The US have won a seventh straight Presidents Cup, completing a dominant victory early on the final day at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.
Entering the Sunday singles needing just one point to win the biennial teams event, Kevin Chappell’s halved match against Australia’s Marc Leishman secured 15 of the 15.5 points required to claim the title moments after US President Donald Trump arrived.
Daniel Berger then bagged the decisive point, courtesy of a 2-and-1 victory over Internationals rookie Si Woo Kim, as the US clinched the Cup 19-11.
Only a stoic effort by the Internationals to win the final session 7.5-4.5 staved off a record defeat at the hands of the Americans.
President Trump presented the trophy to the American team.
Australian world No.7 Jason Day secured his first full point at the Presidents Cup since the 2013 edition with a 2-and-1 routing of American rookie Charley Hoffman.
“‘I’m very, very pleased with obviously winning, because I don’t want to go out on a losing streak,” said Day, who only contributed a half point in 2015.
“It disappoints me that we let captain [Nick] Price down, because he’s put a lot of heart and soul into it.”
Added Leishman: “It’s a disappointing week for us, getting our butts handed to us like that.
“We definitely gave it our best going up against great competition.
“The Americans are strong, they have the home crowd and played very well. It’s hard to beat the best players in the world when they are playing well.”
Internationals’ top-ranked player Hideki Matsuyama bagged his first match victory for the week, the Japanese world No.3 downing FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas 3-and-1.
“Both of us were out there fighting. Neither one of us wanted to lose and I’m happy I came out on top and got a point for our team,” said Matsuyama.
A star-studded US team came into the week with all 12 players ranked inside the world’s top 30, compared to just six for the Internationals, and four of the Americans are within the top 10.
It is the Americans’ 10th Cup victory since the inaugural edition in 1994, with the Internationals recording just one win (1998) and a tie (2003).