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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 261
H AD US President Donald Trump himself not shown up for Sunday’s trophy ceremony, the 2017 Presidents Cup would very much have been a case of “move along, nothing to see here”. With Trump in attendance at the event’s conclusion for the first time in its history, any fears he might have to present the prize to a group of International interlopers on US soil were allayed long before the weekend, with the Americans laying the foundation for a pasting not seen since 2000, when Peter Thomson captained our team to a 21.5 to 10.5 defeat in Virginia. By Friday evening, the home team had turned Liberty National into its own personal playground, having conceded only one match to open up an 8-2 lead, which it extended to 11.5 to 2.5 by claiming three of the Saturday morning foursomes contests and halving the other, and then 14.5 to 3.5 after winning three of the fourball matches in the afternoon. Only some belated points in the Sunday singles, including from our own Adam Scott and Jason Day – with his first full point since 2013 – prevented the kind of result from which the International team (and the event itself) might never recover. As it stands, there is a mountain of work to be done over the next two years if the Presidents Cup is to be resurrected as a competition of genuine substance. When one team has won 10 of 12 editions, tied another, and remains unbeaten in 17 years, the golfing public’s patience can last only so long.
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