Sam Burns commented on the video: “You’re my favorite golfer Sungjae.”
Sungjae Im went 2-2-1 during last week’s Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, including a Sunday singles win over Cameron Young, 1 up.
His highlight moment of the week, however, came after the event was over.
During the after-party, Im dusted off the viral YouTube dance “Gangnam Style” and to say the players loved it would be an understatement.
On a video originally posted to Tony Finau’s Instagram account, the International team captain Trevor Immelman commented “HAHA.” Justin Thomas, one of the USA team leaders, chimed in, “You’re a legend!”
Sam Burns said, “You’re my favorite golfer Sungjae.”
“I have never seen a better display of golfers and a worse display of partiers, and I am the best partier.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – While Davis Love III may never make it public, Kevin Kisner knows that he was 13th man on Team USA, a last-minute Captain’s pick that otherwise belonged to the injured Will Zalatoris.
Kisner expected to be spending the week hunting, fishing and trying to gain some weight, he said, before Love called him during the Tour Championship and told him he might be needed.
“Kevin Kisner even put down his bow and picked up his clubs after thinking he might have a little bit of a break,” Love said.
Kisner made his second career appearance in the Presidents Cup and tallied a record of 0-2-1 this week, which included a loss Sunday to South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout. But Sunday night that was of little consequence to Kisner, who stole the show again in the post-victory press conference, beginning when he tossed an empty Fireball shooter into a sea of reporters.
His teammates had been calling Kisner, 38, Grandpa, but apparently experience has its benefits, as he explained. Asked about the pending team victory celebration that is sure to last into the wee hours of the morning, Kisner said, “My experience can ultimately win in this scenario. There is nothing that any of these (guys) can do that can hang with me tonight, I promise you.”
He continued: “I have never seen a better display of golfers and a worse display of partiers, and I am the best partier on this (dais). Amen.”
And in the perfect ending to the press conference he added, “That’s why they picked me. I got half a point, but I brought the fun.”
U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Davis Love III trusted that his 12-man team would deliver in Sunday singles.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After watching his team lose both sessions on Saturday and its lead heading into the final day trimmed to four points, U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Davis Love III trusted that his 12-man team would deliver in Sunday singles.
“This is one of our best formats, and they’re going to come out mad tomorrow,” he predicted.
Love front-loaded his lineup with several of the top players in the world to attempt to put a sea of red on the scoreboard early: Justin Thomas in the leadoff spot followed by Jordan Spieth, Sam Burns, Patrick Cantlay and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. They delivered mixed results, but Team U.S.A. needed just four points to retain the Presidents Cup and continue its domination in its biennial match, winning 17 ½-12 ½.
On an overcast fall day at Quail Hollow, they did enough to take care of business, led by Jordan Spieth, who went out in the second match of the day and defeated Australian Cam Davis 4 and 3. Spieth secured his first-ever victory in singles and notched a perfect record of 5-0, the first player from either team to do so since South African Branden Grace in 2015.
“It feels really good,” Spieth said. “When you go out early as I’ve done pretty much every team event on a Sunday, they’re looking for red on the board, and it feels good to finally provide that.”
Patrick Cantlay avenged his lone defeat of the week on Saturday afternoon, besting Adam Scott, 3 and 2.
“I knew it was really important for me to get my point today,” Cantlay said, “and I’m really content with how I played.”
But the outmanned International team kept it interesting until late Sunday. South Korea’s Si Woo Kim shushed the crowd, with his finger at 15 and silenced them with his putter on 18, draining a clutch birdie putt at 18 to edge Thomas 1 up.
“J.T. give me fist pump, and then I had to do it. And I had to make it, and I made it,” said Kim, who was a team-best 3-0-1, of his putt to tie the 15th hole. “Then, like, yeah, I had to do something. I think that give me more energy.”
Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz was 2-0-1 in the matches he played, knocking off World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who finished 0-3-1, by a score of 2 and 1.
“I believe Munoz is going to come out of this competition with a real infusion of self-belief and confidence,” NBC’s Paul Azinger said. “He has made some huge putts.”
Munoz likely would agree. “Probably one of the best things I ever achieved in my life,” he said.
Xander Schauffele essentially called his shot in clinching the winning point for Team USA.
“I’ll just save mine for tomorrow,” he said when asked for his highlight on Saturday.
Schauffele, who was in the seventh match of the day on Sunday and won a total of three points for his country, squandered a 3-up lead but hung on to defeat Canada’s Corey Conners 1 up.
“Just luck of the draw, you know what I mean?” Schauffele said. “It was close. It was stressful and what you saw there was a big sigh of relief.”
