2019 Presidents Cup

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2019 Presidents Cup
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Dates12–15 December
VenueRoyal Melbourne Golf Club
LocationMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Captains
International 14 16 USA
USA wins the Presidents Cup
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Royal  Melbourne Golf Club is located in Australia
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Melbourne Golf Club
Location in Australia
Royal Melbourne Golf Club is located in Victoria
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Location in Victoria
Royal Melbourne Golf Club is located in Melbourne
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Location in greater Melbourne

The 2019 Presidents Cup was the 13th edition of the Presidents Cup golf competition, held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, from 12 to 15 December 2019.[1] Royal Melbourne previously hosted the tournament in 1998, at which the International team had their only victory, and 2011. It is the only international venue to have held the tournament more than once.

The United States retained the cup, winning the competition 16–14. Trailing before the final day singles matches, they won six and tied four of the 12 matches.[2]

Team qualification and selection[edit]

Both teams had 12 players. On 18 August 2019, the eight automatic qualifiers for each team were finalized.[3]

International team[edit]

The International team featured the top 8 players with the most Official World Golf Ranking points accumulated between 27 August 2018 (Dell Technologies Championship) and 18 August 2019 (BMW Championship) and four captain's picks made in early November. This was a change from 2017 when selection was based on the leading players in the Official World Golf Ranking. The number of captain's picks was also increased from two to four.

The final standings were:[4]

Position Player Points
1 Marc Leishman 192.94
2 Hideki Matsuyama 187.11
3 Louis Oosthuizen 184.68
4 Adam Scott 180.30
5 Abraham Ancer 160.39
6 Li Haotong 128.63
7 Pan Cheng-tsung 125.77
8 Cameron Smith 124.17
9 Jason Day[5] 120.57
10 Jazz Janewattananond 113.86
11 Im Sung-jae 112.04
12 Justin Harding 109.67
13 Corey Conners 102.34
14 Shugo Imahira 100.47
15 An Byeong-hun 97.26

United States team[edit]

The United States team featured the 8 players who earned the most official FedExCup points from the 2017 BMW Championship through the 2019 BMW Championship, with points earned in the 2018–19 season counting double, and four captain's picks. Points for events in the FedEx Cup Playoffs were weighted the same as WGC events. The four captain's picks were made in early November. In 2017 only events in the 2017 calendar year counted double. As with the international team the number of captain's picks was increased from two to four.[6]

The final standings were:[7]

Position Player Points
1 Brooks Koepka[8] 8,310
2 Justin Thomas 6,949
3 Dustin Johnson 6,643
4 Patrick Cantlay 5,898
5 Xander Schauffele 5,753
6 Webb Simpson 5,532
7 Matt Kuchar 5,520
8 Bryson DeChambeau 5,341
9 Tony Finau 5,152
10 Gary Woodland 4,964
11 Rickie Fowler 4,678
12 Patrick Reed 4,510
13 Tiger Woods 3,905
14 Chez Reavie 3,810
15 Kevin Kisner 3,670

Teams[edit]

Captains[edit]

Tiger Woods captained the U.S. team, and Ernie Els captained the International team.[9][10]

Woods chose Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker as his assistants.[11] Els chose K. J. Choi, Geoff Ogilvy, Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir as his assistants.[12]

Woods was the first playing captain in a Presidents Cup since Hale Irwin in 1994.[13]

Players[edit]

