As the President’s Cup comes to a close on Sunday afternoon, and the American squad will most likely be celebrating another dominant victory in the biennial event, the focus will rightly be on what went right for the United States. Despite the American dominance in Saturday’s four-ball and foursomes matches, the International team do have some positive things to look back on, perhaps the best of which is the team of Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.
Prior to the start of Sunday’s singles matches, Day and DeLaet lead the International team, having earned two victories and a halved match in their four trips out. On Thursday, they got the International momentum started in a big way by defeating Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker.
Even after they ran into the red-hot team of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in Friday’s foursomes, they came back to hand Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker their only team loss. That win on Saturday, followed by halving their rematch with Mickelson and Bradley, earned the Internationals 1.5 of the 2.5 points they were able to steal from the Americans.
In a competition where so much is made of team chemistry, Day and DeLaet seem to have formed a fast bond. Certainly it can’t hurt that Day is a member at Muirfield Village and a local resident with inside-out knowledge of the course, but more than anything else, it seems like their games actually complement each other. Both are known to be bombers off the tee, but when it’s come down to it, they’ve made plenty of saves around the green to keep matches close.
Day and DeLaet both tee off early in Sunday’s singles, but the contest may not go much deeper with the Americans needing only 3.5 points to win the Cup. Still, they deserve plenty of respect for what they’ve done to keep the Internationals going.