In its 26-year existence, the Presidents Cup has often been noted for what it’s not. In 2019, it’s been everything fans have wanted, and more.
The Internationals, who have won only once in the previous 12 battles and entered Australia as massive underdogs, smacked the Americans in the mouth on Day 1, winning four of the five matches. That performance proved not to be an aberration, as Ernie Els’ upstart club split Friday’s foursomes session, and appeared to be on the verge of a knockout blow when raising its advantage to four points on Saturday morning.
However, the United States answered on Saturday afternoon, winning three of the four available points to cut the deficit to two heading into Sunday singles, a charge that gives the Americans a very realistic chance at retaining the cup.
Trying to set the tone for the red, white and blue will be Tiger Woods. The 15-time major winner, who is also serving as captain for the Americans, is sending himself out first, facing dynamo Abraham Ancer, who boasts a team-best 3.5 points for the Internationals. Other interesting match-ups include Justin Thomas against Cam Smith, Sungjae Im versus Gary Woodland, and Hideki Matsuyama taking on Tony Finau. Patrick Reed, who is 0-3 this week, will be without his caddie and brother-in-law Kessler Karain, as Karain was barred from Sunday’s play for an altercation with a fan.
The Golf Digest team will be with you for the entire final round at Royal Melbourne, keeping you up to date on the matches, momentum swings, and other notable happenings that have made this Presidents Cup one of the more captivating in event history.
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