"I think it was just an oversight on his part", said worldwide captain Nick Price. They have the ideal blend of power, accuracy, and touch, and this deadly combination helps make this team an elite one.
Knowing they would have to win the last two holes to win the Presidents Cup on Saturday before the singles matches on Sunday, Hoffman miraculously chipped in for birdie. Had he shown up much later, he might have missed the start of a long celebration for an American team that rarely had it this easy.
To say that the Presidents Cup is a poor relation of the Ryder Cup is a massive understatement. Thomas and Berger won, 3 & 2. He wound up winning the wildest match of the day.
"I'm speechless right now, " Berger said. It was always going to be tough for the Internationals to beat the US, but Price might have sunk them before the tournament even started. "What a feeling. You dream of moments like this".
"In alternate shot, in these conditions, not to make a bogey and for us to just win 1 up, that's a heck of a battle that we had with those guys", Kuchar said. "I don't know how to explain it, but it was like playing golf with my buddies". The International team made just two birdies against five bogeys and a double bogey. We have to go out and be positive.
The appearance was Trump's second at a golf tournament this year; the president attended the U.S. Women's Open, which was hosted by Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, back in July. I'm exhausted. It's a long process. I'm hoping that I can redeem myself this week. "We're all close and we're all good friends and we're all really good players, so we do have a lot of trust in each other", Johnson said.
The International team, comprised of players from around the world except for Europe, have lost nine of the 11 competitions and Price said it was hard to come together as a team.
"Yesterday I drove it well but today I was all over the place", said Matsuyama, who lost his foursomes match on Thursday with Charl Schwartzel. I didn't even mention the whole roster yet but the guys I mentioned alone make up for a risky squad.
Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson needed to go a little deeper into the round to beat Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela in a back and forth match that the Americans win 2 and 1 by taking the 17th hole. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed were squaring with Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen.
Dustin Johnson tweaked Spieth about his singles record, saying, "How does it feel to be 0-5 in singles?"
"And then you look at their talent on the team, it's pretty exceptional, too".
Spieth said afterward, "That was my only chance".
Tiger Woods called his assistant captaincy this week "fantastic". "We've had a lot of laughs".
"I didn't want to lose, " Matsuyama said. They already conceded the birdie to me.