International team
Player Country Age Points
rank
OWGR Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–T Winning
percentage
Ernie Els  South Africa 50 Non-playing captain
K. J. Choi  South Korea 49 Non-playing assistant captain
Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 42
Trevor Immelman  South Africa 39
Mike Weir  Canada 49
Marc Leishman  Australia 36 1 28 3 13 3–7–3 34.62
Hideki Matsuyama  Japan 27 2 21 3 13 4–6–3 42.31
Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 37 3 20 3 15 7–5–3 56.67
Adam Scott  Australia 39 4 18 8 39 14–20–5 42.31
Abraham Ancer  Mexico 28 5 39 0 Rookie
Li Haotong  China 24 6 65 0 Rookie
Pan Cheng-tsung  Chinese Taipei 28 7 64 0 Rookie
Cameron Smith  Australia 26 8 52 0 Rookie
Im Sung-jae  South Korea 21 11 36 0 Rookie
An Byeong-hun  South Korea 28 15 42 0 Rookie
Adam Hadwin  Canada 32 18 48 1 3 0–2–1 16.67
Joaquín Niemann  Chile 21 28 56 0 Rookie
United States team
Player Age Points
rank
OWGR Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–T Winning
percentage
Tiger Woods – captain 43 13 6 8 40 24–15–1 61.25
Fred Couples 60 Non-playing assistant captain
Zach Johnson 43
Steve Stricker 52
Justin Thomas 26 2 4 1 5 3–1–1 70.00
Dustin Johnson 35 3 5 3 14 8–4–2 64.29
Patrick Cantlay 27 4 7 0 Rookie
Xander Schauffele 26 5 9 0 Rookie
Webb Simpson 34 6 11 2 10 5–3–2 60.00
Matt Kuchar 41 7 24 4 16 6–8–2 43.75
Bryson DeChambeau 26 8 13 0 Rookie
Tony Finau 30 9 16 0 Rookie
Gary Woodland 35 10 17 0 Rookie
Rickie Fowler 30 11 22 2 8 4–3–1 56.25
Patrick Reed 29 12 12 2 9 4–3–2 55.56
  • Brooks Koepka originally made the U.S. team but withdrew with a knee injury. He was replaced by Fowler.[8]
  • Jason Day was originally a captain's pick for the International team but withdrew with a back injury. He was replaced by An.[5]
  • Captain's picks shown in yellow
  • Ages as of 12 December; OWGR as of 8 December, the last ranking before the Cup

Notables[edit]

Abraham Ancer (Mexico), Li Haotong (China), Joaquín Niemann (Chile) and Pan Cheng-tsung (Chinese Taipei) became the first players of their respective countries to play in the Presidents Cup.

This was also the first Presidents Cup without Phil Mickelson.

Broadcast[edit]

Golf Channel had the official coverage of the 2019 Presidents Cup in the United States.[14]

Thursday's fourball matches[edit]

Despite losing the opening match, the International team won the session 4–1. This was just the fourth time that the International team had led after the opening session of a Presidents Cup match and the 3 point lead was the largest it had ever had after the opening session.[15]

International Results United States
Niemann/Leishman 4 & 3 Woods/Thomas
Im/Hadwin 1 up Cantlay/Schauffele
An/Scott 2 & 1 Finau/DeChambeau
Pan/Matsuyama 1 up Reed/Simpson
Oosthuizen/Ancer 4 & 3 Woodland/Johnson
4 Fourball 1
4 Overall 1

Friday's foursomes matches[edit]

The International team looked like they would extend their lead but the United States had good finishes in three of the matches to leave the session tied. Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele birdied the final hole to win their match against Joaquín Niemann and Adam Hadwin and later Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas did the same against Hideki Matsuyama and An Byeong-hun. In the final match, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland tied their match against Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae after being two down with three holes to play.[16]

International Results United States
Scott/Oosthuizen 3 & 2 Kuchar/Johnson
Niemann/Hadwin 1 up Cantlay/Schauffele
Ancer/Leishman 3 & 2 Reed/Simpson
Matsuyama/An 1 up Woods/Thomas
Smith/Im tied Fowler/Woodland
212 Foursomes 212
612 Overall 312

Saturday's matches[edit]

Morning fourball[edit]

The International team extended their lead to four points with two wins and a tie in the four matches. An Byeong-hun and Adam Scott had taken a one hole lead at the 15th hole against Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar but Finau won the final hole with a birdie 3 to tie the match.[17]

