Closest Presidents Cup entering singles since 2005


After plenty of fireworks and drama over two sessions on Saturday, the Presidents Cup looks exactly like it did at the start of the day, with the U.S. clinging to a one-point lead over the Internationals. Here are some of the key facts and figures heading into Sunday singles in South Korea, where the U.S. leads 9 ½ to 8 ½:

• Though the International squad has made this competitive with a rousing comeback after a dreadful start, this marks the 24th consecutive session that's ended with the U.S. in the lead.

• On that note, this is the closest Presidents Cup since 2005, which is the last time U.S. did not have lead entering singles. The teams entered that final session tied, and the U.S. went on to win 18 ½ to 15 ½.

• No team has ever won when trailing entering Sunday singles in Presidents Cup history.

• Since 2005, the teams are even in singles play (30 points each; 28-28-4).

• Sangmoon Bae is trying to become the second International player to go undefeated on home soil (Steve Elkington, 1998).

• Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace are the second duo to go a perfect 4-0-0 through the first four sessions of the event. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker did it during a U.S. victory in 2009.

• After defeating Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel in afternoon fourballs, the duo of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are now 3-0-1 in international competition.

• Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson went 2-0-1 as a tandem this week. Mickelson has now won 22 career Presidents Cup points, and sits just two behind Tiger Woods for most in Presidents Cup history.

• The International squad is down only one despite the fact that their two most high-profile stars, Jason Day and Adam Scott, have not yet contibuted a single point.

Information courtesy Golf Channel's Editorial Research Unit