Team USA secured a victory over Team ROTW in the 2022 Icons Series golf tournament Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The second and deciding day was broken into separate four-ball and singles events. At the halfway point, Team USA held a six-point lead thanks to wins from the pairs of J.R. Smith/Golden Tate, Ben Roethlisberger/Michael Phelps and Robbie Gould/Andrew Whitworth.
With 12 singles matches, the window for a comeback remained open for Team ROTW.
Australian Open champion Ash Barty did her part to help eat into Team USA’s deficit.
However, the U.S. notched the first singles win as Roethlisberger took down Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane. That foreshadowed a dominant showing by the host squad.
Team USA claimed eight singles wins to coast to a 10-point triumph.
Ex Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz unleashed the day’s best shot. He deposited his tee shot on the par-three 10th hole mere feet away from the cup.
Smoltz notched a 3-up win on former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting due in part to shots like that. He was dialed in with the putter as well.
Tate, Phelps, Gould, Michael Vick, Brice Butler and Michael Strahan all joined Roethlisberger and Smoltz by prevailing in the singles round. Gould had the biggest margin of victory, going 5 up on former cricketer Brian Lara.
Phelps was involved in perhaps the most star-studded clash. He was gaining an advantage over super middleweight boxing champion Canelo Alvarez.
Having conquered the pool, perhaps the 23-time Olympic gold medalist should look to get his tour card after going unbeaten over the two days.
Roethlisberger, who sports a four handicap, was also excellent at Liberty National. Now that he is retired, there is likely a lot more golf ahead for the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.