Dec 15th, 2019
Woods ends 2019 on a high
USA fightback to take Presidents Cup
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There were lots of hugs and high fives as Team USA fought back from a 10-8 deficit to win the Presidents Cup, once again, by a score of 16-14. That huge smile we saw after Wood’s victory at Augusta was back and the there was obvious emotion in the US Captain’s voice when talking after his team’s victory.
"We relied on one another as a team, and we did it - together," Woods said, "This cup wasn't going to be given to us. We had to go earn it. And we did."
It was even a good day for Patrick Reed who, having been defeated in his previous three matches and had his caddie kicked off the team for assaulting a spectator, finally grabbed a point for his team, defeating C T Pan by 4&3.
Reed had flown out of the blocks on Sunday and was six up after just seven holes.
"You make birdies, you don't hear much," said Reed. "Early on this week, we didn't get up in our matches.”
"If you get up in your match, the crowd will be pretty quiet. I was able to do that and silence a couple.”
Team USA were elated although their choice of celebratory song on the bus was somewhat questionable.
It did not take Social media users long to point out there was another team they may need to beat first before belting out Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’.
Well done Team USA, it was never in doubt or was it?!
Tiger Woods (USA) defeated Abraham Ancer (3 & 2)
Patrick Reed (USA) defeated C.T. Pan (4 & 3)
Dustin Johnson (USA) defeated Haotong Li (4 & 3)
Hideki Matsuyama and Tony Finau Halved
Sungjae Im (Internationals) defeated Gary Woodland (4 & 3)
Adam Hadwin and Bryson DeChambeau Halved
Patrick Cantlay (USA) defeated Joaquin Niemann (3 & 2)
Xander Schauffele (USA) defeated Adam Scott (2 & 1)
Webb Simpson (USA) defeated Byeong Hun An (2 & 1)
Cameron Smith (Internationals) defeated Justin Thomas (2 & 1)
Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Kuchar Halved
Marc Leishman and Rickie Fowler Halved
Singles score: Internationals 4, USA 8
Final score: Internationals 14, USA 16
And another thing...