The Presidents Cup was all but over by the start of play on Sunday.
Unable to match the depth of the U.S., Els suggested fewer players and matches might help level the playing field.
The International team were left facing a resounding defeat at the Presidents Cup on Saturday as the United States team nearly claimed victory before the final day's singles had even started.
3-down through seven holes, Virginia Beach golfer Marc Leishman and partner Jason Day clawed their way back vs. Americans Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner to halve the match on day one of the 2017 Presidents Cup.
"I'm speechless right now, " Berger said.
"I think it was just an oversight on his part", worldwide team captain Nick Price said.
"Last time we won was 1998. It's just a great feeling". As one of the global side's best putters, he may have been able to contribute more to the team than others who were sent out, especially Kim, who looked lost on the greens.
The gusts topped 20 miles per hour and felt even stronger on exposed areas of Liberty National, which sits across New York Harbor from Manhattan.
The controversial disqualification of Jordan Spieth on a hole due to a rule technicality did not harm the American's bid to claim the President's Cup.
It was the first time three USA presidents have attended the matches at the same time since this event began in 1994, named after the highest office in the land.
And the President watched the Americans seal a huge victory, one they knew they were headed for after Day Three.
Rickie Fowler closed out a 6-and-4 win over Emiliano Grillo, and Kevin Kisner seemed poised to add another USA full point, but Anirban Lahiri won the final two holes to halve that match. "It's more about who wins than anything else". "Captain Stricker came up to me on 16 and told me that we had clinched it. It was a totally different feel".
The record winning margin is 11.5 points by the Americans in 2000.
After performing miserably in the foursomes and four-ball matches the first three days, the Nick Price-captained worldwide team performed much better in man-to-man play, though it was too little, too late.
Among the global winners in singles were former world number ones Jason Day and Adam Scott, as well as Hideki Matsuyama, now the team's top-ranked player.
Jason Day defeated Charley Hoffman 2 and 1 for the first global victory of the day, and he was joined by Hideki Matsuyama, who beat Justin Thomas 3 and 1. The Americans' victory over Europe a year ago at Hazeltine still stings numerous European players who had become so accustomed to winning. "They bonded really well, and on top of that, they really played their butts off this week". It's the Presidents' Cup.
Global team captain Nick Price said jokingly to Stricker at their news conference: "Tell your boys not to panic". "It's a week like no other". I was ranked number one on the team for a reason, and I didn't show up. "This team is a unique team from any in the past in that the talent level is high or higher than we've ever had, and the camaraderie amongst each other on and off the course is a whole different environment".
Trump became the first sitting president to attend the final day of the Presidents Cup, and the first to present the team with the trophy. Some smoked celebratory cigars.
Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman - two Presidents Cup rookies - set the tone for the United States, thumping Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri 6 and 5 in the first match to finish.
"This is a special team", Mickelson said.