Price praises US team

HARARE - Defeated Internationals’ team captain Nick Price was full of praise for the US team after another Presidents Cup win at the Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey on Sunday.

The US team prevailed 19-11 to clinch their 10th title having dominated the previous rounds and at one stage led by 11 points.

This year’s tournament was the third and final time Price, a Zimbabwean golf legend, was captaining the Internationals.

After watching his team fall by the way side, Price was full of admiration for the US team made up of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Kevin Chappell.

The Internationals team comprised Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Kim Si-woo, Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Hadwin 

“This is a juggernaut of a US team,” Price said after the end of the tournament.

“Anytime we had any momentum in the earlier rounds they would just shut down our momentum.

“That’s a sign of an overpowering team that played some phenomenal golf. It was tough to watch, especially being on the receiving end.

“The quality of golf in that breezy cool weather was just incredible and we just kept losing holes to birdies.

“It’s not like we were making bogeys or double bogeys; these guys were firing on all eight cylinders.”

The Internationals, who won their only Presidents Cup title back in 1998 and played to a draw in 2003, were hoping for more after a narrow defeat in South Korea two years ago.

“This team had more buzz going for it at the start of this week than any other team I’ve ever been on,” Prize said.

“We thought we had a great game plan, but unfortunately it just didn’t pan out for us.”

US team captain Steve Stricker was thrilled to receive the cup from US President Donald Trump after the win.

Trump was the first sitting president to attend the final day of matches, and he stuck around to hand out the cup.

“I thought it was a great thrill,” Stricker said. “I thought it was a great opportunity for us to be with him.

“And this tournament is about respecting the office, respecting the president of the United States, and whether your views may be one way versus another, that wasn’t what it was about out there on the green.

“It was about us getting together as a team, playing for one another, playing for the USA and it was a great thrill for all of us to get the trophy handed to us from him.”

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