All the Golfers Who've Gone 5-0-0 In a Presidents Cup


What is the best possible record a golfer can have in the Presidents Cup? Five wins, zero losses, zero draws: 5-0-0. For individual golfers playing the USA vs. International event, five matches is the maximum. So going 5-0-0 is Presidents Cup perfection.

And in the history of the tournament, which goes back to 1994, only six golfers (so far) have achieved that perfection: Mark O'Meara, Shigeki Maruyama, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Branden Grace and Jordan Spieth.

Mark O'Meara, 1996

O'Meara was the first golfer to go 5-0-0, doing so in the 1996 Presidents Cup, the second time the tournament was played. O'Meara teamed with David Duval to beat Steve Elkington/Frank Nobilo in fourball, and Nobilo/Craig Parry in foursomes, then Ernie Els/Mark McNulty in fourball. Then O'Meara teamed with Scott Hoch to beat Elkington/Vijay Singh in foursomes. In his singles match, O'Meara defeated Nick Price, 1-up.

Shigeki Maruyama, 1998

The Japanese golfer was the first International player to achieve perfection at the 1998 Presidents Cup. Maruyama and Craig Parry teamed to win two foursomes, first against Lee Janzen/Scott Hoch, then over Tiger Woods/Fred Couples. In fourball, Maruyama teamed with Jumbo Ozaki to beat Mark Calcavecchia/John Huston and David Duval/Phil Mickelson. In his singles match, Maruyama defeated John Huston, 3 and 2.

Tiger Woods, 2009

The next perfect, 5-0-0 record didn't happen until the 2009 Presidents Cup. In the doubles matches, Woods partnered all four times with Steve Stricker. In foursomes, they beat Ryo Ishikawa/Geoff Ogilvy, then Mike Weir/Tim Clark. In fourball they beat Ogilvy/Angel Cabrera, then Ishikawa/Y.E. Yang. In his singles match, Woods defeated Yang, 6 and 5.

Jim Furyk, 2011

In his first three matches at the 2011 Presidents Cup, Furyk partnered Phil Mickelson. They beat, in order, Retief Goosen/Robert Allenby, Adam Scott/K.T. Kim and Aaron Baddeley/Jason Day. Furyk then teamed with Nick Watney to beat Scott/Ernie Els. In singles, Furyk defeated Els, 4 and 3.

Branden Grace, 2015

Grace's perfect record in the 2015 Presidents Cup carries another designation: It's the only time a player on the losing team posted a 5-0-0 record. In his doubles matches, Grace partnered all four times with Louis Oosthuizen. In foursomes they won over Matt Kuchar/Patrick Reed and Reed/Rickie Fowler. In fourball, they won over Dustin Johnson/Jordan Spieth and J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson. In singles, Grace beat Kuchar, 2 and 1.

Jordan Spieth, 2022

At the 2022 Presidents Cup, Spieth and Justin Thomas partnered one another four times in the doubles formats, and won all four of those matches. On Day 1 they beat Sungjae Im/Corey Conners in foursomes; on Day 2 it was a win over Adam Scott/Cam Davis in fourball. On Day 3, they won over Im/Conners again in foursomes, and over Hideki Matsuyama/Taylor Pendrith in fourball. And in singles on the final day, Spieth beat Cam Davis, 4 and 3. Spieth had been 0-3-0 in singles over his Presidents Cup career before that.

See also: All the golfers who went 0-5-0 in a Presidents Cup

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