Tiger Woods got the winning point as the U.S. claimed a fifth straight victory against a team of international players in golf’s Presidents Cup.
World No. 1 Woods beat Richard Sterne of South Africa by one hole to take the U.S. past the 17 1/2 points it needed for victory at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The host nation, which led 14-8 going into today’s 12 singles matches, won the biennial event by a score of 18 1/2 to 15 1/2.
The U.S. has an 8-1-1 record in the matches, which began in 1994 against players from countries outside Europe.
Play was suspended yesterday because of darkness with four foursome matches -- in which teammates alternate hitting shots with the same ball -- still on the course. Those matches concluded this morning, with the tee off times for the singles brought forward because of a threat of rain.
Jason Day got the first point of the day with a 6-and-4 demolition of Brandt Snedeker, meaning the Australian led by six holes with four left to play.
Hunter Mahan then defeated Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama 3-and-2 and Jason Dufner beat Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe 4-and-3 to make the match score 16-9 to the U.S.
Moments after Graham DeLaet of Canada defeated Jordan Spieth by one hole, Zach Johnson won 4-and-2 against South African Branden Grace to leave the U.S. needing another half point for victory.
Adam Scott of Australia made it 17-11 with a 2-and-1 victory against Bill Haas and Ernie Els of South Africa cut the deficit to five points with a one-hole victory over Steve Stricker.
Marc Leishman from Australia kept the match alive with a one-hole win against Matt Kuchar before Woods gave his team an insurmountable 18-14 lead with the final two matches still on the course. Woods took the lead for good when Sterne made a bogey at the par-3 16th hole.
Webb Simpson halved his match against Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Angel Cabrera of Argentina won the final two holes against Phil Mickelson to pull out a 1-up victory.
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