The future of the International Presidents Cup team is in great shape if the 2020 Masters leaderboard is any indication.
When the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the next chance for the Internationals to finally get over the top of the U.S. team to 2022 there was a slight fear the momentum gained from their impressive fight at Royal Melbourne in 2019 might be halted.
But last week at Augusta National gives heart to all International fans. Sure, Dustin Johnson, who won at a record 20-under will no doubt be part of the U.S. Team they’ll come against at Quail Hollow, but nine International eligible players, young and old alike, finished in the top 20. A couple of veterans in Louis Oosthuizen (T23) and Charl Schwartzel (T25) also showed glimpses of their best selves.
“It was quite an impressive week for the guys and they’ll be able to put to good use what they experienced going forward,” 2022 International captain Trevor Immelman said.
“That type of performance was exactly what I’m looking for. I’m looking for the youngsters that we have around the world, and particularly those seven rookies we had in Melbourne, to use the extra year we’ve been given to get experience under the most pressure filled situations.”
Cameron Smith, Sungjae Im, Dylan Frittelli and Abraham Ancer in particular showed the next generation International star, many of whom were unearthed in Melbourne, will be locked and loaded and ready to rumble when their next chance comes against the U.S.
“It’s really good to have all of those guys up there in really big tournaments. It goes to show that when we put our minds to it, we can we can do pretty well, so that’s a good thing to have,” Smith said.
“The U.S. team is always very good but we have the talent to compete and win and if we play as a team, like we did in Melbourne, we will always be a chance.”
Let’s break down some of the achievements at Augusta National.
Source: PGA tour