The U.S. team featured six of the top 10 in the world, while Hideki Matsuyama, who tied Sam Burns on Sunday, was the top-ranked international player at No. 17. Missing from the International side was World No. 3 Cameron Smith, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, who were among the defectors to LIV Golf and ineligible for the competition.
Nevertheless, the International side made a valiant comeback on Saturday. But they had dug a big hole, requiring a historic comeback of 8½ of the 12 points up for grabs.
“When you consider that we were 8-2 down on Friday evening, this team is no joke, and I’m sick and tired of it being spoken of as a joke,” International team captain Trevor Immelman said. “We love this event, and we love our team, and we cannot wait to run this back and have another shot.”
The International side featured eight rookies and had the youngest team in Presidents Cup history, including 20-year-old South Korean sensation Tom Kim, who won two big points on Saturday to lead a spirited charge as the International team outscored the Americans in a two-session day for the first time since 1998.
“This young kid has burst onto the scene in the last six months,” International team captain Trevor Immelman said. “He’s been such a tremendous gift to our sport. He has an ability to be a global superstar, this kid.”
In singles, Tom Kim blew a 3-up lead after 10 holes to Max Homa, who went 4-0, one of four rookies to go 4-0-0 or better all-time at the Presidents Cup.
The U.S. has won the Presidents Cup nine times in a row and 12 of 14 times, with one tie. The next match will be held in Montreal in 2024.
If the scene that unfolded Sunday on the first tee at Quail Hollow Club is any indication, Sammy Spieth is the next heir to the throne.
Shortly before beginning his Sunday singles match in the 2022 Presidents Cup against Cam Davis, Jordan Spieth walked out to big cheers from the home crowd as he walked over to his wife, Annie Spieth, and their son, Sammy.
Jordan grabbed his son and then turned him around and hoisted him to the crowd engulfing the first tee, bringing a loud cheer from the fans. Many quickly made the comparison to the movie “Lion King”, when Rafiki took Simba to the top of Pride Rock and held him up for all to see.
“It was fun to see him on the first tee,” Spieth told Golf Channel’s Steve Sands after his match. “That was super cool. He’s finally old enough to just be looking around and taking it all in and being interested in everything. He loves the ear muffs luckily because it has been loud out here.”
Spieth beat Cam Davis 4 and 3 in singles, becoming the first U.S. player to go 5-0-0 in Presidents Cup play since Jim Furyk in 2011.
Notah Begay can only remember one time when Tiger Woods didn’t pay attention to him.
Notah Begay can only remember one time when Tiger didn’t pay attention to him. It was during the 2000 Presidents Cup and Begay asked him for a layup number at a par 5.
“It was alternate shot, and I asked him for a number that he wanted, and he wouldn’t tell me,” Begay recalled. “So what I did was I laid him up to his most uncomfortable number because I knew what his most uncomfortable number was.”
What was the yardage that made Tiger uncomfortable? Begay said it was just inside 100 yards.
“So I laid him up to a bad number on purpose because he was making me mad,” Begay said.
His move almost cost them big time in their match as Tiger skulled the third shot over the green into a back bunker, and forcing Begay to splash out close to the hole just to escape with a tie.
“We both walked off the green kind of chuckling at each other because he knew that he actually should have given me a number for me to lay up to instead of me having to figure it out on my own,” Begay said. “But we’re like brothers. We always have been.”
“When we talk about things money can’t buy, money cannot buy that feeling.”
CHARLOTTE – Max Homa hounded U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Davis Love III for the better part of the year that he wanted to be on his team. On Friday, he delivered on his captain’s pick by holing two clutch putts to secure a 1-up victory with fellow rookie Billy Horschel in their four-ball match against the Canadian pairing of Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith.
Homa, who captured his fifth PGA Tour title at last week’s Fortinet Championship in Napa, California, was asked to compare winning a team match to winning an individual title and he didn’t hesitate in giving his response.
“A hundred times better,” he said. “This to me is top of the top.”
Making this team was a dream come true for Homa, something he considered to be “unthinkable” just five years ago as his career hit rock bottom. He figures he’s hit somewhere around a million golf balls since then and beyond the inflated balance in his bank account, he pointed to making the U.S. team as a symbol of his success.
“You can like quantify it and you can say, dang, like I made this,” he said last week.
Still, he came to Quail Hollow this week with something to prove. He’s heard the haters and doubters on social media who question whether he would have been selected for the team if Dustin Johnson and other LIV defectors weren’t ineligible for the team. It only serves as fuel.
I don’t understand why @maxhoma23 is continuously being called a rising star? Why does the phrase “solidify his spot” in the top echelon of golf keep coming up? Am I not watching the same player?
Homa got his feet wet in Thursday’s foursomes, earning a point alongside Tony Finau for Team USA. He understood exactly how Billy Horschel felt as he made his debut in an atmosphere unlike anything he’d ever experienced.
