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 five golfers (so far) have achieved that perfection: Mark O'Meara, Shigeki Maruyama, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Branden Grace.

Mark O'Meara

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

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

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

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

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.

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