United States clinch Presidents Cup over International team

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The results were all too familiar.

The White House announced his surprise stop to present the golf trophy Sunday morning after he spent another weekend at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

The one-sided margin of the Presidents Cup does not mean the event is broken, said Jordan Spieth as the Americans took a virtually unassailable 11-point lead on Saturday. "They could be around together for a long time".

"We thought about him a little bit", Stricker said.

"And I think that's a really good goal for our team (Sunday) - try and win the session".

Dustin Johnson tweaked Spieth about his singles record, saying, "How does it feel to be 0-5 in singles?" They trailed by one after 14 holes and saw that the worldwide team had lost or was losing the other matches.

Jhonattan Vegas earned a hard fought and impressive 2&1 win over three-time major victor Jordan Spieth to consign this year's The Open victor to a first loss of the week and Branden Grace claimed a half point against the world No 1 Dustin Johnson after a concession by the American at the 18th.

Fourteen-time major victor Tiger Woods is an assistant to United States captain Steve Stricker, along with Fred Couples, Davis Love and Jim Furyk.

"We play these team events every second year and the USA team plays every year".

Then the Americans came back, as they have around the turn all week.

Two years ago the missed four-footer cost Internationals the chance to share the Presidents Cup. Phil Mickelson was the most experienced of any participant, having appeared in 51 matches as a member of the USA team.

Mickelson's only complaint was that he botched his selfie with the presidents, with barely his head showing. Otherwise, not one of the singles matches - normally the most dramatic phase of worldwide team play - would have mattered at all.

"We've played so much golf together and spent so much time around each other that we are pretty comfortable", Thomas said. "We've got a great team".

The stars on this day didn't hit a shot. Si-Woo played great and carried me for the first 15 holes.

"I only stopped it because our fans were screaming at it, to like, keep going; just to shut everybody up", Spieth said. The only loss was at Royal Melbourne in 1998, which ended just 12 days before Christmas.

The gusts topped 20 miles per hour and felt even stronger on exposed areas of Liberty National, which sits across New York Harbor from Manhattan.

Players are allowed to practice putting after the holes have been determined but can not practice shots from anywhere else on the course. The Internationsl were 3 up after four holes, fueled by two Matsuyama birdies on the par 5s.

But it would not matter in the end with Spieth and Reed eventually winning the four-ball match play two-and-one.

Tiger Woods called his assistant captaincy this week "fantastic".

"You start to kind of look forward and wonder where this momentum could take us".

Marc Leishman halved a hard fought opening match with Kevin Chappell while Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in the groups behind posted impressive wins over Charley Hoffman and Justin Thomas. Lefty went 2 UP with birdie-4 at 4 and 3 UP with birdie-3 at 5, before Hadwin won the 7th on concession. They delivered with a bogey-free performance, remarkable for the format and the strong wind.

Oosthuizen tried to make things right, offering to immediately concede the 13th hole and walk to the 14th tee with the match at all square. Scott made a tough par save on the 17th to extend the match. He got up-and-down from left the 12th green for birdie to half the hole and stay 2 up.

Jersey City: Anirban Lahiri put up a brilliant effort to register his first points in two Presidents Cup appearances and keep the global team afloat in the ongoing tournament here. This was the only match in which the Americans never trailed.

Kim was the man for Internationals for nearly 15 holes.

Spieth and Reed had triumphed despite Spieth's hotly-debated disqualification from the 12th hole.

Rookie Daniel Berger sealed a seventh consecutive Presidents Cup triumph for the United States as the global team faced the prospect of a crushing defeat at Liberty National Golf Club.

Trump arrived when the Americans were less than an hour away from clinching the Presidents Cup for the seventh straight time.

"No one wants to win a hole like that".

Berger wound up winning his match, and the celebration was on.

Kevin Chappell missed a putt to seal it for the US at 18 and had to settle for half a point when Marc Leishman sunk a putt for par to ensure the first match was halved. He capped the front nine with a birdie at the eighth and an eagle at the ninth to put the Americans 2 up.

Charl Schwartzel almost lost a 5-up lead but did hold off Matt Kuchar for a 1-up victory. It remained tied going to the 18th. Day came up short into the rough off the lead, and Leishman chipped 18 feet by.

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