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NOTABLE QUOTES: PRESIDENTS CUP FINAL DAY SINGLES MATCHES – U.S. DEFEATS INTERNATIONALS 16-14 TO WIN PRESIDENTS CUP

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Presidents Cup – Final Day Foursomes Matches

Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 (Australia – Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019)

 

** U.S. defeated Internationals 16-14 to win the Presidents Cup

** U.S. defeated Internationals 8-4 on the Final Day singles matches.

** NBC will air an encore presentation of the Final Day singles matches Sunday from 1-6 p.m. ET

 

Final Day Singles Matches Results (U.S. defeated Internationals 16-14)

Tiger Woods (U.S.)                3&2     Abraham Ancer (INT)

Tony Finau (U.S.)                   TIE      Hideki Matsuyam (INT)

Patrick Reed (U.S.)                 4&2     C.T. Pan (INT)

Dustin Johnson (U.S.)             4&3     Haotong Li (INT)

Bryson DeChambeau (U.S.)   TIE      Adam Hadwin (INT)

Sungjae Im (INT)                   4&3     Gary Woodland (U.S.)

Patrick Cantlay (U.S.)             3&2     Joaquin Niemann (INT)

Xander Schauffele (U.S.)       2&1     Adam Scott (INT)

Webb Simpson (U.S.)             2&1     Byeong Hun An (INT)

Cameron Smith (INT)            2&1     Justin Thomas (U.S.)

Matt Kuchar (U.S.)                 TIE      Louis Oosthuizen (INT)

Rickie Fowler (U.S.)               TIE      Marc Leishman (INT)

 

On the U.S. team winning the 2019 Presidents Cup

Paul Azinger – “This is a mountaintop experience for a guy like Tiger Woods. To be able to be the leader for those guys. Trust ended up being the rallying cry. Tiger kept it simple this week. Azinger – “Tiger casts a big shadow. They wanted to win for Tiger and I think they felt the pressure but they responded because he said, ‘I trust you,’ and that meant a lot to all of them.”

Azinger – “The Americans brought the hammer out, and the Internationals were the nails.”

Azinger – “Tiger Woods put the no alcohol moratorium on the players when they left the Bahamas, but I imagine time is running out on that.”

Azinger – “What a comeback by the United States. They did what they needed to do.”

Azinger – “It looked like a mismatch, but everybody showed up this week.”

Azinger – “Ernie did a tremendous job. I do believe he has created a different culture and created some continuity on this International squad.”

Azinger – “Ernie really took the bull by the horns and made what looked like on paper a lopsided competition a nail biter for all of us.”

 

Tiger Woods speaking with Steve Sands following the U.S. team’s victory

Tiger Woods – “We did it together. We came here as a team. My teammates and my boys all played well. The captains did an amazing job of being there of just being there for every little detail. I couldn’t have done it with all of their help. All of my boys. They did it.”

Woods – “It has been one of the more amazing challenges but Stricks, Couples and Zach, they were amazing and all the guys. They believed in one another, we relied on one another as a team and we did it together.”

Woods – “I trust all of my 11 guys. I trust them implicitly. I’ve told them that from the get go. They went out there and got the points we needed. We fought, even the points we lost we were making them earn every one of them. This Cup wasn’t going to be given to us. We had to go earn it and we did.”

 

International team captain Ernie Els speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following the Presidents Cup

Ernie Els – “I think the first match was big. We were up in that match and it didn’t quite go our way. They got some momentum going but we were right there right at the end. Just a couple of matches didn’t quite go our way. I also think that second session, when we were really going hard, the Americans won this 18th hole. There were 2, 2.5 points that we didn’t get on that day and that was probably the difference.”

Els – “I just love these guys. We spent the whole week together and we spent all year together with all of the meetings we’ve had and then buying into all of the stuff I came up with. They were 100 percent behind me and I was 100 with them. It was just a collective effort of great people. Our wives, caddies, our staff, PGA TOUR staff, everybody worked together on this one. We didn’t get the result we wanted but we did get to 10 points in the four sessions of team play. That means the team building was a success.”

