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The 2015 Presidents Cup was the 11th Presidents Cup, played at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea from 8–11 October. It was the first time the Presidents Cup was played in Asia.[1]

2015 Presidents Cup
Dates8–11 October 2015
VenueJack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
LocationIncheon, South Korea
Captains
International 14½ 15½ USA
USA wins the Presidents Cup
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Jack Nicklaus Golf Club is located in South Korea
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club
Location in South Korea

The United States won for the sixth successive time with a 15½–14½ victory over the International team.[2][3]

Course layoutEdit

Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea[4]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 426 424 591 396 170 471 560 234 452 3,724 435 430 463 207 361 572 477 202 542 3,689 7,413
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 36 72

FormatEdit

The format changed from previous Cup play. The first two days consisted of five matches of foursomes and five matches of fourball. The third day consisted of four matches of foursomes and four matches of fourball. The host team captain decided the order, fourball vs. foursomes, on the first three days. On the fourth and final day, twelve singles matches were played. 30 matches were played in all. All matches that are all-square after 18 holes scored ½ point for each team.[5]

Each member of the teams had to play in a minimum of two matches in the first three days, a reduction from the three match minimum from 2003 to 2013.[6]

Team qualification and selectionEdit

Both teams had 12 players.

International teamEdit

The International team featured the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking at the conclusion of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship on 7 September and two captain's picks. The captain's picks were announced on 8 September 2015.[7]

The final standings were:[8]

Position Player Average
1 Jason Day 11.05
2 Louis Oosthuizen 4.69
3 Adam Scott 4.57
4 Hideki Matsuyama 4.26
5 Branden Grace 3.83
6 Marc Leishman 2.91
7 Anirban Lahiri 2.66
8 Charl Schwartzel 2.61
9 Thongchai Jaidee 2.58
10 Danny Lee 2.39
11 Steven Bowditch 2.38
12 An Byeong-hun 2.29
13 John Senden 2.26
14 Matt Jones 2.19
15 George Coetzee 2.19

United States teamEdit

The United States team featured the 10 players who earn the most official FedExCup points from the 2013 BMW Championship through to the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship, with points earned in the calendar year 2015 counting double, and two captain's picks. The captain's picks were announced on 8 September 2015.[7]

On 2 October it was announced that Jim Furyk would not play in the Presidents Cup due to a wrist injury, and would be replaced by J. B. Holmes. Furyk served instead as an assistant captain.[9]

The final standings were:[10]

Position Player Points
1 Jordan Spieth 10,521
2 Bubba Watson 7,416
3 Jimmy Walker 6,609
4 Zach Johnson 5,838
5 Jim Furyk 5,778
6 Rickie Fowler 5,770
7 Dustin Johnson 5,532
8 Patrick Reed 5,148
9 Matt Kuchar 4,693
10 Chris Kirk 4,426
11 Bill Haas 4,140
12 J. B. Holmes 4,075
13 Charley Hoffman 4,004
14 Billy Horschel 3,956
15 Brandt Snedeker 3,913

TeamsEdit

CaptainsEdit

Jay Haas captained the U.S. team, and Nick Price captained the International team. Haas served as the captain's assistant for the previous three U.S. teams. Price was the International team captain in 2013.[1]

Fred Couples was a captain's assistant for the U.S. team, and K. J. Choi was a vice-captain for the International team.[1]

