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By Charles Payne

The U.S. World Cup of Golf hosted by the elite Men’s Golf Association (MGA) in Springfield, OH ended with a flurry after three of the top players in the world arrived in Ohio.

In the team match play final, reigning World No. 1 Justin Thomas fired six birdies en route to a 6 and 5 victory over Scotland’s Martin Laird.

Thomas leads the Player of the Year voting after tallying 20 points in the first three rounds.

Joining Thomas and Laird in the winning team was 2017 Masters champion Patrick Reed.

Reed birdied the final two holes to preserve the win.

Thomas’ new teammate Bryson DeChambeau settled for fourth place with a defeat at the hands of Sweden’s Alexander Bjork.

In the other final at Warren National, the U.S. again captured the event for the seventh consecutive year when duo Pat Perez and Martin Laird defeated Scotland’s Russell Knox and John Parry by four strokes.

Perez leads the Player of the Year voting with 14 points, one ahead of Nick Watney. Laird sits fifth with 11 points.

Laird opened the event with a pair of wins, including one over Sergio Garcia. Laird went on to claim matches over players such as Zach Johnson, Johnson Wagner, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, and Rickie Fowler.

Having pared the final hole to win the first match of the day, Watson reeled off a four-hole win over Mickelson.

In the second of the three round-robin matches, Watson dropped his second straight match, this time to Spieth.

Pagan birdied the first hole of his match against Parry to leave the Victorian trailing by just one shot.

The Czech Republic won two of the three other matches for its second consecutive win. The Czechs did not suffer a defeat in the event.

Overall, the American team won the event by a commanding nine-shot margin of 196 to 140.

USA victories in singles were made possible by a total of 45 points. Only four countries: Scotland (three), China (two), and Ireland (one) tallied more wins than the U.S.

Fowler topped the standings with 15 points. Simmons and Reed each totaled nine points.

The U.S. is the tournament winners for the seventh time in nine appearances.

USA World Cup of Golf Schedule (all times EST)

Feb. 24, 6 a.m. – USA v. Ireland

Feb. 24, 8 a.m. – USA v. Scotland

Feb. 24, 9 a.m. – USA v. China

Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – USA v. France

Feb. 24, 1 p.m. – USA v. Japan

Feb. 25, 1 p.m. – United States v. Britain

Feb. 25, 3 p.m. – United States v. Ireland

Feb. 26, 1 p.m. – United States v. Scotland

Feb. 26, 3 p.m. – United States v. United States

Feb. 27, 10 a.m. – USA v. Australia

Feb. 27, 1 p.m. – United States v. Sweden

Feb. 27, 1 p.m. – United States v. Belgium

Feb. 28, 9 a.m. – United States v. Japan

Feb. 28, 11 a.m. – United States v. Australia

Feb. 28, 2 p.m. – United States v. Belgium

Feb. 28, 3 p.m. – USA v. Scotland

Feb. 28, 4 p.m. – Australia v. Japan

Mar. 1, 9 a.m. – United States v. Japan

Mar. 1, 11 a.m. – United States v. Scotland

Mar. 1, 1 p.m. – United States v. Ireland

Mar. 1, 3 p.m. – United States v. Scotland

Mar. 1, 4 p.m. – USA v. Australia

Mar. 2, 9 a.m. – Belgium v. France

Mar. 2, 12 p.m. – United States v. Britain

Mar. 2, 3 p.m. – United States v. Canada

Mar. 2, 3 p.m. – Scotland v. China

Mar. 2, 4 p.m. – USA v. United States

Mar. 3, 9 a.m. – USA v. Japan

Mar. 3, 1 p.m. – United States v. Scotland

Mar. 3, 3 p.m. – United States v. Belgium

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