It’s only fitting that the PGA Tour Player of the Year, Tiger Woods, would clinch the 10th Presidents Cup for the United States.
Woods sealed the 18th and winning point for the United States on Sunday, defeating Richard Sterne of South Africa 1 up to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth consecutive time.
Woods battled a back injury that first flared up ahead of The Barclays at the end of August and the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, at points barely able to bend over to pick up his ball.
The first six holes of the match were halved between Woods and Sterne before Woods lost the seventh hole. Woods squared the match with a winning birdie at the ninth and a concession at the par-3 12th, a hole that has given most of the 24 players between the two teams a lot of fits this week.
A Sterne birdie at the 14th squared the match again before a Woods par at the tricky par-3 16th gave Woods the 1-up lead he’d maintain to win his point and the Presidents Cup for the Americans.
The final score is still to be determined, but the Americans will head to Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in South Korea in 2015, looking for sixth straight win in the biennial matches.
2013 Presidents Cup Sunday Singles Matches and Results
Ernie Els (INTL) beats Steve Stricker (U.S.), 1 up
Hunter Mahan (U.S.) beats Hideki Matsuyama (INTL), 3 & 2
Jason Dufner (U.S.) beats Brendon de Jonge (INTL), 4 & 3
Jason Day (INTL) beats Brandt Snedeker (U.S.), 6 & 4
Graham DeLaet (INTL) beats Jordan Spieth (U.S.), 1 up
Adam Scott (INTL) beats Bill Haas (U.S.), 2 & 1
Zach Johnson (U.S.) beats Branden Grace (INTL), 4 & 2
Marc Leishman (INTL) beats Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 1 up
Tiger Woods (U.S.) beats Richard Sterne (INTL), 1 up to win the Presidents Cup
Keegan Bradley (U.S.) beats Charl Schwartzel (INTL), 2 & 1
Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (INTL)
Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Angel Cabrera (INTL)