Hass father and son duo win Presidents Cup for US
The United States beat the International team 15.5-14.5 to win the Presidents Cup for the sixth time in a row and ninth time in 11 contests.
Bill Haas, the son of Captain Jay, scored the winning point by beating South Korean Bae Sang-moon. Sang-moon needed to win the final hole to halve his match with Haas Jr, but conceded after following a poor chip into the 18th with a missed putt. Anirban Lahiri, the first Indian to play at the Presidents Cup, lipped out from just over two feet to hand Chris Kirk victory, just as the Internationals looked to be turning the corner at the Jack Nicklaus Club in Incheon, South Korea yesterday the 11th October 2015
Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, the top two players in the world, both lost their matches, while there was delight and heartbreak in equal measure for Asia’s four representatives – Thongchai Jaidee, Anirban Lahiri, Hideki Matsuyama and Bae. The Internationals trailed 8.5 to 9.5 going into the final day at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea but got the first point on the board when Adam Scott thrashed an out-of-sorts Rickie Fowler 6&5 to level the match.
Louis Oosthuizen eagled the 18th to claim a half of his match against Patrick Reed, while fellow South African Branden Grace beat Matt Kuchar 2&1 and became just the fifth player to win five matches at a single Presidents Cup. American veteran Phil Mickelson crushed Charl Schwartzel 5&4, while Dustin Johnson overcame a game Danny Lee, who led by one through 14 but then lost three in a row.
In the afternoon Internationals came back as Japanese sensation Matsuyama fought back to beat J.B. Holmes and Thai Jaidee took an unexpected half point when Bubba Watson missed from five feet on the 18th. Anirban Lahiri, the first Indian to play at the Presidents Cup won the 12th and 14th, list fifth and 11th holes, hung in with Kirk from the 14th to the 17th. They came to the 18th with the match hanging in perfect balance. Lahiri hit a superb third shot to within three feet and Kirk was at least 15 feet and he needed to hole it for a birdie to give him an outside chance. The force he hit with looked like right for Lahiri but it went left to right and caught a big part of the lip and Spat it out. Kirk’s putt died perfectly into the hole It was sheer bad for Lahiri and international team.
The final match between two captains’s picks – Haas and Bae was the decider. South Korean Bae, trailed by one with two holes to play and drained a 10-footer on the 17th that kept the Internationals’ hopes of a tie alive. With the home crowd’s hopes on his shoulders and the fate of his team in his hands, the pressure finally told on Bae and he cracked on the last, stubbing his chip into a steep bank and seeing the ball roll back from the mound.
The Presidents Cup returns to U.S. soil in two years’ time at Liberty National, New Jersey .
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