This is the first time two Canadians have competed in the prestigious best-of-sight tournament where 12 Americans play against 12 players from around the world, not including Europe. When the longtime friends were teamed up on Friday, they became the first Canadians to play together at the tiered tournament.
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But Conners, from Listowel, Ont., lost to Xander Schauffele 1 in Saturday’s game on Sunday to win over the Americans. Pendrith, from Richmond Hill, Ont., also lost his match in the final round of the event, losing decisively 3 and 1 to Tony Finau.
In the end, the United States beat the international team 17.5 to 12.5 to win the 12th Presidents Cup title.
The Canadian was the only member of the international team to not earn any points during the four-day, five-session tournament. Conners said he was disappointed at not being able to maintain the momentum of the international team in the first leg final.
“All the boys are ready to go today,” said Conners of green number 18. “Some of the boys had some early points to keep us in.
“I’m really disappointed not being able to add to our total, but it’s been a fun week.”
The event takes place every two years alternating between courses in the US and international locations. The next edition will be held at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, which was last held in 2007 when Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., had a legendary match with Tiger Woods in the final round.
“Definitely that would be my goal to be on that team,” said Pendrith, who, like Conners, said. “This week has been great and I’m hungry to get some points.”
The US dominated the first two days of competition, leading 8-2. But the internationals rallied on Saturday, ending the fourth session with just four points back.
With the United States leading 11-7 and needing only 15.5 points to win, the American captain Davis Love III was very active in choosing his individual play, bringing Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth – good players. his best – on Sunday’s first two games.
That gamble produced the opposite result with South Korea’s Si Woo Kim beating Thomas by 1 point but Spieth topping Australia’s Cam Davis by 4 and 3.
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan drew Sam Burns and Patrick Cantlay beat Adam Scott 3 and 2 of Australia.
Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz kept the internationals on with a 2 and 1 win over Scottie Scheffler before Pendrith and Conners lost as the Americans clinched their title.
Finau took a two-goal lead against Pendrith, but the Canadian responded with a birdie on the third and fourth holes to tie it up.
Pendrith made a 33-foot chip on the sixth hole par-3 for a birdie and his first goal of the game. He also hit the birds on the next hole, but Finau won at numbers 9 and 12 to tie the match, then took the birdie lead at numbers 13, 16 and 17.
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“I feel like I played pretty well in the middle of the half and had some chances in the second round,” said 17th green’s Pendrith. “No. 15 stings. No. 16, I hit a good putt, but Tony was also very good.
“He made seven or eight birdies or something like that. There really isn’t much that can be done about it.”
Schauffele and Conners were trailing on the first five holes, but the American pulled through and had birdies on 6 and 7 to take the lead. He added that as the Conners took the win in 10th place. The Canadian rebounded with three consecutive wins, starting with 12th, all the way to the scoreline.
Conners made it past the 15th hole par-4 that Schauffele pared, and the American held the rest of the way.
“It was a good battle. I feel like every game I fall, every game I fight back,” Conners said. “In the end I came up with a little short, but good stuff.”
However, the remaining match continued. Sungjae Im of Korea took the lead against Cameron Young 1. Billy Horschel lost to KH Lee of Korea to win 3 and 1 at the international.
Max Homa beat South Korea’s Tom Kim to win 1 in reverse, Collin Morikawa beat Chile’s Mito Pereira by 3 and 2, and in the final match of the day, South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout beat Kevin Kisner 2 and 1.
Ryan Hart, executive director of the 2024 Presidents Cup, said he hoped that Royal Montreal would truly feel like an away game for the Americans.
“All structures will be wrapped in black and gold,” Hart said, referring to the white-clad structures at Quail Hollow. “So (the international team) can come out and we hope we can make the whole country feel like they’re part of the international team and cheer them on to win.”
The atmosphere at the Presidents Cup has changed in the 15 years since Canada last hosted the event. Organizers say 40,000 spectators each day attend the Presidents Cup, a massive gathering for golf enhanced because those crowds gather around only four or five groups during the first three days of the tournament. fight.
Pendrith says those are the people he’s played in front of the most but he feels like he’s made it through the occasion.
“Obviously the stakes are very high. A lot of pressure,” Pendrith said. “But the first day, I felt like I handled it pretty well.
“Really, the whole week, it’s been a lot of fun, and it’s going to be a good experience going forward.”
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