Report cards: 2015 International Presidents Cup team



Sangmoon Bae (2-1-1)

Sang-Moon Bae
Grade B

Skinny: Considering the moment, with the South Korean playing in his final professional event before he reports for two years of mandatory military service, Bae’s week was impressive, but most will remember his misplayed chip shot at the last to drop the deciding match.

Steven Bowditch (1-2-0)

Cristie Kerr
Grade C-

Skinny: He didn’t play well with Day, he didn’t play well with Leishman, and he didn’t play at all on Saturday. Still, he rallied on Sunday against Jimmy Walker for a 2-up victory to tie the matches at 12 ½ points apiece.

Jason Day (0-4-1)

Jason Day
Grade D-

Skinny: He lost to Jordan Spieth twice, played with three different partners, failed to earn a full point and was hammered by Zach Johnson on Sunday, 3 and 2. It was not what Price expected from the world No. 2.

Branden Grace (5-0-0)

Branden Grace
Grade A+

Skinny: The International’s man of the matches secured a crucial point late Saturday against the American power pairing of J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson and cruised past Matt Kuchar on Sunday, 2 and 1. He is just the fifth player in President Cup history to go 5-0.

Thongchai Jaidee (1-1-1)

Thongchai Jaidee
Grade B

Skinny: Largely hidden in Price’s lineup, the 45-year-old rookie was sneaky good, particularly on Sunday when he rallied from 3 down with eight to play to halve his singles match against Bubba Watson.

Anirban Lahiri (0-3-0)

Anirban Lahiri
Grade D-

Skinny: The first player from India to participate in the Presidents Cup never seemed comfortable. His missed 4-footer on Sunday at the last, which handed the U.S. a crucial full point, will be replayed for some time.

Danny Lee (1-2-0)

Danny Lee
Grade D

Skinny: After two difficult days, Price benched the rookie on Saturday, figuring, “I think he's strung out.” Lee's rally on Sunday against Dustin Johnson came up two holes short.

Marc Leishman (1-2-1)

Marc Leishman
Grade C+

Skinny: It was a relatively quiet week for the Australian, with poor showings in team play while paired with Lee and Bowditch. He nonetheless delivered on Sunday with a surprising victory over world No. 1 Jordan Spieth.

Hideki Matsuyama (2-1-1)

Hideki Matsuyama
Grade B-

Skinny: He found a partner in Bae for the final two sessions and won four of the last seven holes against J.B. Holmes on Sunday to help keep the International’s rally alive.

Louis Oosthuizen (4-0-1)

Louis Oosthuizen
Grade A

Skinny: Struggling with a muscle strain that forced him to withdraw from the Tour Championship, the South African teamed with Grace to become the first International tandem to go 4-0-0. He completed his week with an eagle at the last to halve his singles match against Patrick Reed.

Adam Scott (1-2-2)

Adam Scott
Grade C+

Skinny: The Australian has now had 11 different partners in seven Presidents Cup and is still searching, but he drew some of the International side’s toughest assignments and rolled over Rickie Fowler, 6 and 5, on Sunday.

Charl Schwartzel (1-3-0)

Charl Schwartzel
Grade D+

Skinny: He struggled when paired with Day, going 0-2 on Saturday with the International’s top-ranked player, and got run over by Phil Mickelson on Sunday, damaging what had been a solid Presidents Cup record.

Nick Price, Captain

Nick Price
Grade B

Skinny: Although the outcome was familiar, Price’s mission was to get his team to Sunday with a chance to win. Tthe International’s one-point deficit heading into the final frame was at least a qualified success. He will, however, be questioned for leading off with foursome play, benching Bae on Day 1, and producing a curious Sunday lineup.