PlayersEdit

International team
Player Country Age Points
rank
OWGR Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 58 Non-playing captain
K. J. Choi   South Korea 45 Non-playing assistant captain
Tony Johnstone   Zimbabwe 59 Non-playing assistant captain
Mark McNulty   Zimbabwe 61 Non-playing assistant captain
Jason Day   Australia 27 1 2 2 10 4–4–2 50.00
Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 32 2 13 1 5 1–3–1 30.00
Adam Scott   Australia 35 3 14 6 30 12–15–3 45.00
Hideki Matsuyama   Japan 23 4 15 1 5 1–3–1 30.00
Branden Grace   South Africa 27 5 22 1 4 0–4–0 0.00
Marc Leishman   Australia 31 6 37 1 4 2–2–0 50.00
Anirban Lahiri   India 28 7 39 0 Rookie
Charl Schwartzel   South Africa 31 8 47 2 10 5–4–1 55.00
Thongchai Jaidee   Thailand 45 9 31 0 Rookie
Danny Lee   New Zealand 25 10 36 0 Rookie
Steven Bowditch   Australia 32 11 58 0 Rookie
Bae Sang-moon   South Korea 29 19 88 0 Rookie
  United States team
Player Age Points
rank
OWGR Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Jay Haas 61 Non-playing captain
Fred Couples 56 Non-playing assistant captain
Jim Furyk 45 Non-playing assistant captain
Davis Love III 51 Non-playing assistant captain
Steve Stricker 48 Non-playing assistant captain
Jordan Spieth 22 1 1 1 4 2–2–0 50.00
Bubba Watson 36 2 4 1 5 3–2–0 60.00
Jimmy Walker 36 3 17 0 Rookie
Zach Johnson 39 4 10 3 13 7–6–0 53.85
Rickie Fowler 26 6 5 0 Rookie
Dustin Johnson 31 7 8 1 5 1–3–1 30.00
Patrick Reed 25 8 19 0 Rookie
Matt Kuchar 37 9 16 2 10 4–5–1 45.00
Chris Kirk 30 10 27 0 Rookie
Bill Haas 33 11 29 2 10 3–5–2 40.00
J. B. Holmes 33 12 18 0 Rookie
Phil Mickelson 45 30 24 10 47 20–16–11 54.26
  • Captain's picks shown in yellow
  • Ages as of 8 October; OWGR as of 5 October, the last ranking before the Cup

NotablesEdit

Anirban Lahiri (India) and Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) became the first representatives of their respective countries to play in the Presidents Cup. Phil Mickelson has appeared in all eleven Presidents Cups. Host country South Korea was represented with vice captain K. J. Choi, Danny Lee (who plays as a New Zealander, but was born in South Korea), and Bae Sang-moon in his last competition before his military obligation.

Thursday's foursomes matchesEdit

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International Results United States
Scott/Matsuyama 3 & 2 Watson/Holmes
Oosthuizen/Grace 3 & 2 Kuchar/Reed
Lahiri/Jaidee 5 & 4 Fowler/Walker
Day/Bowditch 2 up Mickelson/Z. Johnson
Lee/Leishman 4 & 3 Spieth/D. Johnson
1 Foursomes 4
1 Overall 4

Friday's fourball matchesEdit

The American pairing of Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson were penalised 1 hole after Mickelson played a harder ball at the par 5 7th hole, in contravention to a "one-ball condition". The one-ball condition states that a player must use the same type of ball throughout his round. The one-ball condition was in place for the fourball matches, although not for the foursomes. After his tee shot, Mickelson was incorrectly informed by a rules official that he was disqualified from the hole and Mickelson picked up his ball. The correct penalty was a loss of 1 hole, which was adjusted to the state of the match after the 7th hole. However, it was then too late for Mickelson, who could have played out the 7th hole. Jason Day won the 7th hole with a birdie 4. The match had been all square after 6 holes but, with the International pair winning the 7th hole and with the 1 hole penalty, the International pair became 2 up after 7 holes. The match ended up all square.[12]

International Results United States
Oosthuizen/Grace 4 & 3 D. Johnson/Spieth
Lee/Bae 1 up Fowler/Walker
Scott/Day halved Z. Johnson/Mickelson
Leishman/Bowditch 2 up Holmes/Watson
Jaidee/Schwartzel 2 & 1 Haas/Kirk
Fourball
Overall

Saturday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

International Results United States
Oosthuizen/Grace 3 & 2 Reed/Fowler
Scott/Leishman halved Watson/Holmes
Bae/Matsuyama halved Haas/Kuchar
Day/Schwartzel 1 up D. Johnson/Spieth
2 Foursomes 2
Overall

Afternoon fourballEdit

By winning their match, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace became the first International pair to win four matches, playing together, in a Presidents Cup match. Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods, in 2009, were previously the only pair to have achieved this.

