In the shadow of Lady Liberty, the Americans administered a Presidents Cup licking last week.
A stacked U.S. team routed the International squad, 19-11, in the PGA Tour’s biennial Ryder Cup-inspired showcase staged this year at Liberty National Golf Club, a place boasting stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. It was so lopsided that the Yanks nearly finished the job on Saturday, with all 12 Sunday singles matches still to play.
As it was, Steve Stricker’s U.S. charges started Sunday with a 14½-3½ lead and clinched victory when Daniel Berger went dormie against Si Woo Kim in the fourth singles match.
With their convincing triumph, the Americans increased their all-time series lead to 10-1-1. They are the Harlem Globetrotters to the Internationals’ Washington Generals in this affair.
The only International victory in the Presidents Cup remains the 1998 match at Australia’s Royal Melbourne, in which sparkplug-sized Shigeki Maruyama and Craig Parry starred alongside Hall of Famers Greg Norman, Ernie Els and Nick Price, the hard-luck International skipper for the last three matches.
With the Presidents Cup returning to Royal Melbourne in two years, the Internationals can only hope history repeats itself.
In England, Paul Dunne won the British Masters, chipping in for birdie at the 72nd hole to cap a closing 61 and defeating Rory McIlroy by three strokes. The victory was the 24-year-old Irishman’s first on the European Tour and a potential-fulfilling moment for a player who as an amateur shared the 54-hole lead at the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews.
And in Auckland, Brooke Henderson won the LPGA’s McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open in a finish delayed until today by wild and woolly Sunday weather.