Els (on whether he will captain the 2021 Presidents Cup) – “We’ll have to discuss that. There has been a lot of work going into this. I love these guys. Historically it doesn’t really go well but we’ll see. I love these guys. We’ll talk about it, take in this defeat that we had today and we’ll talk. I’m not sure yet.”

 

On Matt Kuchar tying Louis Oosthuizen, clinching the Presidents Cup for the U.S.

Paul Azinger – “Two most relaxed personalities out here in the most pressure-packed situation

 

Matt Kuchar speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following the Presidents Cup

Matt Kuchar – “Such a thrill. I can’t tell you what it felt like, what the emotions that were running through my body were, but I was basically jumping out of my skin when that putt went it knowing that was the clinching half. And to see everybody on 17 green knowing exactly what that meant, to be able to come through and do that, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It was an awesome feeling.”

Kuchar – “For Tiger to put me and Rickie on the back two groups to say ‘Hey, counting on you guys, we need you to come through. To have a 3-down through three start, we kept at it. The team kept at it, I kept at it. I literally was jumping out of my skin with joy after 17.”

Kuchar – “What a thrill to play for the greatest ever, arguably, and to have him as a playing captain. It was so cool to watch him go out and still be the best player on the golf course. It was awesome. None of us wanted to let him down. We were so excited to make the team, no way we wanted to let him down and to come back how we did was such a thrill.”

 

On Tiger Woods defeating Abraham Ancer 3&2

Paul Azinger – “Watch out for Tiger Woods next year. These young guys might be getting what they asked for. They have wanted to compete against Tiger, and his game right now is awesome.”

Azinger – “Ancer got an up close and personal look at what the best player in the game can do.”

Azinger – “Tiger is in the Greg Maddux part of his career. That 91 mile-per-hour-fastball has turned into 86. But Greg Maddux won some Cy Youngs with that 86 mile-per-hour fastball and Tiger is doing that right now.”

Dan Hicks – “He has been the best player on the team this week.”

David Feherty – “Tiger has not even come close to making a mistake today.”

Tiger Woods speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following his match

Woods – “About six feet out the match was over. I think I went with experience. I have been out in this session before as leadoff batter. I did it at Oakland Hills against Paul Casey. I’m familiar with being out front and leading the team from there. I didn’t play yesterday so I was well rested game wise and I felt like I was hitting the ball well.”

Woods – “It was interesting, the only time I looked at the board all day because I had to take care of my match was Tony. I looked up at the board twice, saw that he was three down, and then I looked up and saw that he was all-square.

Woods – “I love playing with my teammates and I couldn’t have had a better group of guys to captain for. So having the ability to both this week was a special experience, one that I will never forget. Now we need to go win this Cup today.”

 

On Patrick Reed defeating C.T. Pan 4&2

Jim “Bones” Mackay – “Patrick has been incredible. He is certainly using what is being said to fire himself up.”

David Feherty – “He is Captain Insensitive. Nothing seems to faze him.”

David Feherty – “When he is not ticking them off, off the golf course, he is really annoying them on the golf course with his birdies. He is Captain Obnoxious.”

Gary Koch – “He just seems to thrive on these controversial situations. It brings out the best in him somehow, some way.”

Patrick Reed speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following his match

Patrick Reed – “I think the biggest thing is that it was a team effort. With family back home and also the captain and the teammates, they said, ‘Hey man, the only thing we can do is go out and play the best golf that you can. Play your match and try to win a point. At this point it was bigger than just going out to playing golf. It was going out to get a point for our team and going out and getting the momentum going since I was out early.”

Reed – “You make birdies you don’t hear much. The biggest thing today, which I felt like we didn’t do early on this week was we didn’t get up on our matches. We didn’t get up on top. When you are not up on your matches and the other team is, the crowds are going to get more vocal. But if you come out storming and you start making birdies, you get up on that match, the crowd will get pretty quiet. I was able to do that today and kind of get going and silence the crowd a little bit.”

