Presidents Cup: US Beat Internationals 18½-15½
The United States secured a fifth successive Presidents Cup success over the Internationals at Muirfield Village in Ohio with an 18½-15½ victory.
The hosts led 11½-6½ before Sunday’s foursome matches, which were held up due to storms, and 12 singles. The internationals won six of the first nine singles matches completed in Ohio but Tiger Woods’ one-up victory over Richard Sterne sealed the result.
The US has now clinched eight of the 10 stagings of the event, including one draw.
Additionally, it was the third victory in a row for US captain Fred Couples. The US needed only four points from Sunday's singles to retain the Cup, having established a lead of 14-8 after the delayed final foursome’s session.
Jason Day won the first point after decimating Brandt Snedeker 6&4, before Hunter Mahan defeated Hideki Matsuyama of Japan 3&2.
Jason Dufner was in fine form as he dispossessed Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge 4&3, while Canada’s Graham DeLaet holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie at the 18th, narrowly edging out Jordan Spieth one up.
Zach Johnson wrapped up a comfortable 4&2 win over South African Branden Grace to put the US 17-10 ahead, before Masters champion Adam Scott scored another win for the Internationals with a 2&1 win over Bill Haas.
South African Ernie Els scraped past Steve Stricker one up, Australian Marc Leishman sank a 14-footer from the fringe to par the last and beat Matt Kuchar by the same margin before former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa beat Keegan Bradley 2&1.
World number one Tiger Woods, who won three matches of the four in partnership with Kuchar earlier in the week, shrugged off back pain to claim overall victory with two matches to finish.
Webb Simpson and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen then tied their match before Argentina’s Angel Cabrera overhauled Phil Mickelson one-up.