After a disappointing week which led to one of the most lopsided results in international team matchplay history the Australian contingent had to wait until Sunday for some highlights at the 12th Presidents Cup.
A strong American side dominated the contest for much of the week but the Sunday singles saw both Adam Scott and Jason Day register their first points while Marc Leishman ground out a hard-fought half point.
With the result all but decided by Saturday night there was little left to play for but pride come the final day and the Australians delivered. Marc Leishman, who played well for most of the week for little reward, was given the responsibility of leading out the singles matches as the Internationals desperately tried to conjure up a miracle.
They needed to win all 12 matches Sunday and while that was unlikely Captain Nick Price was looking to get as much blue on the board early in the day as possible.
Playing against fired up rookie Kevin Chappell, Leishman was in trouble early to fall 2 down through two holes but had cut the deficit to one by the turn.
A win at 10 saw the pair all square then Leishman snuck ahead with a win at the 13th. Chappell responded to square the match at 15, Leishman went ahead again at 16 but was immediately reeled back in by Chappell at 17 leaving all to play for at the tough par-3 18th.
Chappell hit first and applied the pressure with a majestic iron but Leishman responded with one even better and when both players made par the US had the half point they needed to ensure a tie at worst.
In the match behind Leishman it was Jason Day against Charley Hoffman and after a week of lacklustre golf the 2015 PGA champion finally found form.
He went ahead at the first but with back to back losses at eight and nine found himself 1 down at the turn.
A brilliant birdie at the short 10th squared things again and he was never worse than 1up from there to the clubhouse, the eventual margin 3&2.
Adam Scott faced perhaps the toughest match of the three Australians Sunday as he went head to head with reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka.
The long hitting American had been impressive most of the week while Scott had lost all three of his previous matches.
Scott found something on Sunday and after holing an impressive putt for birdie and a half at the first found himself in a dogfight the rest of the day.
Just five of the 16 holes played were halved, Koepka taking four and Scott seven in a 3&2 result that was the only bright spot for Scott all week.
The International team will get their chance to make amends when the President’s Cup returns to Royal Melbourne in 2019.
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