5 iconic moments in Presidents Cup history
The Presidents Cup may not have the illustrious history of its counterpart, the Ryder Cup, but that doesn't mean the biennial event doesn't produce its share of thrilling moments.
As we approach the event - which pits the U.S. against a team of the best Internationals (excluding Europe) - for the first time in three years, let's take a look at some of the most iconic moments from the past 13 editions.
Tiger's quick handshake (2019)
Let's start with a recent one.
In the lead-up to the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia, rookie International player Abraham Ancer was asked who he'd like to play against in the Sunday singles matches. Ancer's answer? Tiger Woods. And it didn't go over well.
The newcomer's choice was perceived as though he believed he could take on the world's best. So, as Sunday arrived - playing captain Woods chose himself to take on Ancer. By the time the two approached the 16th green, Woods had a putt to end the match. Before his ball dropped cleanly into the cup, Woods had already turned around and begun taking off his hat, about to extend his hand to shake Ancer's.
Internationals get a win (1998)
The last Presidents Cup of the 90s was an exceptional year for the event, though it may not have been apparent at the time. While it was already special as the first tournament held outside of the U.S., it also became the first and only time the Internationals have beaten their opponents.
It was a convincing victory for captain Peter Thomson and Co., who hold the second-largest margin of victory (nine). The team featuring the likes of Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Vijay Singh, and Nick Price won 20.5 to 11.5 over a star-studded U.S. team that included Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, and David Duval.
Weir takes down Woods (2007)
While the International team lost the 2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal in Canada, one player enjoyed a moment that probably eased the pain a bit.
Mike Weir, Canada's most successful men's professional golfer and the only Canadian man to win a major, took down Woods in Day 4's singles matches.
After Weir made a birdie at the 17th hole, the pair arrived tied at the 18th tee. Woods hit his tee shot into the water and failed to hole a chip to save par, handing Weir the match. The moment ultimately couldn't change the larger outcome, but Weir's performance certainly didn't go unnoticed.
The playoff that wouldn't end (2003)
The 2003 Presidents Cup is probably the most thrilling edition to date. The International team - captained by Gary Player - found itself all square with Jack Nicklaus' U.S. group after Day 4's singles matches had concluded.
Woods and hometown favorite Els were chosen to go head to head in a sudden death playoff to determine the winning team. Darkness took over the course after both players made par in three playoff holes, forcing Player and Nicklaus to make a tough decision. It was getting too dark to continue, and there was no clear end in sight. So after some deliberation, the event in South Africa was declared a tie, and the two teams shared the cup for the first time in the event's history.
Tiger's club twirl (2009)
Woods has no shortage of famous celebrations, and his iconic club twirl while sticking his approach at the 2009 Presidents Cup in San Francisco is definitely one for the books.
During his foursomes match on the third day, Woods hit a beautiful approach on the 18th hole to set up a straightforward putt and seal the win for him and Steve Stricker over Weir and Tim Clark. While the approach itself was great, it's Woods' club twirl that he held in place while walking that remains in the memory of golf fans everywhere.
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