Presidents Cup, Capsules
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Capsules of the singles matches Sunday at the President Cup:
Patrick Reed, United States, halved with Louis Oosthuizen, International.
Oosthuizen delivered a clutch moment, but only after missing two putts that could have changed the outcome. Oosthuizen missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th for a chance to take the lead. The match was all square when both players came up short on the 16th and chipped to about 4 feet. Oosthuizen missed, then Reed made to go 1 up. On the par-5 18th, however, Oosthuizen hit his second shot to 12 feet and made eagle to earn a half-point.
Adam Scott, International, def. Rickie Fowler, United States, 6 and 5.
Scott struggled with the short putter all week, until Sunday. He went 1 up with a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-5 seventh, and when he poured in a 20-foot birdie putt on the next hole, the former Masters champion was on his way. He won six straight holes, making three birdies on his own (the other was conceded). Fowler didn’t make a birdie and was 4 over when it ended on the 13th.
Dustin Johnson, United States, def. Danny Lee, International, 2 and 1.
Johnson was 3 up after three holes and it looked as though it might end early. Lee battled back and squared the match with a birdie on the 11th. He took his first lead when Johnson tried to drive the 14th green and found the water, and it was shaping up as the biggest surprise of singles. Lee, however, made bogey on the par-5 15th, chunked a wedge to make another bogey on the 16th and made bogey on the 17th to end it.
Hideki Matsuyama, International, def. J.B. Holmes, United States, 1 up.
Matsuyama leveled the match on the 14th when Holmes drove into the water. Matsuyama appeared to seize control with a shot into 12 feet for a birdie on the 16th, only for Holmes to answer by stuffing his tee shot on the 17th for a birdie to square the match. Both players came up just short of the green in two on the 18th, and it was chipping contest from there. Matsuyama judged the distance perfect to 3 feet. Holmes came up to 15 feet and missed the birdie putt to lose the match.
Bubba Watson, United States, halved with Thongchai Jaidee, International.
Watson never trailed and led 3 up after 10 holes, but Thongchai pecked away with birdies at the 11th and 12th holes to stay in range. He caught up to Watson when the two-time Masters champion three-putted from long range on the 17th. Watson had a big advantage with his length on the 18th, even more when Thongchai hit his tee shot into the water. Thongchai took a drop and ripped fairway metal just through the green and nearly holed his birdie putt. Watson chipped beautifully to 4 feet. But for the second straight day, Watson missed a short putt and had to settle for a halve.
Steven Bowditch, International, def. Jimmy Walker, United States, 2 up.
In a sloppy match that featured no birdies by either player on the front nine, Bowditch won three straight holes with two pars and a conceded birdie, and he pulled ahead with a birdie at the 14th. But the Australian conceded the 15th hole and made bogey on the 17th hole to send the match to No. 18. Walker missed a birdie putt from the fringe and conceded.
Phil Mickelson, United States, def. Charl Schwartzel, International, 5 and 4.
Mickelson completed an unbeaten week at the Presidents Cup for the third time, and the first time as a captain’s pick. He never had an easier match. Mickelson didn’t make his first birdie until he chipped in on the 11th hole, and by then he already was 5 up. Schwartzel gave away six holes by failing to make par. Mickelson closed it out on the 14th hole with a short birdie putt to go 3-0-1. He also was unbeaten in 2005 and 2009.
Chris Kirk, United States, def. Anirban Lahiri, International, 1 up.
Who would have guess this match between a pair of Presidents Cup rookies would effectively determine the outcome? Kirk never trailed, but Lahiri rolled in a birdie on the 14th to square the match and they halved the next three holes with pars. And on the par-5 18th, they matched tee shots and second shots short of the green. Lahiri hit a great pitch to 4 feet, and Kirk’s was too strong, 15 feet away. Kirk made his birdie putt, and Lahiri’s putt caught the right lip and spun out.
Marc Leishman, International, def. Jordan Spieth, United States, 1 up.
Spieth won the first two holes, and Leishman fought back with birdies on Nos. 4 and 9 to square the match. They were all square when Spieth got in trouble on the par-5 15th and pulled a shot into the water, conceding the hole. He never caught up. On the final hole, Spieth hit a pitch to tap-in range for a birdie, and Leishman had to make a 7-foot putt to assure the win. He poured it in the middle of the cup.
Zach Johnson, United States, def. Jason Day, International, 3 and 2.
Day completed a forgettable week by going 0-4-1, and this one wasn’t even close. The No. 2 player in the world gave away two holes with bogeys, and then hooked his approach into the water on No. 7 trying to lay up. Johnson was 5 up through 11 holes when Day tried to rally. He was 2 down with three to play when Johnson closed him out with a par on the 16th hole.
Branden Grace, International, def. Matt Kuchar, United States, 2 and 1.
Kuchar told U.S. captain Jay Haas that he wanted to go late so he could sleep in. The American never woke up. Grace didn’t make his first birdie until the ninth hole, and that gave him a 5-up advantage. From there, it was a matter of time. Kuchar started winning holes late in the match, but Grace closed him out on the 17th. Grace went 5-0 for the week, the first International player to do that since Shigeki Maruyama in 1998.
Bill Haas, United States, def. Sang-moon Bae, International, 2 up.
The son of the U.S. captain against the only player carrying the South Korean flag for the International team. The final match. And it was deciding match. Haas never trailed and regained a 1-up lead with a birdie on the 14th hole. It stayed that way the rest of the match, with Bae holding on with a 10-foot par putt on the 16th and nearly holing a bunker shot on the 17th. Needing to win the 18th for the teams to share the cup, Bae stubbed a chip on the 18th, chipped on to 12 feet and conceded the match to Haas, who had blasted out of a greenside bunker to 6 feet.