Date: November 21, 2011

Americans exact revenge for 1998

Fred Couples&apos United States team completed a sweet revenge for their 1998 loss by winning The Presidents Cup 19-15 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Tiger Woods, who never trailed Aaron Baddeley in their singles match, clinched the cup for the Americans. Woods closed out Baddeley, 4 & 3, to trigger the celebrations. Woods has now clinched the Cup two years in a row. In 2009, he clinched The Presidents Cup on the 13th hole of his match against Y.E. Yang, winning 6&5. The Internationals entered Sunday&aposs final round needing to make up a 13-9 deficit but could only manage a 6-6 share of the 12 singles matches. Scoreboard: Match 23 K.T. Kim (International) defeated Webb Simpson (U.S.), 1-up Match 24 Charl Schwartzel (International) defeated Dustin Johnson (U.S.), 2&1 Match 25 Ryo Ishikawa (International) defeated Bubba Watson (U.S.), 3&2 Match 26 Geoff Ogilvy (International) defeated Bill Haas (U.S.), 2-up Match 27 Hunter Mahan (U.S.) defeated Jason Day (International), 5&3 Match 28 Nick Watney (U.S.) defeated K.J. Choi (International), 3&2 Match 29 Adam Scott (International) defeated Phil Mickelson (U.S.), 2&1 Match 30 Retief Goosen (International) defeated Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 1-up Match 31 Jim Furyk (U.S.) defeated Ernie Els (International), 4&3 Match 32 David Toms (U.S.) defeated Robert Allenby (International), 7&5 Match 33 Tiger Woods (U.S.) defeated Aaron Baddeley (International), 4&3 Match 34 Steve Stricker (U.S.) defeated Y.E. Yang (International), 2&1 Among the notable victories, American Jim Furyk defeated Ernie Els 4&3 to finish as the only player to record a 5-0-0 record at this year&aposs Cup. With the win, Furyk now has 20 victories in his Presidents Cup career, tied with Tiger Woods for the most all-time. Combined, the US team members who won on Sunday had 20 years of Presidents Cup experience between them. International team member Adam Scott, who beat Phil Mickelson 2&1, said he was disappointed not to wrest the Cup from the Americans but enjoyed an unforgettable event. “It&aposs disappointing to not get the Cup this year, but to have this event here at home, it has been a fantastic week and one I&aposll remember for my whole career,” Scott said. “We played hard. I think it&aposs just a really demanding golf course. No matter how good you are, on this course it&aposs just too hard to hit the ball well to get it around here. And they might have done it just a little bit better than us this week.”