Definitely one for the ages. A nip of fall was in the air as the final round of the Presidents Cup got underway with the USA Team a mere point ahead of the International Team. Jordan Spieth had already reminded everyone why he was ranked number one in the the World of golf with clutch putting and short game highlight shots to keep the US on top. However, Jason Day, the Australian golfing sensation and number two in the World, found himself winless going into Sunday’s final round.
In case you missed it, the Presidents Cup winning team came down to the final hole of the final match between Sang-moon Bae of South Korea (The Host Nation) and Bill Haas (Team USA Captain’s Pick and Captain’s Son). For all the great play that Sang-moon Bae turned in, it was the 18th hole on Sunday that carried the most weight with his home nation and International team looking to him to notch another win. But, as fate would have it, his opponent (Bill Haas) showed why he was a perfect “Captain’s Pick.” Haas was one up on Bae going into the final hole of Cup play, so the best the International Team could do was a tie if Bae could win the hole. Haas was having none of it. He hit an exceptional approach shot that landed on the green and trickled into a green side bunker. His chip out close to the pin placed all the pressure on Bae to hole out to at least ensure the tie. What happened next is highlighted below.
Yes – the pressure seems to have overcome Sang-moon Bae. Invariably, Team USA narrowly held on to a one point victory and retained the Presidents Cup for the sixth straight year. But, what a great four days of tournament play where we saw a South African, Branden Grace, notch a perfect 5 wins with zero losses in tournament play; and the senior most member of Team USA and another Captain’s pick, Phil Mickelson at age 45 put on a golfing clinic full of highlight reel shots-of-the-day.
CONGRAATULATIONS! Team USA.