This Sunday at the Presidents Cup is best left to our imaginations.
Imagine what it might have been with the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty framing a tight 12-match singles shootout between the United States team and the Internationals at telegenic Liberty National.
Kind of hard to picture that at this point with the Americans needing just one point in the Sunday singles match to officially win another Presidents Cup. That would be 10 American victories in 12 Presidents Cup, in case you’ve lost count.
To this point, the only disappointment from the American perspective has been their failure to officially close out the Internationals in the chilly wind Saturday afternoon. It was on the verge of happening until Si Woo Kim and Anirban Lahiri did the strangest thing.
They beat Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell, 1 up, in Saturday’s third match of the afternoon. It was almost unthinkable because to that point, there had been 17 matches played and the Internationals had won just one.
That’s right – one.
Which explains why this Presidents Cup is as lopsided as it is.
After Kim and Lahiri won their match to end the day, International captain Nick Price said they were greeted by a standing ovation when they entered the team room at the course.
“Our guys haven’t lost their sense of humor,” Price said.
Why is it like this? The simple explanation is this:
The Americans were better coming in and they’ve played borderline brilliantly, particularly Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. No surprise there.
The Internationals have been overmatched and played poorly as a team.
“We have not had any momentum,” Price said.
Is the gap between the two as big as the scoreboard suggests?
In reality, probably not.
But it’s tough to argue otherwise at this point.
“We’ve just played better golf,” Spieth said. “If this was a 24-man field, we would have 12 of the top 15 probably.”
SUNDAY SINGLES PAIRINGS
12:04 p.m. Kevin Chappell (U.S.) vs. Marc Leishman (International)
12:15 p.m. Charley Hoffman (U.S.) vs. Jason Day (International)
12:26 p.m. Justin Thomas (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama (International)
12:37 p.m. Daniel Berger (U.S.) vs. Si Woo Kim (International)
12:48 p.m. Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Charl Schwartzel (International)
12:59 p.m. Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (International)
1:10 p.m. Dustin Johnson (U.S.) vs. Branden Grace (International)
1:21 p.m. Brooks Koepka (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott (International)
1:32 p.m. Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Jhonattan Vegas (International)
1:43 p.m. Kevin Kisner (U.S.) vs. Anirban Lahiri (International)
1:54 p.m. Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Adam Hadwin (International)
2:05 p.m. Rickie Fowler (U.S.) vs. Emiliano Grillo (International)