A resurgent Team USA has secured the 2019 Presidents in a dominant final day at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
A rampant US outfit gained an almighty eight points in a breath-taking last stand that secured the Americans’ 11th Presidents Cup in the competition’s 13th campaign.
The US won six of the 12 final day matches to close two points clear – 16 to 14 – at the Black Rock course.
“We did it together. We came here as a team. My teammates, my boys all played well and the captains did an amazing job,” an emotional Team USA captain Tiger Woods said.
“I couldn’t have done it without their help. All my boys. They did it.
“It’s been one of the more amazing experiences. We relied on one another as a team and they did it, together.
“I trust my guys .. I told them so. This Cup wasn’t going to be given to us, we had to go and earn it, and we did.”
The final stages provided some of the most enthralling duels in the tournament’s rich history.
The Internationals’ two-point overnight lead was squandered on the greens, with the team failing to capture key opportunities with the putter.
The US leapt to a three-point lead before Cameron Smith rallied in a never-say-die takedown to inspire a late fightback for the Internationals.
He steamrolled Justin Thomas to close 2&1 as Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman were locked in tense battles with Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler respectively.
Oosthuizen, who led after the first hole to the 15th, relinquished his 3 UP advantage as a spirited Kuchar dug deep to tie their match.
Leishman was unable to hold onto his back nine lead, having to settle to a draw at the 18th, as jubilant US team celebrated another successful tour.
The Internationals mustered just two victories – Smith and Sungjae Im – and settled for four ties.
Team USA, led by Tiger Woods and major winners Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed, got off to a flying start in the drama-filled day before the Internationals recovered to quell their rivals’ momentum.
But the US, thanks to captain Tiger, struck the first blow, with the 15-time major winner defeating Abraham Ancer 3&2, securing the first points of the day.
Woods, a nine-time Presidents Cup player, has won the most matches (27-15-1) in the history of the time-honoured tournament.
Dustin Johnson defeated Hatong Li 4&3 while his teammate Patrick Reed was too good for CT Pan, winning 4&2.
Hideki Matsuyama relinquished a 4 UP advantage to tie with a rampant Tony Finau.
21-year-old Im struck back for the Internationals, overcoming US Open winner Gary Woodland 4&3 to square the total scores in the seesaw affair late in play.
Adam Hadwin had the opportunity to put away Bryson DeChambeau, but the Canadian two-putted for par on the 18th to tie.
But the resolute USA outfit rebounded strongly, with Patrick Cantlay registering a comfortable 3&2 win over Jaquin Niemann to go one clear of the Internationals.
Xander Schauffele secured a vital 2&1 victory over Adam Scott to extend the away team’s lead.
Scott forged to reduce a four-match deficit to give himself a fighting chance thru 16.
But the former world no.1 bold bid was dashed on the 17th, as Schauffele got the match-winning upper hand with par.
Webb Simpson’s 2&1 win over Byeong Hun An has pushed the US team to a three-point advantage with three matches in play.