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4/11 USA rally to win Presidents Cup

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: December 15, 2019, 5:11 am ET

PRESIDENTS CUP

Final Score

International Team 14-16 United States

Session-by-session

Thursday fourballs: Internationals 4-1 United States

Friday foursomes: Internationals 2.5-2.5 USA (Overall 6.5-3.5)

Saturday fourballs: Internationals 2.5-1.5 USA (Overall 9-5)

Saturday foursomes: Internationals 1-3 USA (Overall 10-8)

Singles: Internationals 4-8 USA (Overall 14-16)

Notes: The home side powered into an early lead and extended it to four points after the third session before, crucially, Tiger Woods' team put themselves right back in the hunt by winning the Saturday foursomes 3-1. In Sunday's singles, with the American players now used to the course and fully rid of jet lag, their class shone through and the International Team managed just two wins in the 12 matches. It's now an eighth straight victory for the United States who extends their series lead to 11-1-1. This one was a real scrap though and there are calls for Royal Melbourne to be the permanent site for International home games. The course was spectacular this week and helped stage some stunning matchplay golf.

Pre-tournament odds

International team 11/4, USA 4/11, Tie 10/1

Notes: Those who backed the United States at short odds were certainly made to sweat. After day one and all the way through to the singles, the contest was virtually a pick 'em according to the bookies.

Points totals

Internationals

3.5 Abraham Ancer, Sungjae Im
2.5 Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott
2 Byeong Hun An, Marc Leishman, C.T. Pan
1.5 Cameron Smith, Adam Hadwin
0.5 Joaquin Niemann
0 HaoTong Li

United States

3.5 Justin Thomas
3 Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele
2.5 Rickie Fowler
2 Dustin Johnson
1.5 Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland
1 Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson
0.5 Bryson DeChambeau

Notes: Tiger Woods (3-0-0) and Rickie Fowler (1-0-3) were the only two players to go unbeaten. Bryson DeChambeau has now accumulated just half a point across last year's Ryder Cup and this year's Presidents Cup.

Data experts, The 15th Club, provided pre-event detailed analysis for Ernie Els' team and Abraham Ancer came out way ahead on the metrics. That played out spectacularly as the Mexican was joint-top scorer for the hosts at a hefty 20/1. Justin Thomas was 4/1 favorite to bag most points for the U.S. He's now top scored for his country in their last two team events, this and the 2018 Ryder Cup. 

Coming up this week…

EUROPEAN TOUR

Australian PGA Championship

Location: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 7,364 yards, par 72.

Notes: The final event of the calendar year and third on the 2020 European Tour schedule. It became part of the tour in 2016 and all four have been played at RACV Royal Pines Resort so gamers have some decent course form now. Adam Scott and Cameron Smith come straight here from the Presidents Cup. While none of Tiger's winning team stay on, there is some American flavor with Cameron Champ, Stewart Cink and Smylie Kaufman all in the field.

Who’s playing? Adam Scott, Cameron Smith, Cameron Champ, Stewart Cink, Smylie Kaufman, Ryan Fox, Jason Scrivener, Greg Chalmers, Rod Pampling, John Senden, Marcus Fraser.

Past winners of the Australian PGA Championship

2018 (-16, 272) Cameron Smith – 2nd European Tour win
2017 (-18, 270) Cameron Smith – 1st European Tour win
2016 (-19, 269) Harold Varner III – 1st European Tour win

Notes: Adam Scott is a previous winner of the event, but that came at Hyatt Coolum (2013) when it didn't have European Tour status. Varner III became the first non-Aussie to win the event since 1999 when he hoisted the silverware in 2016.

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.