International Results United States
Oosthuizen/Grace 1 up Holmes/Watson
Scott/Lahiri 3 & 2 Mickelson/Z. Johnson
Bae/Matsuyama 6 & 5 Walker/Kirk
Day/Schwartzel 3 & 2 Reed/Spieth
2 Fourball 2
Overall

Sunday's singles matchesEdit

The United States won the Presidents Cup for the sixth straight time, defeating the International team 15½ to 14½. American Bill Haas, the son of team captain Jay Haas, clinched the victory on the final hole of the final match. With Haas 1 up, Bae needed to win the 18th to halve the match and the Presidents Cup. Bae mishit his third shot, a chip, and then missed his fourth shot. Haas then hit his third shot, from a bunker, to 6 feet and Bae conceded the match.[13] Earlier Branden Grace has won his singles match, becoming only the fifth player to win five matches in a Presidents Cup match. In the 2013 Presidents Cup he had lost all four of his matches.

International Results United States Timetable
Oosthuizen halved Reed 2nd: 10–10
Scott 6 & 5 Fowler 1st: –9½
Lee 2 & 1 D. Johnson 3rd: 10–11
Matsuyama 1 up Holmes 5th: 11–12
Jaidee halved Watson 6th: 11½–12½
Bowditch 2 up Walker 7th: 12½–12½
Schwartzel 5 & 4 Mickelson 4th: 10–12
Lahiri 1 up Kirk 8th: 12½–13½
Leishman 1 up Spieth 10th: 13½–14½
Day 3 & 2 Z. Johnson 9th: 12½–14½
Grace 2 & 1 Kuchar 11th: 14½–14½
Bae 2 up Haas 12th: 14½–15½
6 Singles 6
14½ Overall 15½

Individual player recordsEdit

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.

InternationalEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Bae Sang-moon 2.5 2–1–1 0–1–0 0–0–1 2–0–0
Steven Bowditch 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Jason Day 0.5 0–4–1 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–1–1
Branden Grace 5 5–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 2–0–0
Thongchai Jaidee 1.5 1–1–1 0–0–1 0–1–0 1–0–0
Anirban Lahiri 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Danny Lee 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Marc Leishman 1.5 1–2–1 1–0–0 0–1–1 0–1–0
Hideki Matsuyama 2.5 2–1–1 1–0–0 0–1–1 1–0–0
Louis Oosthuizen 4.5 4–0–1 0–0–1 2–0–0 2–0–0
Charl Schwartzel 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Adam Scott 2 1–2–2 1–0–0 0–1–1 0–1–1

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Rickie Fowler 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 0–1–0
Bill Haas 1.5 1–1–1 1–0–0 0–0–1 0–1–0
J. B. Holmes 2.5 2–2–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 1–1–0
Dustin Johnson 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–1–0
Zach Johnson 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
Chris Kirk 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–2–0
Matt Kuchar 0.5 0–2–1 0–1–0 0–1–1 0–0–0
Phil Mickelson 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
Patrick Reed 1.5 1–2–1 0–0–1 0–2–0 1–0–0
Jordan Spieth 3 3–2–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 1–1–0
Jimmy Walker 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 1–0–0 0–2–0
Bubba Watson 3 2–1–2 0–0–1 1–0–1 1–1–0

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Harig, Bob (11 October 2015). "Match-play excitement on display at drama-filled Presidents Cup". ESPN. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Bill Haas Helps American Team Secure Sixth Straight Presidents Cup". The New York Times. Associated Press. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Course Overview". Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Presidents Cup format changes to impact 2015 event". PGA Tour. 24 August 2015.
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  7. ^ a b "The Presidents Cup Event Info". Presidents Cup. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Presidents Cup Points (International)". PGA Tour. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
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  10. ^ "Presidents Cup Points (United States)". PGA Tour. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Presidents Cup: USA lead International team 4-1 on day one". BBC Sport. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
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  13. ^ "U.S. beats Internationals 15½ to 14½ to win Presidents Cup". ESPN. Associated Press. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.

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