson’s Foursomes record: 11-6-3
Mickelson’s Four-Ball record: 9-5-6
Mickelson’s Singles record: 3-5-3
Schwartzel’s Presidents Cup record: 1-3-0
Schwartzel’s Foursomes record: 0-4-1
Schwartzel’s Four-Ball record: 4-2-0
Schwartzel’s Singles record: 0-1-0
Match 26
Chris Kirk (U.S.) defeated Anirban Lahiri (International), 1 up
In a matchup of Presidents Cup rookies, Chris Kirk never trailed against India’s Anirban Lahiri. After Lahiri won the 14th hole to draw the match to even, the two went to the 18th hole all square with a crucial point on the line. Kirk birdied the hole and Lahiri was unable to convert a short birdie putt of his own to halve the match.
Kirk’s birdie on the 18th hole was dramatic, as he holed a putt of 15 feet, 9 inches that dropped in the right side of the hole.
Kirk’s win was the first of the week for him, and Lahiri finished the week winless for the International Team.
Kirk’s Presidents Cup record: 1-2-0
Kirk Foursomes record: 0-0-0
Kirk Four-Ball record: 0-2-0
Kirk’s Singles record: 1-0-0
Lahiri’s Presidents Cup record: 0-3-0
Lahiri’s Foursomes record: 0-1-0
Lahiri’s Four-ball record: 0-1-0
Lahiri Singles record: 0-1-0
Match 27
Marc Leishman (International) defeated Jordan Spieth (U.S.), 1 up
Australian Marc Leishman won his first full point of this year’s Presidents Cup at a crucial time, defeating reigning FedExCup, U.S Open and Masters champion, Jordan Spieth 1 up. Spieth jumped out to a quick lead, winning the first two holes, but Leishman fought back, squaring the match by the ninth. The momentum turned when Spieth hit his drive in the hazard on the short Par-4 seventh, and Leishman was able to hold on.
Leishman is 2-0-0 in Singles competition in his Presidents Cup career, defeating Matt Kuchar 1 up in 2013 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
Spieth, also playing in his second Presidents Cup, is still searching for his first Singles win, but he did finish 3-2-0 for the week.
Leishman’s Presidents Cup record: 3-4-1
Leishman’s Foursomes Cup record: 1-2-1
Leishman’s Four-Ball record: 0-2-0
Leishman’s Singles record: 2-0-0
Spieth’s Presidents Cup record: 5-4-0
Spieth’s Foursomes record: 3-0-0
Spieth’s Four-Ball record: 2-2-0
Spieth’s Singles record: 0-2-0
Match 28
Zach Johnson (U.S.) defeated Jason Day (International), 3 and 2
Zach Johnson was never in serious trouble in his match against world No. 2 and five-time season winner and PGA Champion, Jason Day. The Open Champion was 5-up through 11, before Day cut into the lead, drawing as close as 2 down with three to go. But in the end, his par on the 16th hole sealed his victory and an undefeated week (3-0-1).
This is the first time in Johnson’s career that he finished undefeated at The Presidents Cup.
Day did not have a good week for the International Team, finishing 0-4-1 and twice losing to Johnson. In two previous Presidents Cups, he had a total of four losses combined.
Johnson’s Presidents Cup record: 10-6-1
Johnson’s Foursomes record: 5-2-0
Johnson’s Four-Ball record: 3-2-1
Johnson’s Singles record: 2-2-0
Day’s Presidents Cup record: 4-8-3
Day’s Foursomes record: 0-4-2
Day’s Four-Ball record: 3-2-1
Day’s Singles record: 1-2-0
Match 29
Branden Grace (Internationals) defeated Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 2 and 1
Branden Grace finished off a perfect week, defeating a winless Matt Kuchar 2 and 1 to finish the week a perfect 5-0-0. His performance is especially impressive, considering he was 0-4-0 just two years ago at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio.
Grace becomes the fifth player to finish the week a perfect 5-0-0, joining Mark O’Meara (U.S., 1996), Shigeki Maruyama (International, 1998), Tiger Woods (U.S., 2009) and Jim Furyk (U.S., 2011).
Kuchar was winless for the week, earning a half-point during the week on Day Three Foursomes with Bill Haas. He remains winless in three Singles matches in his Presidents Cup career.
Grace’s Presidents Cup record: 5-4-0
Grace’s Foursomes record: 2-1-0
Grace’s Four-Ball record: 2-2-0
Grace’s Singles record: 1-1-0
Kuchar’s Presidents Cup record: 4-7-2
Kuchar’s Foursomes record: 1-3-2
Kuchar’s Four-Ball record: 3-1-0
Kuchar’s Singles record: 0-3-0
Match 30
Bill Haas (U.S.) defeated Sangmoon Bae (International), 2 up
As a Captain’s Pick and U.S. Captain Jay Haas’ son, Bill Haas came up big when it mattered most, clinching The Presidents Cup on the final green in the final pairing against Korean Sangmoon Bae, who was trying to clinch it for his team on his home turf.  Bae was 1-down on the final hole, but a chunked chip eventually sealed the International Team’s fate, handing the U.S. Team the Cup for the ninth time.
If Bae had managed to win the hole and halve the match, The Presidents Cup would have ended in a tie and the teams would have shared the cup.
The matches came down to the final match on the final hole for the third time, as Bae and Haas’ match decided the Presidents Cup (2003, 2005). In 1996, the Presidents Cup was decided by the final group, but on the 17th hole, with Fred Couples winning 2 and 1.
Haas clinched The Presidents Cup for the U.S. Team, the second time a Captain’s Pick has claimed the deciding point (Tiger Woods – 2011). One way or another, the clinching point was going to be won by a Captain’s Pick as he and Bae were both Captain’s Picks.
Bae’s loss to Haas was the first of his Presdents Cup career. The Korean native was looking to bring the International Team their second Presidents Cup on his home turf. He played well all week, finishing with a 2-1-1 record.
Haas’ Presidents Cup record: 4-6-3
Haas’ Foursomes record: 1-2-2
Haas’ Four-Ball record: 2-2-1
Haas’ Singles record: 1-2-0

 

Bae’s Presidents Cup record: 2-1-1

Bae’s Foursomes record: 0-0-1

Bae’s Four-Ball record: 2-0-0

Bae’s Singles record: 0-1-0

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