Second Presidents Cup decided in final match


By winning the Presidents Cup, the United States improved its record in the matches to 9-1-1. That kind of dominance has led many to question whether the Presidents Cup can survive, but the International team kept the competition much closer than usual, ultimately falling by only one point. 

Here are some other takeaways from the past week in South Korea.

• During the time period (1994-present) that the U.S. has gone 9-1-1 in the Presidents Cup, it is 2-8 in the Ryder Cup, and 0-5 on European soil.

• This was just the second Presidents Cup to come down to the final match. The other was the 2003 edition, the only Presidents Cup to end in a tie.

• The one-point margin was the closest since 2003.

• Since 2005, the U.S. and International teams are tied with 36 points apiece in singles matches.

• The U.S.: has led following each of the last 25 Presidents Cup sessions.

Adam Scott’s 6-and-5 win against Rickie Fowler was Scott’s third consecutive singles match win but his only victory this week (he finished with a 1-2-2 record).

• Fowler is a career 0-2-1 in Presidents/Ryder Cup singles matches, and has just one win in 12 career Presidents/Ryder Cup matches (1-6-5).

Phil Mickelson’s 5-and-4 win against Charl Schwartzel was his 23rd career victory at the Presidents Cup.

• It was only his third win in Presidents Cup singles, however, and his first since 2009.

• Mickelson is one win behind Tiger Woods for most all-time (24). 

• In his halve with Thongchai Jaidee, Bubba Watson missed a 4-foot putt to win match on 18th hole. Watson also missed a 4-foot putt on 18 that would have won his Saturday foursomes match.

• Watson is winless in five career singles matches in President/Ryder Cups (0-4-1).

Jimmy Walker finished the week 1-3-0. He went 1-1-3 at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

• After losing to Zach Johnson, 3 and 2, world No. 2 Jason Day finished the week winless (0-4-1).

• Zach Johnson went 3-0-1 this week and is 6-1-1 over the last two Presidents Cups.

Branden Grace went 5-0-0 this week and is only the fifth player in Presidents Cup history to do it (and the first to do it for a losing side).

• In Grace’s 2013 Presidents Cup debut, he went 0-4-0.

• After losing to Marc Leishman, 1 down, world No. 1 Jordan Spieth is 0-3-0 in singles matches in his Presidents/Ryder Cup career.

• Spieth’s defeat marked the first time the world No. 1 player lost his Presidents Cup singles match since 2007 (Tiger Woods was defeated by Mike Weir, 1 up, that year).

Bill Haas is the second captain’s pick to clinch the Presidents Cup, joining Tiger Woods in 2011.

• Haas’ victory against Sangmoon Bae was Haas’ first win this week and Bae’s first loss.

• The two top-ranked Americans in the world ranking, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson, are a combined 0-7-1 in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup singles.

Information courtesy Golf Channel's Editorial Research Unit