After the International team pulled to within 11-7 after eight matches on Saturday, the Americans needed to capture only 4½ of the last 12 points on Sunday to win again. Team USA improved to 12-1-1 in the Presidents Cup, including all eight events held on American soil.
Here is some of the best action from Sunday:
Americans do it again
CUP SECURED 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/fRTfDr4pKb— Xander Schauffele (@XSchauffele) September 25, 2022
Match of the day
The best match on the course -- or at least the most heated -- might have been Justin Thomas vs. South Korea's Si Woo Kim. JT was irritated that Kim didn't concede a 3-foot putt to him earlier in the match and now emotions are running high.
JT wasn't thrilled about Si Woo Kim not giving him this putt... pic.twitter.com/ldVyv1470p— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) September 25, 2022
Give Kim credit for taking down Thomas for the International team's first point on Sunday. Fellow South Korean Tom Kim's energy also seemed to be infectious, as Si Woo Kim was animated after making several big putts, including a birdie on the 18th hole that won the match.
What a match. What a finish. pic.twitter.com/lFBU1RF3U6— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) September 25, 2022
Tough breaks for Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama, the 2021 Masters champion, caught a terrible break on the 18th hole. His tee shot leaked left and hit a marshal in the knee. His ball bounced another 20 yards left, leaving him a difficult second shot around a large oak tree. Matsuyama blasted his shot to the back of the green, where he nearly holed out on the third. He halved the hole and the match against Sam Burns.
Sunday's first point
The first American point for Sunday came thanks to Jordan Spieth's 4 and 3 victory over Australia's Cam Davis. Spieth won six of the last seven holes in the match to give the U.S. a 12-7 lead. Remarkably, it is the three-time major winner's first singles victory in the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup. Spieth is just the sixth player to go 5-0-0 in a Presidents Cup. He is the first American to do it since Jim Furyk in 2011.
It's not quite running with the bulls, but the race for seats at the first tee grandstand was something to behold at Quail Hollow on Sunday morning.
The swag of Tom Kim
South Korea's Tom Kim has looked more than ready for the big stage at the Presidents Cup this week. The 20-year-old PGA Tour rookie is soaking up the attention.
Circle of life stuff
It wasn't exactly Rafiki raising Simba on Pride Rock in "The Lion King," but Jordan Spieth received quite an ovation when he raised his infant son, Sammy, to the crowd at the first tee at Quail Hollow on Sunday.
"Everything the light touches ... is our kingdom." ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Rv3CaYbUoK— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 25, 2022
Max Homa was fired up
I want it loud tomorrow Charlotte 🇺🇸 Bring the damn noise— max homa (@maxhoma23) September 24, 2022
Best from Round 3
Big finish for the International team
Local college golfer takes in the action
I feel like @fredcouplesgolf and I would kill in a member guest! 🤲🏾 maybe wishful thinking but just thinking lol— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) September 24, 2022
Trees? Not a problem
More from Tom Kim
You knew past Masters champions Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama had too much pride to mail it in at the Presidents Cup. After losing in their matches on each of the first two days at Quail Hollow Club, including an ugly 6 and 5 loss to Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele as a tandem in Thursday's foursome, Scott and Matsuyama are doing good work on Saturday. They won five straight holes in their match against Collin Morikawa and Cameron Young to go from 2 down to 3 up with four holes to play.
2DN— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 24, 2022
5 straight holes won give Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama a strong lead over Young/Morikawa thru 13. pic.twitter.com/Mxa1fo3CEG
What a debut for Kim
South Korea's Tom Kim is a rising star on the PGA Tour, having already won the Wyndham Championship at 20 years old. He's playing with a lot of confidence in his Presidents Cup debut, too. That's not walking it in -- that's walking it off!
No putters needed
On Friday, the Americans seemingly couldn't miss anything with their putters. On Saturday, they don't even need their golf balls to be on the green to hole out, as highlighted by Scottie Scheffler and Max Homa.
Egg-cellent from the bunker
The International team hasn't had much to cheer about this week, but this is one of the best greenside bunker shots you'll ever see from South Korea's K.H. Lee. Nothing like fried eggs for breakfast on a Saturday morning.
