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Jordan Spieth crowned the Lion King after the Presidents Cup masterclass

Stay away from Mufasa, there’s a new “Lion King” in town after Jordan Spieth becomes the new ruler of the Quail Hollow Club.

Everything the three-time major winner touched turned to gold in the 14th Presidents Cup in Charlotte, North Carolina, as Spieth won all five of his matches to inspire his USA team to a ninth consecutive title.

In doing so, the 29-year-old became the sixth player in Presidents Cup history to win five points in a single event, and the first American since Jim Furyk in 2011.

As Spieth partnered with Justin Thomas for the first four rounds of tag team matches, the duo swept international pairs that included Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott to help open a four-point lead heading into matches. in Sunday singles.

No American partnership had won four consecutive tournament victories since Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in 2009, a feat sweetened by Thomas and Spieth’s childhood friendship.

And when your teammate’s only complaint is that you left him with almost nothing left to putt, you’ve probably had a pretty good round.

“I played two games and hit 10 putts. I think that’s pretty preposterous,” Thomas told reporters on Saturday.

“I legitimately think I got my play back more than I hit putts, so yeah, my partner is pretty good.”

After a royal display of putting, it was fitting then that Spieth marked his arrival at the first tee on Sunday with a tribute to The Lion King.

Picking up his son Sammy from his wife Annie, Spieth lifted the athletic toddler above his head in a near-perfect rendition of the opening scenes from the 1994 Disney classic to the delight of the Cup crowd. of Presidents.

“It was super cool,” Spieth said. “He’s finally old enough to just look around, take in everything and be interested in everything.

“He loves earmuffs, luckily, because it’s been loud here.”

“I want to get rid of this monkey”

Despite his new “Lion King” status, Spieth faced Australian Cameron Davis with a self-proclaimed monkey on his back: incredibly, Spieth had never won a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup singles match.

After losing three successive Presidents Cup singles bouts from 2013 to 2017, Spieth was not chosen for the 2019 event which saw Woods inspire a spectacular American fightback. Three years later, absence still stings.

“It sucked,” Spieth said ahead of this year’s Cup. “I remember it was a really tough place.

“I hated every second because I know how fun they are and I know how beneficial those weeks are, those games, for individually how you’re going to play next year.”

Four straight birdies after the turn saw Spieth decisively end his drought against Davis, as his 4-and-3 win secured Team USA’s first singles run of the day.

“I was more nervous than I probably should have been today just because I want to get rid of this monkey,” he said.

“It feels really good. When you get out early, because I’ve done pretty much every team event on a Sunday, they’re looking for red on the board, and it feels good to finally be able to provide it.”

The victorious American team poses with the Presidents Cup trophy.

Hours later, Xander Schauffele returned home to seal the team’s 17.5 – 12.5 win, sparking jubilant celebrations on the 18th hole.

Champagne was poured into the goblet before, for the second time that day Spieth lifted a crowd favourite.

“When you get to do it [compete] collectively representing your country with some of the best players in the world… you just can’t put a price tag on that,” Spieth said.

“There really is nothing nicer.”

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