2009 Presidents Cup
The 8th Presidents Cup Matches were held October 8–11, 2009 at the Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco, California. The United States team won the golf competition by a margin of 19½–14½, their second consecutive win by that exact score and third in a row overall. This was also the sixth outright win for the U.S. Team in eight meetings, with one International win in 1998 and one tied match in 2003.
The first day of competition featured six foursomes matches. On the second day, six matches of four-ball were played. This was followed on Day 3 by five morning foursomes matches and five afternoon four-ball matches. On the fourth and final day, twelve singles matches were played, for a total of 34 matches in the competition.
The final day is conducted under special rules that differ slightly from those seen in other team competitions such as the Ryder Cup. Singles matches ending in a tie after the regulation 18 holes are extended to extra holes until an outright winner is determined. This format is used until one team earns the 17½ points needed to win the Cup outright, at which time all remaining matches are played only to the regulation 18 holes and may be halved.
No matches went to extra holes in the 2009 competition. The first match on the final day in which all 18 holes were played was the Mike Weir–Justin Leonard match, which finished all square after 18. At that time, the U.S. Team was leading 17–10, which meant that the match should have continued. However, at the same time, the Y.E. Yang–Tiger Woods match was at the 13th hole with Woods 5 up. Instead of immediately going to the first hole to continue their match, Weir and Leonard watched the Yang–Woods match on a nearby giant screen. When Woods sank the putt that gave him a 6 and 5 victory and gave the U.S. an insurmountable 18–10 lead, Weir and Leonard, seeing that the outcome of the Cup was no longer in doubt, agreed to halve their match.
Both teams had 12 players plus a non-playing captain. Members of the U.S. Team were selected based on earnings from the 2007 Wyndham Championship through the 2009 PGA Championship. International Team players were chosen on the basis of the Official World Golf Ranking through the 2009 PGA Championship. The International Team does not include players eligible for the European Ryder Cup Team. The top 10 players from each list made their respective teams and the captains choose the remaining two players.
- OWGR as of October 5, 2009, the last ranking before the Cup
United States Team
All matches were foursomes.
|Clark/Weir||3 and 2||Kim/Mickelson|
|Els/Scott||2 and 1||Mahan/O'Hair|
|Ishikawa/Ogilvy||6 and 4||Stricker/Woods|
All matches were in four-ball format.
|Goosen/Scott||3 and 2||Leonard/Mickelson|
|Ishikawa/Yang||4 and 3||O'Hair/Perry|
|Allenby/Villegas||2 and 1||Johnson/Mahan|
|Cabrera/Ogilvy||5 and 3||Stricker/Woods|
|Goosen/Villegas||5 and 3||Mickelson/O'Hair|
|Els/Scott||4 and 2||Furyk/Leonard|
|Ishikawa/Yang||3 and 2||Johnson/Perry|
|Allenby/Ogilvy||2 and 1||Cink/Glover|
|Els/Weir||5 and 3||Johnson/Leonard|
|Ishikawa/Yang||4 and 2||Stricker/Woods|
All matches featured were in singles competition.
|Villegas||2 and 1||Mahan|
|Scott||4 and 3||Cink|
|Allenby||5 and 3||Kim|
|Ogilvy||2 and 1||Stricker|
|Els||6 and 4||O'Hair|
|Ishikawa||2 and 1||Perry|
|Clark||4 and 3||Johnson|
|Yang||6 and 5||Woods|
|Goosen||2 and 1||Mickelson|
|Cabrera||4 and 3||Furyk|
Notes and references
- Official scores
- ESPN Scores
|2007 Presidents Cup
USA 19½ International 14½
|2009 Presidents Cup
USA 19½ International 14½
|2011 Presidents Cup|
USA 19 International 15