Fried egg for breakfast? 🍳— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 24, 2022
Sounds good to K.H. Lee 👏 pic.twitter.com/2K3JXsrVeP
Best from Round 2
Team USA for the win
Luck is on the Americans' side
As if the Americans needed anything else, they're getting all of the good bounces on Friday, as well. Spieth's second shot on the par-4 15th should have been in the creek, but it took a fortunate bounce off a rock and somehow ended up bouncing over the green. He got up and down for par and halved the hole.
Hometown team in the house
One of the reasons the International team is currently taking a beatdown is that many of the best players it expected to have on its roster were ruled ineligible after playing in LIV Golf events. That includes Open Championship winner Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen. LIV Golf CEO and chairman Greg Norman wished the International team well on Twitter. Team captain Trevor Immelman didn't seem amused, responding, "LOL."
"Look, any of you that have known me for the longest time know that I'm an extremely open and honest person," Immelman said. "I pretty much say it exactly as I'm thinking it. What I said was exactly what I was doing when I read that tweet. I was laughing out loud."
LOL— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) September 23, 2022
A sweet spot
The Americans are loving the par-5 seventh hole at Quail Hollow. Three of the five U.S. teams carded eagles on the hole, with Burns, Young and Patrick Cantlay all making eagle putts. Burns sank an 80-footer, the longest putt of his PGA Tour career. Two International team players, South Korea's Im and Japan's Matsuyama, made birdies on the 527-yard hole, but still lost to eagles.
JT is still dabbing
The dab might have gone out of style a few years ago, but Justin Thomas is still doing it. He threw up a quick dab after sinking a birdie putt on the par-3 fourth hole. Thomas, an avid Alabama football fan, surely wasn't honoring former Auburn and Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton, who was the king of the dab in the NFL.
Presidents at the Presidents Cup
Rowdy at the first tee
Best of Round 1
A little bit of luck
We've all been there
Not exactly what Justin Thomas was intending with this shot out of the bunker. It could have been worse!
Faces in the crowd
They don't call it the Presidents Cup for nothing. According to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are planning to attend the four-day tournament at Quail Hollow Club this weekend. Cooper told reporters that President Joe Biden might also be coming Sunday. "I think that will just add to the aura of the event," Cooper said. Cooper watched players tee off of No. 1 in a suite with former North Carolina and Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams.
No bounces allowed
Weather a factor?
The wind is howling at Quail Hollow Club, as a storm system is starting to blow through Charlotte. Xander Schauffele had to remove his hat before hitting his second shot from the No. 13 fairway. Temperatures have been in the mid-90s for much of the week. The passing cold front is supposed to drop temperatures by nearly 20 degrees; forecasts call for highs of 75 degrees Friday.
The Justin and Jordan show
The pairing of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth is working out early in their match against Sungjae Im and Corey Conners. On the first hole, Spieth hit his tee shot into the left rough. Thomas made a 7½-footer to save par. On the next hole, he hit his tee shot into the pine straw, leaving Spieth with a tricky recovery shot off a bad lie. Spieth knocked it to 10 feet. Then, on the par-3 fourth, Thomas somehow chunked his tee shot, leaving the ball about 44 yards from the hole. Spieth, one of the best scramblers in the game, knocked the second shot to about 4 feet. As Spieth walked up to the green, Thomas patted himself on the back. The U.S. squad was 2-up through five holes after a birdie on No. 5.
Young crushing it
It didn't take U.S. team rookie Cameron Young long to make an impact. Playing with Collin Morikawa in the third match, Young, one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, crushed a 306-yard drive down the middle of the No. 1 fairway. After Morikawa hit the second shot to 25 feet, Young nearly holed out from the fringe. They made par and halved the hole.
Arrivals and more
Jack Nicklaus was captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team four times and Gary Player captained three squads. Nicklaus was the captain in 1998, which is the only time the Americans have lost this event.
Zach Johnson: Hype man
What's your AIM name?
For years, AOL Instant Messenger was the way to communicate with friends online. Almost everyone who used it probably remembers what they used for a screen name. American golfer and No. 20 Max Homa chose ... "nexttigerwoods59."
That's the perfect encapsulation of what those screen names were like -- goofy, a little lofty, ultimately charming. Scheffler, on the other hand, did not have an AIM name at all -- and he had a great explanation as to why not.
Some honesty from Scottie Scheffler 😂 pic.twitter.com/4eXtJpKvPD— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 21, 2022