The United States won the Presidents Cup for a ninth consecutive team on Sunday with Tokyo Olympic champion Xander Schauffele delivering the clinching point in a 17.5-12.5 triumph over the Internationals.
Schauffele never trailed in defeating Canada’s Corey Conners 1-up, sinking a three-foot par putt at the 18th hole to lift the US squad to 15.5 points and seal the overall triumph at Quail Hollow.
The Americans, who led 11-7 entering the 12 final singles matches, improved to 12-1-1 in the all-time rivalry and have never lost on home soil.
Conners, winless for the week, missed a five-foot par putt at 17 to keep Schauffele 1-up.
“I was handed the opportunity and I was able to take advantage of it,” Schauffele said.
“We’re a little disappointed,” Internationals captain Trevor Immelman said. “We believed in ourselves.
With 10 of the world’s 16 top-ranked players, the US team was a heavy favorite over a global side that lost British Open champion Cam Smith and several other top players who jumped from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf, making them ineligible.
Tony Finau won five of the last nine holes to defeat Canada’s Taylor Pendrith 3&1 and lift the Americans within a point of clinching the Cup.
Jordan Spieth, winless in seven prior Ryder and Presidents Cup singles matches, became only the sixth player to go 5-0 in a single Presidents Cup, winning four holes in a row late to defeat Australia’s Cam Davis 4&3 for the first US point.
“You can’t put a price on this. I did as much as I could this week.”
Sam Burns finished the week winless but helped the US cause by tying Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.
The global stars pulled off two early upsets to delay the US party.
Thomas, who went 4-0 with Spieth in pairs, lost after Kim sank a 10-foot birdie putt at 18 and Thomas missed his from three inches closer.
Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow and his second major at this year’s PGA.
“It was tough,” Munoz said. “It was one of the best things I’ve ever achieved in my life. It took everything. I threw everything at him.”
Originally published the United States captures ninth consecutive Presidents Cup