“There’s so many people, you can feel them on the back of your neck,” Homa said.
The U.S. built a 2-up lead on the front nine despite Homa being shut out of birdies. He contributed his first at the par-5 12th hole, but the Canadians didn’t go down without a fight. The match was tied on the 17th hole when Pendrith’s 19-foot birdie putt horseshoed out. The door was open for Homa to win the hole and he poured in his 11-foot putt and pumped his fist in jubilation. Only days earlier, during his pre-competition press conference, he had said, “I don’t know if I’ll ever have the swag and the cool factor to run around on the green like Tiger and do fist bumps. I think about it and never do it and just wave.”
But there he was pumping his fist, lost in the moment and the euphoria of playing for his country and 40,000 fans cheering him on, not to mention his 11 teammates.
“I feel very thankful. I’m not super, super close with anybody on this team, but I have always respected and gotten along with everybody, and it’s been amazing to watch these 11 other guys who are incredibly good, incredibly acclaimed, so many accomplishments, cheering us on coming down the stretch,” Homa said. “I’ve been in the last match both days, and to be able to see that is special for me.”
Team USA headed to the 18th hole clinging to a 1-up lead, but Pendrith buried a birdie putt from 13 feet and it looked as if the International team would salvage a tie and a half point. Homa eyed an 11-foot birdie putt to try to answer and claim a full point for his team. He said he felt the weight of trying to win the match for his teammates but also this is what all those hours on the practice green had been for. The putt dropped and Homa pumped his right fist again and again. Tiger would’ve been proud of his effort and the primal scream Homa unleashed.
Later, when asked about his celebration, he said, “I don’t think I said I don’t do fist pumps. That might have been Cam Young. One time J.T. almost punched me in the face with an uppercut fist pump. So he showed me how to do it. Yeah, I think you might have been thinking of Cam Young. I think he just grins when something good happens.”
But there was no doubt that it was a side of Homa golf fans had never seen before.
“Max Homa is in full show-off mode,” said Azinger, “what a moment for this guy.”
That’s the power of these biennial team competitions, where a gold cup and not piles of green paper is the currency of the day.
The crowd broke into a frenzy. Homa chest-bumped teammates. Horschel rushed to hug him and the rest of his teammates weren’t far behind. The U.S. lead grew to 8-2.
“I mean, I was nervous as could be over that putt, but it was fun,” Homa said. “I was telling my wife, when we talk about things money can’t buy, money cannot buy that feeling. And that was something that I will remember forever, and I will tell anybody who ever wants to hear about it how that felt.”
Jordan Spieth is known for his ridiculous par saves, and he did it again during his Friday four-ball match at the 2022 Presidents Cup.
The regular 18th hole at Quail Hollow Club is playing as the 15th this week, and Spieth’s drive found the right-hand rough just along the tree line. With his partner, Justin Thomas, in his pocket, he had to try a risky shot. His ball actually landed in the hazard that runs alongside the left of the green but ricocheted to the right, eventually finishing long of the green.
Spieth’s chip shot was a decent one, settling 12 feet from the hole.
And like he’s done so many times before, Spieth nailed the par putt to keep the U.S. side 3 up in the match. They went on to win the match, 2 and 1.
Thomas showed his appreciation with a celebration that originated in the movie ‘Major League II.’
Like the opening tee shot wasn’t nerve-wracking enough.
The United States has a lot to celebrate after opening the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a 4-1 victory in the first foursomes session Thursday over the International squad.
Well, another Tom has joined him in the ripped-pants ranks. Tom Kim, the 20-year-old Presidents Cup rookie, tore his pants before the start of his Friday four-ball match. He’s paired with Hideki Matsuyama and the talented combo is set to face off against Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Luckily for Kim, they were able to find an extra pair of pants and he’s good to go for the afternoon.
The best part is this isn’t the first time he’s done it this week. He ripped his pants during tournament preparation, too.
Rumor on the range is that Tom Kim has ripped his pants. Even more surprising, this is the second time this week he’s done so😂
The Presidents Cup, now in its 14th edition, first launched in 1994.
The Presidents Cup, now in its 14th edition, first launched in 1994.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia, was the host site for the first biennial competition pitting the top 12 American golfers vs. 12 of the best golfers from around the world, minus the European nations.
The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, was named honorary chairman.
The team captains were Hale Irwin, who also played for the U.S., and David Graham for the International squad.
The U.S. won that inaugural event, 20-12. Davis Love III went 4-0-1 that week, while Fred Couples went 3-0. Jay Haas (3-2-0) and Jim Gallagher, Jr. (3-1-1) also each won three matches for the U.S.
The International squad, which lost Greg Norman just days before the competition due to illness, was led by Vijay Singh, who went 3-1-1.