JERSEY CITY, N.J. — President Donald Trump looked over at an American team that never had it so easy in the Presidents Cup and delivered an unassailable message in fewer than 140 characters.
“I have to say our Team USA: Wow, did you play well,” Trump said.
The Americans were never better.
They didn’t become the first team to win all five sessions, the only source of motivation on Sunday. They didn’t win by the widest margin since these matches against the International team began in 1994.
So powerful was this U.S. team that it needed to do little more than show up.
Daniel Berger, one of five newcomers to the American team, delivered the decisive point in the fourth of 12th singles matches. Phil Mickelson, a part of 23 consecutive team events, won the final point in his 100th career singles match.
The score was 19-11, and it could have been worse.
“Honestly, it was really weird being out there today, knowing there was no chance of losing,” Dustin Johnson who halved his match on the final hole to miss out on a 5-0 mark at Liberty National. “I don’t know how to explain it, but it was like playing golf with my buddies. We were going to win no matter what.”
Two years after the Presidents Cup came down to the final two matches in South Korea, this one nearly ended on Saturday.
“This is a juggernaut of a U.S. team,” said Nick Price, in his third and final stint of the International captain, all of them losses. “They’re an overpowering team that played some phenomenal golf. It was tough to watch, especially being on the receiving end.”
The Americans won for the seventh time, and the eight-point margin was their widest since 2000 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia.
The only suspense was the trophy presentation.
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,” U.S. captain Steve 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.”
Inside the ropes, it was all about domination.
“They came in here riding a ton of momentum and a ton of confidence,” Stricker…