Date: October 07, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Tiger Woods leads US to Presidents Cup win

Tiger Woods sank the winning putt as the United States wrapped up a fifth successive Presidents Cup win over the Internationals. Woods&apos final-hole success against Richard Sterne in the ninth singles match of 12 ensured the hosts opened up an unassailable lead at Muirfield Village in Ohio on Sunday. Having held a commanding 14-8 lead heading into the singles, the Americans were not given an easy ride but ultimately triumphed 18.5-15.5, giving Fred Couples a record third win as captain. Four of Saturday&aposs five foursomes had to be completed on Sunday morning following inclement weather and Couples&apos men were able to add 2.5 points to their tally. Bill Haas and Steve Stricker proved too strong for Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, while Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson won four of the last six holes to come from two down and defeat Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel on the 18th. Jason Day and Graham DeLaet rescued half a point for the Internationals against Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley and they posted a welcome win when Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge held off a late fightback from Woods and Matt Kuchar. Els went on to defeat Stricker in the opening singles match and Jason Day thrashed Snedeker 6 and 4, but successes for Hunter Mahan and Jason Dufner took the United States to the brink of glory. Zach Johnson subsequently recorded a 4 and 2 win over Branden Grace, leaving Woods to supply the decisive point when he hit par on the 18th for a 1 up win against Sterne. DeLaet, Scott, Schwartzel, Marc Leishman and Angel Cabrera all claimed victories for the Internationals and Oosthuizen halved his match with Simpson, yet their efforts merely added respectability to the final scoreline.