USA Claims 8th President’s Cup Victory

Brendan Hallinan

Star-studded American roster dominates international golf team.

The United States team, led by captain Fred Couples, won the tenth President’s Cup over the International team by a score of 18.5 to 15.5.  The competition was held at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, a course designed by 18-time major winner, Jack Nicklaus.

The event ran four days from October 3rd through the 6th.  The first three days featured team competition, where two Americans would take on on two international players in either alternate shot or better ball.

The International team was made up of golfers from all over the world, excluding Europe.  The United States and Europe compete in a separate event, the Ryder Cup.

The Americans battled through harsh weather conditions to take a commanding 14-8 lead after Saturday, needing only four points on Sunday to claim the cup.

The pairing Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar was crucial to America’s success early in the competition, capturing 3 crucial points.

Ironically, it was Tiger on Sunday who sealed the deal for the home team.

Sunday consisted of individual, one-on-one match play.

Tiger defeated International counterpart Richard Sterne on the 18th hole to nab the clinching point.

The win was the United States’ 8th in 10 tries; they tied the Internationals in 2003 and lost in 1998.

The President’s Cup, though not as competitive as years prior, was a much needed morale boost for the United States.  Last fall, the team squandered a 10-6 lead on Sunday to lose the Ryder Cup to Europe. It was the largest come from behind victory in the Ryder Cup since “The Miracle at Brookline” in 1999, when the Americans went 8-3-1 on Sunday to overcome a 10-6 deficit.

The Americans look to bounce back next fall in Gleneagles, Scotland, seeking a Ryder Cup win for the first time since 2008 at Valhalla.

The Europeans will provide stiff competition, but the confidence gained by the Americans at this past President’s Cup will surely be a factor come next fall.