Reed – “Kessler was definitely missed but at the same time K.K. has been out there with us – Kessler and I – during practice rounds and practice. He knew kind of what to do and how to handle different situations. And kind of like Kessler, he is so even keel that it was easy to go out there and play golf.”

Reed – “I think the biggest thing is just to continue grinding and not let the crowds or let people get in the way of what you are trying to do and that is play golf. The past couple of days were tough and today still wasn’t easy. I played some amazing golf and even though I got up a lot early, C.T., with how good of a golfer that he is, he put the pressure right back on. He made clutch putt after clutch putt and made some birdies in the middle of the round to keep the match interesting and to keep me thinking.”

 

On Dustin Johnson defeating Haotong Li 4&3

Dustin Johnson speaking with GOLF Channel’s Mark Rolfing following his match

Dustin Johnson – “You definitely look at the board. Obviously I know we got off to a good start and guys are playing really well. For me, it is just important to go out and try to get my point. I played really well today. I hit the ball great. Other than two shots off the tee I played really, really solid. Obviously he struggled a little bit. I definitely put a lot of pressure on him because I hit some great shots today.”

 

On Patrick Cantlay defeating Joaquin Niemann 3&2

Paul Azinger – This is about as much pressure as you can as a guy to play and Patrick is making birdies all over the place.”

Jim “Bones” Mackay – “This young man [Cantlay] continues to impress and the likes of he and Xander Schauffele are going to be playing on these teams and representing the U.S. for years to come.”

Gary Koch – “Niemann ran into a buzz saw in Patrick Cantlay today.”

 

On Xander Schauffele defeating Adam Scott 2&1

Xander Schauffele speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following his match

Xander Schauffele – “It’s stressful man. I felt like I was in control from the beginning. Scott gave me a few gifts early which I was happy to take advantage of. When he made that long putt at 10, I told Austin [caddie], get ready for every sporting event, game, where the opposition tries to push. I just told Kaiser to make sure that we are ready for it.”

Schauffele – “Panic at certain points. It wasn’t the picturesque finish I wanted. Scott had an amazing eagle of 16. I think I hit a camera guy and lost 40 yards off my tee ball. So, it was kind of a stressful finish for a rook here but just glad I could two-putt a 10-footer.”

 

On Webb Simpson defeating Byeong Hun An 2&1

Webb Simpson speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following his match

 

Webb Simpson – “It is amazing. You don’t go through the emotions like this in any other tournament. This and the Ryder Cup for us are the biggest emotion swings I’ve ever faced. But today I made up my mind on the way to the first tee I wasn’t going to look at anything. If it came down to it and I needed to it, I’d ask Paul [caddie] but other than that I just kept my head down. So when I finished off I didn’t know where we stood so I’m asking guys, ‘did you win,’ ‘did you win,’ so it’s a good feeling.”

Simpson – “I remember Jim Furyk in 2011 telling me that at the end of your career, you are going to remember your wins, your majors and your team events. I took it to heart and I realize that team events are the best memories you are going to have. So being with these guys this week, I was 0-3 but I had already built so many good memories that it was still a good week for me but I did want to come out and finish strong today.”

 

On Cameron Smith defeating Justin Thomas 2&1

Dan Hicks – “A little thunder from down under by Cameron Smith, taking down one of the American stalwarts in Justin Thomas.”

 

Cameron Smith speaking with GOLF Channel’s Steve Sands following his match

Cameron Smith – “It was pretty special out there today. Lots of family and friends. Obviously the support for the internationals this week has been really good. No words really. It has been awesome.”

Smith – “It was tough all day, obviously the TV’s around the golf course and seeing the scores and what is going on. Rooting for them and trying to do your job as well is tough work. I know that put a smile on the captain’s face I’m sure.”

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