Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa was pleased with his debut performance at the Presidents Cup last weekend at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Immelman’s Presidents Cup team featured eight rookies, as the Internationals were missing several key players due to their LIV Golf affiliation.
The Americans won their ninth consecutive title with a convincing 17.5 – 12.5 victory over the International team, led by Davis Love III.
Bezuidenhout played in only two of the five possible matches, finishing with a Presidents Cup record of 1.5 points out of a possible two (1-0-1)
On the second day, the South African tied Americans Cameron Young and Kevin Kisner with Chile’s Mito Pereira.
Then, in Sunday’s final singles matches, Bezuidenhout demonstrated why he is in top form by defeating Kisner 2&1 to give the International team a much-needed point.
“Yeah. I mean, we both got off to a slow start. The entire week, flags were difficult to read. “It’s difficult to get the ball near the flags and stuff,” Bezuidenhout told reporters on Sunday.
“But, yes, I mean, all week was close… close for us, and, yeah, it’s a shame about the loss, but I think most of us have learned a lot this week.”
Bezuidenhout had a fantastic 2021/22 season, finishing 51st in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings after playing in 24 events and missing only four cuts.
The Tokyo Olympian admits to having a good time at the Presidents Cup and hopes to participate in future tournaments.
“It was an incredible experience.” “I mean, just to be a part of a team for a change,” Bezuidenhout explained.
“After this week, all of us are so much closer and better friends.” Not just on the international level, but on both.
“I mean, it was a fantastic experience to play in my first Presidents Cup, and I’d love to play in a lot more of these.”
The 2024 Presidents Cup will be held at the Royal Montreal Golf Club in Canada.
The following are the results of the final singles matches of the 14th Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow on Sunday between the United States and the Internationals:
Internationals 12.5; United States 17.5
Kim Si-woo (KOR) defeats Justin Thomas (USA) by one stroke.
Jordan Spieth (USA) defeated Cam Davis (Australia) 4&3.
Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) and Sam Burns (USA) tied.
Patrick Cantlay (USA) defeated Adam Scott (Australia) 3&2.
Scottie Scheffler (USA) defeated Sebastian Munoz (COL) 2&1.
3&1 Tony Finau (USA) vs Taylor Pendrith (CAN)
1-up Xander Schauffele (USA) vs. Corey Conners (CAN)
Cameron Young (USA) defeats Im Sung-jae (KOR) 1-up
Lee Kyoung-hoon (KOR) wins 3&1 over Billy Horschel (USA).
Max Homa (USA) bt Kim Joo-hyung (KOR) 1-up
Collin Morikawa (USA) bt Mito Pereira (CHI) 3&2
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) bt Kevin Kisner (USA) 2&1
Saturday four-ball (best ball)
Kim Si-woo/Kim Joo-hyung (KOR) bt Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) 1-up
Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth (USA) bt Hideki Matsuyama/Taylor Pendrith (JPN/CAN) 4&3
Im Sung-jae/Sebastian Munoz (KOR/COL) bt Tony Finau/Kevin Kisner (USA) 3&2
Adam Scott/Cam Davis (AUS) bt Billy Horschel/Sam Burns (USA) 1-up
Saturday foursomes (alternate shot)
Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) bt Im Sung-jae/Corey Conners (KOR/CAN) 4&3
Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (AUS/JPN) bt Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) 3&2
Lee Kyoung-hoon/Kim Joo-hyung (KOR) bt Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA) 2&1
Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) bt Kim Si-woo/Cam Davis (KOR/AUS) 4&3
Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) bt Adam Scott/Cam Davis (AUS) 2&1
Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA) and Im Sung-jae/Sebastian Munoz (KOR/COL) tied
Kevin Kisner/Cameron Young (USA) and Mito Pereira/Christiaan Bezuidenhout (CHI/RSA) tied
Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) bt Hideki Matsuyama/Kim Joo-hyung (JPN/KOR) 3&2
Billy Horschel/Max Homa (USA) bt Corey Conners/Taylor Pendrith (CAN) 1 up
Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) bt Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (AUS/JPN) 6&5
Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) bt Im Sung-jae/Corey Conners (KOR/CAN) 2&1
Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) bt Kim Joo-hyung/Lee Kyoung-hoon (KOR) 2&1
Kim Si-woo/Cam Davis (KOR/AUS) bt Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA) 2up
Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) bt Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (CAN/CHI) 1u