The international team is up for the grabs of President cup for the first time since its inception in 1998, due to the South African juggernaut of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, the inspired play of Bae Sang-moon in front of his home crowd or a format change that reduced the number of matches on the penultimate day yesterday the 10th October 2015. The Americans opened with a 4-1 lead Thursday and have been outplayed ever since but not very much as they still have a lead of 1 point. That’s all the International team ever wanted.The Presidents Cup featured a final day of drama.
Grace delivered two big shots in the gathering darkness, and the South African duo went 4-0 in team matches. Grace and Oosthuizen were all square with Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes, and it was clear their fourballs match would set the tone for the final round. Grace chipped in for birdie from left of the 16th green. The darkness was getting so thick that Grace had no idea Oosthuizen’s second shot into the par-5 18th hole had gone into the water. Grace could barely see the green from 263 yards away with a chilly wind in his face. He smashed his 3-wood, watched it disappear into the gloaming. The ball narrowly cleared the bunker and settled on the edge of the green. It was just remarkable to pull a shot off like that. Watson and Holmes both missed the green, and when neither chipped in for eagle, Grace rolled his putt close enough to be conceded the birdie and a crucial win. Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson came out firing in the afternoon, winning the first hole with a Mickelson birdie and never giving it up in a 3-and-2 win over Adam Scott and Anirban Lahiri of India. Bae and Hideki Matsuyama teamed for nine birdies in 11 holes for the biggest rout of the week. The International team played the Americans to a draw in a double session on Saturday to stay just one point behind as the Americans still have a 9½-8½ lead. They also have Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 player in the world. He made two clutch putts in morning foursomes to cap off the biggest comeback at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, and he made eight birdies in 14 holes in a fourballs victory in the afternoon.
The International team need to go and each and every one of them has to play golf to the very best of their ability to register the first ever victory since President’s cup inception in 1998.
The only other team to go 4-0 in the Presidents Cup was Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in 2009.