U.S. wins Presidents Cup for 12th time
The United States sailed to a 12th Presidents Cup victory Sunday by a score of 17.5-12.5 with Xander Schauffele clinching the winning point.
It's the ninth straight victory for the U.S. in the biennial event.
Jordan Spieth was the first American to score a point for his team Sunday with a 4&3 victory over Australian rookie Cam Davis. It capped an undefeated week at Quail Hollow for the 29-year-old. Patrick Cantlay was next with a 3&2 victory over Adam Scott to inch the team closer to the title.
Sam Burns was able to grab half a point in his match with Hideki Matsuyama, while Tony Finau grabbed a 3&1 victory over Taylor Pendrith to get the Americans within one of the win. Schauffele sealed the deal with a 1-up triumph over Corey Conners.
Here's a full list of results from the Sunday singles matches.
Match 1: S. Kim (International) 1-up over Thomas (USA)
Thomas took the early lead Sunday, going 2-up through just four holes, and caried that lead into the turn. However, Kim was able to rally on the back nine, which the Internationals have excelled at this week, tying the match by No. 11.
The match went back and forth throughout the next few holes, right down to No. 18. With similar 10-footers for birdie, Kim was able to drain his while Thomas couldn't do the same, giving the Internationals a big point.
Match 2: Spieth (USA) 4&3 over Davis (International)
Spieth was the first American to win his singles match Sunday with a 4&3 victory over Davis. With the result, Spieth became just the sixth player to go 5-0-0 in Presidents Cup history.
The 29-year-old was dominant all week in his matches alongside Thomas but got off to a slow start in his Sunday singles match. Spieth quickly went 2-down to Davis but was able to bring it back to a tie by the time they made the turn. He won four straight holes from Nos. 11 to 15 to seal the win before the 16th hole.
Match 3: Matsuyama (International) tied with Burns (USA)
Burns probably felt like he pulled off a win Sunday, fighting back from being 2-down to grab half a point in his match with Matsuyama.
The International veteran quickly went 1-up twice over Burns on the front nine and was 2-up by the turn. But Burns rallied to move it back to a tie and briefly went 1-up before Matsuyama brought it back to all square. After an unlucky break when his shot hit a marshal, Matsuyama was unable to drain his birdie chance, and the pair finished their match in a tie.
Despite the blowout by the Americans, Burns failed to win a match, grabbing just two ties and three losses this week.
Match 4: Cantlay (USA) 3&2 over Scott (International)
Cantlay was consistently solid all wStorieseek for the Internationals, winning two of his three matches ahead of Sunday singles.
The World No. 4 - the second-highest ranked player this week at Quail Hollow - grabbed a 1-up lead on the second hole and never looked back. He was 2-up at the turn and went 3-up on three separate occasions before Scott finally ran out of time to mount a comeback. With an eagle at the par-5 16th, Cantlay grabbed a 13th point for the Americans.
Match 5: Munoz (International) 2&1 over Scheffler (USA)
From a ranking perspective, Sebastian Munoz pulled off what seemed nearly impossible going into Sunday with a big win over World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. Munoz, ranked No. 63, defeated the American 2&1 for the International team's ninth point.
The match was highlighted by the two exchanging a pair of 60-feet-plus eagles - Munoz from the bunker while Scheffler rolled in a putt - at the par-4 11th. It was the best shot of Scheffler's week as the Masters winner only provided half a point for his team through four matches at Quail Hollow.
Match 6: Finau (USA) 3&1 over Pendrith (International)
Finau and Pendrith swapped early leads throughout their match before the American grabbed a crucial point for his team with a 3&1 win.
Finau moved ahead early, going 2-up through the first two holes with back-to-back birdies. Pendrith clawed his way back to a tie before going 2-up himself with four winning holes between Nos. 3-7.
Finau had the last laugh on the back nine, as the four-time TOUR winner won four unanswered holes and was 3-up by the time the pair finished on the 17th green. Finau's win brought the Americans to within one of clinching the cup.
Match 7: Schauffele (USA) 1-up over Conners (International)
Conners' struggles at the event continued Sunday against Schauffele in what would prove to be a crucial match.
The pair were tied through five holes, but Schauffele went 2-up by the time the pair made the turn. Conners won three straight holes on the back nine but was unable to keep momentum on his side. The Canadian made bogey on No. 15 to give Schauffele a 1-up lead and failed to win the point back.
Schauffele, the World No. 5, grabbed the title-clinching point for the Americans when he made his par putt on No. 18. Conners' defeat meant both Canadians failed to secure a win or tie in a combined eight matches this week at Quail Hollow.
Match 8: Im (International) 1-up over Young (USA)
Cameron Young got off to a terrible start in the matchup of young stars, as he bogeyed his opening three holes to fall 3-down. He would battle back and tie the contest by the turn with two clutch birdies over the final five holes. The two battled on the closing stretch before Sungjae Im's clutch birdie on the par-4 17th gave him the lead.
Young birdied 18 to put the pressure on his opponent, but the budding Korean superstar matched that to close out the full point.
Match 9: Lee (International) 3&1 over Horschel (USA)
K.H. Lee stormed out of the gates with two wins on the opening two holes to take a lead he'd never relinquish. Billy Horschel's brilliance in the WGC-Match Play is well documented, but he struggled to get anything going at Quail Hollow, failing to break par Sunday.
Lee had a strong 2-0-1 showing in his first Presidents Cup, while Horschel finished the week 1-2-0.
Match 10: Homa (USA) 1-up over Kim (International)
Arguably the most anticipated match of the day didn't disappoint, as Max Homa staged a huge comeback to take down International star Tom Kim. The 20-year-old Korean raced out to a 3-up lead through 11 holes before Homa ripped off four straight holes to flip the match on its head.
Kim had a chance for a tie on the final hole, but his birdie putt slid by to give Homa the full point. The 31-year-old ends his first team event for the United States with a perfect 4-0-0 record.
Match 11: Morikawa (USA) 3&2 over Pereira (International)
Morikawa closed things out with a birdie on the par-5 16th to finish his round a sparkling 6-under. The two-time major winner is now 5-1-1 to start his international career for the United States.
Match 12: Bezuidenhout (International) 2&1 over Kisner (USA)
The Cup was decided well before the end of the anchor match, but Christiaan Bezuidenhout will be pleased to snag a point for the Internationals. Neither he nor Kevin Kisner performed their best, as the South African's score of even par was enough to secure the full point. Kisner, who was the elder statesman on the American team, finished the Presidents Cup with a 0-1-2 record.