USA holds all Cup titles for first time since 2009
For the first occasion since 2009 the USA now holds all four of the major team trophies in golf – The Presidents Cup, the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup and the Walker Cup.
And no sooner had the USA Presidents Cup victory celebrations started at Liberty National, the Americans were looking ahead to a year’s time and the 2018 Ryder Cup at the Le National course on the outskirts of Versailles.
Team USA won the 2017 Presidents Cup (Credit: PGA Tour)
Last October, the USA Team regained the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 while in recent weeks the USA retained the Solheim Cup in Des Moines and the USA Walker Cup team stormed their way to an emphatic 12-point triumph in Los Angeles.
But rubber-stamping the USA’s dominance in golf team sport was their resounding 19 – 11 victory over a hapless International Team that for the opening three days failed to dent the armour of the Steve Stricker-led USA juggernaut team.
The competition was all but over on Saturday night with the USA Team needing just one point from the 12 points available in the Sunday Singles to complete a shock eight point rout of the Internationals and with American Daniel Berger officially credited in delivering the victory blow in the fourth match of the day with his 2 & 1 win of South Korean Si Woo Kim.
USA Ryder Cup Captain, Jim Furyk and acting as a 2017 USA Presidents Cup Captain at Liberty National quickly found himself addressing a Ryder Cup theme question.
“Well, they are two different events, but I saw a great team,” said Furyk.
“Really proud of and happy for these guys. Obviously we’ve known there’s a lot of camaraderie. We had five young players, or five new players to international competition, so it’s great to see them not only compete and get experience, but play really, really well.”
“Hopefully I’d love to have these 12 on our team next year. But I’ll be rooting and cheering for them. I became a lot closer friends with each and every one of them but you know, I really would like them to enjoy what they did this week, soak it all in, have fun with it.”
“A month from now we’ll get to work and we’ll start getting ready for Paris”.