United States win Pres­i­dents Cup

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The United States won the Pres­i­dents Cup for the ninth time in 11 edi­tions of the event af­ter beat­ing the In­ter­na­tional team 15.5 to 14.5 at Jack Nick­laus Golf Club Korea yesterday.

Bill Haas, the son of skip­per Jay and a cap­tain’s pick for the bi­en­nial event, scored the win­ning point by beat­ing South Korean Bae Sang­moon two up in the last of the day’s 12 sin­gles matches.

Af­ter 10 years of com­fort­able US wins, the one-point mar­gin of vic­tory was the nar­row­est since the Amer­i­cans won 16.5 to 15.5 in Vir­ginia in 1996.

An emo­tional US cap­tain strug­gled to get through a tele­vised in­ter­view next to the 18th green but said he had given his son a pep talk through the clos­ing stages.

“I told him, ‘Come on, win one for your mom, your mom de­serves this’,” said cap­tain Haas. “We put him out 12th and had no idea this was go­ing to hap­pen. Couldn’t even have dreamt this.” World num­ber one Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2 to win his sixth ATP China Open ti­tle.

Nadal, 29, in his sixth sin­gles fi­nal of 2015, missed a chance to break Djokovic at 3-2 in the open­ing set to level the match in Bei­jing.

With a fight­back not ma­te­ri­al­is­ing and the Spa­niard re­quir­ing treat­ment on his right foot at 1-1 in the sec­ond set, the 28-year-old Serb won com­fort­ably.

Wim­ble­don run­ner-up Gar­bine Mugu­ruza beat Timea Bac­sin­szky in the WTA fi­nal.

Djokovic, who won his eighth ti­tle of the year in 90 min­utes, said Bei­jing had “def­i­nitely been the most suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment so far in my ca­reer. The fans give me rea­son to come back ev­ery year.”

Nadal, who saved two cham­pi­onship points, said the top seed was “hav­ing one of the most mem­o­rable sea­sons in the history of our sport”.

Of his re­cent own dip in form, Nadal added: “I have been im­prov­ing in ev­ery sin­gle match. All matches are good prac­tice for me. It’s good energy for start­ing next sea­son stronger.”

Novak Djokovic

Lewis Hamil­ton

Bill Haas

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