Grading the Presidents Cup
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker get high grades, Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson do not.
Fred Couples said on Sunday after the US Team clinched its eighth Presidents Cup title (and Couples' third straight) that this would be the last time he served as captain of the squad.
"If someone wants me to be an assistant, I'd love to help out, but a three-peat as captain is good enough for me," he said.
It was a good way to go and he'll leave as the all-time leader in wins for a captain (Jack Nicklaus has 2.5 after the tie in 2003).
He'll forever be linked to Tiger Woods at this event as well as Woods has closed out all three of the Cups Couples has captained.
Woods noted how excited he was to have won five points after the Sunday singles matches.
"It feels good. It was a team effort this whole week," Woods said. "We played well and had a nice lead going into the singles."
Woods' legacy, it's safe to say, is pretty secure Presidents Cups aside. But for somebody like Couples it's nice to be able to tack on three big team event wins like the ones he's had in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
He said as much in 2012 when he noted that he was thrilled to once again be the captain of the US side.
"The Champions Tour has been great, but to be able to come back at my age and captain this thing three times is truly an honor, and I want to thank Tim [Finchem] for his belief in me to be able to run our team. "
He ran it beautifully this week -- pairing the right guys together and putting Woods at the end of the singles matches where he could close, where he likes to be.
This year's Presidents Cup was good week for the US Team and a great farewell for Freddie.
Here are our grades for the Presidents Cup:
|A||Tiger Woods carried this US Team for much of the week so it was fitting that he got to end the festivities for the third straight time. Finished as the only golfer with four points.|
|A||Jason Dufner only played in four matches and won three of them. His wins were decisive, too -- he never got to the 16th hole in any of them.|
|A||Zach Johnson, who played with Dufner for much of the week, was as dominant as his playing partner. Fred Couples noted that of the four guys he sat on Saturday, three won their matches on Sunday (including Johnson).|
|B||Granted, we ask a lot of the Keegan Bradley-Phil Mickelson pairing because of their success last year at the Ryder Cup, but it just wasn't there for them this week. Bradley won 2.5 points but never took over the tournament like he did last year.|
|B||It's a good thing the US Team didn't need Phil Mickelson's singles match against Angel Cabrera late on Sunday. Cabrera beat him 1UP and even though Mickelson became the all-time leader in Presidents Cup wins this week, it was not an extremely memorable tournament for him.|
|C||Brandt Snedeker tied for the fewest points won on the US side with Jordan Spieth and Hunter Mahan at two. He played all five sessions but went 2-3 in the process and got crushed 6 and 4 by Jason Day on Sunday.|
|C||The presumed leader of the pack, Adam Scott, for the International Team did not do much leading of the pack. The International team needed a huge week out of him and he delivered just two wins and an unsatisfying half.|
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