Year-by-year history of the biennial fight between Americans and internationals

Year-by-year history of the biennial fight between Americans and internationals

There is something to be said for representing your country or region on an international stage, and that is what makes events like the Presidents Cup so special.

“When you look at our team, what we’re trying to take advantage of is that the international team represents billions of people around the world,” 2022 captain Trevor Immelman said. “So we’re trying to build on that, inspire young people everywhere and welcome fans from all those countries to come and support us in some way, shape, form because we’re their team.”

The best players from the United States and around the world (apart from Europe) come together every two years to compete in a series of matches, and while the Americans have dominated the event, there have been close calls (and a fair amount of beating). ). by the way.

As play fourteen of the biennial brawl prepares to tee off Thursday at Quail Hollow Club, take a look back at the history and year-by-year results of the Presidents Cup.

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Presidents Cup 1994

United States def. Internationals, 20-12

The United States won the inaugural Presidents Cup, 20-12, in 1994 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia. Game captain Hale Irwin won two points from three games for the Americans, including a singles win on Sunday against Robert Allenby. Team USA’s Fred Couples (3-0-0) and Davis Love III (4-0-1) went undefeated, while Vijay Singh (3-1-1) and Peter Senior (2-1-0 ) were the only players with winning records for internationals.

Presidents Cup 1994

Presidents Cup 1994

Team USA poses with the Presidents Cup after their 20-12 win in 1994. (Photo: Gary Newkirk/ALLSPORT)

Presidents Cup 1996

United States def. Internationals, 16.5-15.5

The second edition, once again at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia, was much closer than the first. David Duval (4-0-0) and Mark O’Meara (5-0-0) led the way for Team USA, but Saturday’s effort from the internationals kept it close. Peter Thomson’s team trailed 7.5-2.5 entering Saturday before winning the morning four-ball, 3-2, and the afternoon foursome, 4-1, to move within a point of the Americans. The teams split Sunday in singles, 6-6, to give the US a narrow win.

Presidents Cup 1996

Presidents Cup 1996

The US team after winning the Presidents Cup at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 1998

international def. United States, 20.5-11.5

For the first and only time in the event’s history, internationals outclassed their American counterparts in 1998 at Australia’s Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Four Americans didn’t win, including Duval, who was the second-best player in the US in ’96. Tiger Woods made his debut at the event with a 2-3-0 record, including a singles victory on Sunday over Greg Norman. Seven international players scored 3 or more points, with Shigeki Maruyama going a perfect 5-0-0.

Presidents Cup 1998

Presidents Cup 1998

The Internationals celebrate their victory in 1998 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Craig Jones/Allsport)

Presidents Cup 2000

United States def. Internationals, 21.5-10.5

When the event returned to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in 2000, the result was more similar to the first event than the second. The Americans won by 11 points thanks to a four-player sweep Thursday, with 10 of 12 players earning 3 points or more as Stewart Cink and Davis Love III went perfect 4-0-0 apiece.

Presidents Cup 2000

Presidents Cup 2000

The United States poses with the 2000 Presidents Cup trophy. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2003

United States and Internationals tie, 17-17

When the 2002 event was rescheduled after the 9/11 attacks on the US, Jack Nicklaus took the Americans to South Africa to battle Gary Player’s international side at the Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate. Tied 17-17 at the end of regulation, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els battled it out in a playoff but tied the first three holes, producing the only tie in the event’s 28-year history.

Presidents Cup 2003

Presidents Cup 2003

Gary Player, captain of the international team, and Jack Nicklaus, captain of the US team, after agreeing to share the Presidents Cup in 20003. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2005

United States def. Internationals, 18.5-15.5

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Club hosted for the fourth time (the only course to do so in the event’s history) in 2005, and the match was tied going into Sunday’s singles. Davis Love, Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco each earned 2.5 points down the stretch to give the Americans a three-point win.

Presidents Cup 2005

Presidents Cup 2005

Team USA poses with the Presidents Cup after defeating the international team, 18.5-15.5, in 2005. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2007

United States def. Internationals, 19.5-14.5

Player and Nicklaus last met as captains in 2007 at the Royal Montreal Golf Club in Canada. The US lost Sunday in singles 7-5, but held on for a five-point victory after dominant displays in Thursday’s foursomes (5.5-0.5) and Saturday’s foursomes (5-0).

Presidents Cup 2007

Presidents Cup 2007

Team USA poses after winning the 2007 Presidents Cup. (Photo: David Boily/AFP via Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2009

United States def. Internationals, 19.5-14.5

Welcome to the party, Anthony Kim. The viral star (before going viral was even a thing) went 3-1-0 in his Presidents Cup debut, but the talk of the event was none other than Tiger Woods, who posted a perfect 5-0- 0 at TPC Harding Park. in San Francisco, Calif.

Presidents Cup 2009

Presidents Cup 2009

Team USA poses after winning the 2009 President’s Cup. (Photo: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

Presidents Cup 2011

United States def. Internationals, 19-15

The competition returned to the site of the only international victory in 1998, Australia’s Royal Melbourne, where Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard served as Honorary President, the first woman to hold the position. Fred Couples and the Americans outscored Greg Norman’s internationals for the second year in a row with a lineup of six rookies, including Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson. Jim Furyk did his best Tiger Woods impression with a perfect 5-0-0 record.

Presidents Cup 2011

Presidents Cup 2011

The American team poses with the trophy after winning the 2011 Presidents Cup. (Photo: Paul Crock/AFP via Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2013

United States def. Internationals, 18.5-15.5

Fred Couples converted the treble as US captain, defeating a spirited team led by Nick Price at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Jordan Spieth, the oldest member of the 2022 Presidents Cup team, made his debut and went 2-2-0 in the winning effort (despite the Americans losing Sunday in singles by three).

Presidents Cup 2013

Presidents Cup 2013

Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods celebrate after winning the 2013 Presidents Cup. (Photo: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports)

Presidents Cup 2015

United States def. Internationals, 15.5-14.5

On another Jack Nicklaus course, this time in South Korea, the internationals had the Americans on the ropes before Bill Haas scored the crucial final point on the last hole with his 2-point win over Sang-moon Bae to clinch one-hit victory. . Branden Grace went 5-0-0 and Louis Oosthuizen went 4-0-1 in the losing effort.

Presidents Cup 2015

Presidents Cup 2015

The American team poses with the trophy after winning the 2015 Presidents Cup. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2017

United States def. Internationals, 19-11

After the close call in Korea, the Americans got back on their winning ways at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey. The US won every session except Sunday singles where, stop me if you’ve heard this before, they lost by three (although the event was already in the bag given that the Americans led 14.5-3.5 entering the final day). Half of the US teams scored 3.5 or more points.

Presidents Cup 2017

Presidents Cup 2017

Justin Thomas takes a selfie with his USA teammates after they won the 2017 President’s Cup. (Photo: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Presidents Cup 2019

United States def. Internationals, 16-14

The event returned to Royal Melbourne for the second time in a decade and the Americans struggled once again. Entering Sunday’s singles down two, 10-8, captain Tiger Woods’ team battled Ernie Els and the Internationals, winning six matches and drawing four more to turn the match around and win by two.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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