International Results United States
Li/Leishman 3 & 2 Fowler/Thomas
Ancer/Im 3 & 2 Cantlay/Schauffele
Pan/Matsuyama 5 & 3 Simpson/Reed
An/Scott tied Finau/Kuchar
212 Fourball 112
9 Overall 5

Afternoon foursomes[edit]

At one stage the United States led in all four matches but the International team recovered to tie two of the matches. Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas were 5 up after 7 holes against Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman and were still 5 up with 8 holes to play. However Ancer and Leishman tied the match, winning the last three holes. Joaquín Niemann and An Byeong-hun also came from behind to tie their match against Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar, giving the International team a two point lead at the start of the final day.[17]

International Results United States
Scott/Oosthuizen 2 & 1 Woodland/Johnson
Ancer/Leishman tied Fowler/Thomas
Im/Smith 2 & 1 Cantlay/Schauffele
Niemann/An tied Finau/Kuchar
1 Foursomes 3
10 Overall 8

Sunday's singles matches[edit]

Tiger Woods played the first match for the US and made 7 birdies in 16 holes to defeat Abraham Ancer. Woods, with a 3–0–0 record, was the only player without a loss or tie in the competition. Down by two points at the start of the day, the US took six of the singles matches and rallied to win by a score of 16–14. This was the eighth straight Presidents Cup victory for the US.[18][19][20]

International Results United States Timetable
Abraham Ancer 3 & 2 Tiger Woods 1st: 10–9
Hideki Matsuyama tied Tony Finau 4th: 10.5–11.5
Pan Cheng-tsung 4 & 2 Patrick Reed 3rd: 10–11
Li Haotong 4 & 3 Dustin Johnson 2nd: 10–10
Adam Hadwin tied Bryson DeChambeau 6th: 12–12
Im Sung-jae 4 & 3 Gary Woodland 5th: 11.5–11.5
Joaquín Niemann 3 & 2 Patrick Cantlay 7th: 12–13
Adam Scott 2 & 1 Xander Schauffele 8th: 12–14
An Byeong-hun 2 & 1 Webb Simpson 9th: 12–15
Cameron Smith 2 & 1 Justin Thomas 10th: 13–15
Louis Oosthuizen tied Matt Kuchar 11th: 13.5–15.5
Marc Leishman tied Rickie Fowler 12th: 14–16
4 Singles 8
14 Overall 16

Individual player records[edit]

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Tied record of the player.

International[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
An Byeong-hun 2 1–2–2 0–1–0 0–1–1 1–0–1
Abraham Ancer 3.5 3–1–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 2–0–0
Adam Hadwin 1.5 1–1–1 0–0–1 0–1–0 1–0–0
Im Sung-jae 3.5 3–1–1 1–0–0 0–1–1 2–0–0
Marc Leishman 2 1–2–2 0–0–1 1–0–1 0–2–0
Li Haotong 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Hideki Matsuyama 2.5 2–1–1 0–0–1 0–1–0 2–0–0
Joaquín Niemann 0.5 0–3–1 0–1–0 0–1–1 0–1–0
Louis Oosthuizen 2.5 2–1–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 1–0–0
Pan Cheng-tsung 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 2–0–0
Adam Scott 2.5 2–2–1 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–0–1
Cameron Smith 1.5 1–1–1 1–0–0 0–1–1 0–0–0

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Patrick Cantlay 3 3–2–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–2–0
Bryson DeChambeau 0.5 0–1–1 0–0–1 0–0–0 0–1–0
Tony Finau 1.5 0–1–3 0–0–1 0–0–1 0–1–1
Rickie Fowler 2.5 1–0–3 0–0–1 0–0–2 1–0–0
Dustin Johnson 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–1–0
Matt Kuchar 1.5 0–1–3 0–0–1 0–1–1 0–0–1
Patrick Reed 1 1–3–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Xander Schauffele 3 3–2–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–2–0
Webb Simpson 1 1–3–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Justin Thomas 3.5 3–1–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 2–0–0
Gary Woodland 1.5 1–2–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 0–1–0
Tiger Woods 3 3–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–0

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