US clinch 10th Presidents Cup win

Ruben Hill
October 4, 2017

After a humbling seventh successive Presidents Cup loss to the United States on Sunday it's back to the drawing board, according to Ernie Els, the man expected to be the next global team captain.

Els said the selection criteria for the worldwide team, comprising the top-10 players on the world rankings excluding those from Europe and Great Britain, badly needed attention.

The US team is filled by the top 10 players on a rolling, two-year tally of FedEx Cup points, before both teams select two captain's picks.

He watched for awhile from the glass-walled clubhouse at the 14th green, along with US PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and former commissioner Tim Finchem.

The Americans set themselves up for a stress-free Sunday by thrashing the internationals over 18 foursomes and fourball matches - allowing them just two wins over the first three days.

"They came in here riding a ton of momentum and a ton of confidence", Stricker said of his players, who included the winners of the last three major championships.

"We play these team events every second year and the U.S. team plays every year". The (Internationals) are really going to have to invest more in this as a group collectively (during) the "off year".

"I think home soil has played a big role this week".

"This (defeat) is on the cards (again) unless we really get our acts together". "It was very simple for us to put the team together", said 14-time major victor Woods.

"We all knew the guys were going to come out firing today to try and get a victory or to get a point for the team", said South African Louis Oosthuizen, a 1-up victor over Patrick Reed. "They're only going to get better", Day said. "So I think less matches, less points, will be definitely beneficial to us, but we'll wait and see, see where we go with the Tour".

MATCH OF THE DAY: Hideki Matsuyama made eight birdies and an eagle, and he still had to go 17 holes to beat Justin Thomas.

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas capped an impressive week on debut, taking down Jordan Spieth 2&1 and then Indian Anirban Lahiri fought super hard to halve his match with Kevin Kisner.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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