Rating the Internationals at the Presidents Cup

2011 Presidents Cup - Day ThreeThe tenth Presidents Cup ended in a familiar fashion this past weekend, another defeat for the Internationals. And although the Internationals tasted defeat for the eighth time in ten stagings, some players enhanced their reputations with some outstanding performances. We now rate the performance of the 12 International players in order from best to worst.

  1. Graeme DeLaet (3.5 points)
    The funky Canadian enhanced his reputation in the world game with an incredible performance. His fist pumping, chest thumping performance was a highlight in a frustrating performance for the Internationals.
  2. Jason Day (3.5 points)
    The brilliant Australian is surely a future Major champion and was a thorn in the side of the US side. He thumped Snedeker in the singles and teamed up with DeLeat brilliantly. Jason Day is getting better and better and if the Internationals are going to win in 2015, he will be integral.
  3. 2011 Presidents Cup - Preview Day 2Ernie Els (3 points)
    Ernie is as easy as he is realiable. And in a great pairing with Brendon de Jonge Ernie was producing some of the better golf in the tournament. Ernie was asked to produce as the elder statesmen in the team and he delivered.
  4. Adam Scott (2.5 points)
    Adam was undoubtedly pointed towards as the leader of the Internationals before the Presidents Cup and although he did not deliver on the four points goal I would have set him, he produced a decent display while partnered with rookie Matsuyuma.
  5. Brendon de Jonge (2 points)
    The 33-year-old Zimbabwean was laughed at as a selection for the Internationals as a captains pick. But the burly Zimbabwean will be very proud of his first Presidents Cup. He will want to forget the singles match-up as Jason Dufnered him, but apart from that he had a good week for a captains pick.
  6. Marc Leishman (2 points)
    The other captains pick did not let Nick Price down as he pulled out 2 points in his four games. He will be very happy to have emerged victorious from the singles match against Matt Kuchar.
  7. Hideki Matsuyuma (1.5 points)
    The non-english speaker struggled a bit in the week. He will have learned a lot from his pairing with Adam Scott and getting to spend a week with a host of major winners. The 21-year-old will be a star in the future, but wasnt really one this year.
  8. Angel Cabrera (2 points)
    You expect more from the two time Masters winner, his 2 points were a respectable haul, but you would like to see him take leadership alongside Scott and Els. Still a remarkably cool golfer!
  9. 2011 Presidents Cup - Day ThreeCharl Schwartzel (2 points)
    Charl does not have the excuses Louis has in carrying an injury, but the previous Masters Champion will undoubtedly be frustrated at his performance in the week. He went from dominating games and leading to throwing them away. That bad temper keeps coming to the fore and is something Charl may need to control sooner rather than later.
  10. Louis Oosthuizen (1.5 points)
    When you beat Mickelson and Bradley in the opening session you think you are on for an incredible week, but Louis wasnt. He is still overcoming the injuries problem that kept him out for most of the year and in all probability was not quite ready for the tournament.
  11. Richard Sterne (0 points)
    Was probably stupidly paired with Branden Grace, two rookies being paired together is not the wisest thing to happen in Presidents Cup history. He was also surprisingly paired with Tiger Woods and will be glad he took the American to the 18th hole in the singles.
  12. Branden Grace (0 points)
    Like Sterne, Branden will be frustrated at the pairings, but will probably be more frustrated with the way that Johnson dispatched him in the singles. Will be disappointed, like most of the South Africans, with his performance.

So the Presidents Cup is over, what did you think of it. Let us know in the comments below and on twitter

 

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