Tiger Woods sank the winning putt at Harding Park in San Francisco as the United States won the Presidents Cup for a sixth time, beating the International team by 19 1/2 points to 14 1/2.
The US had needed just five points from the 12 singles rubbers going into the final day of the eighth Presidents Cup and set about winning the tournament straight away with Hunter Mahan coming from behind to beat Camilo Villegas 2 and 1, and Stewart Cink overcoming Australian Adam Scott 4 and 3 to secure the second match.
Anthony Kim watched another Australian, Robert Allenby miss a short putt on the 15th to gift the US a 5 and 3, and put them within sight of victory with just two points needed.
Sean O’Hair’s victory over Ernie Els 6 and 4 left Tiger Woods to secure the victory and also revenge over Korean USPGA Champion Y E Yang, who had come from two shots behind to deny the American the USPGA Championship at Hazeltine in August, which ended Woods’ 100% record of winning all 14 of his majors when leading going into the final round.
United States captain Fred Couples praised Woods and O’Hair after the win;
“Today he won a huge battle, I couldn’t be happier for him and for me to have him win the decisive point. The whole time, I needed him – it sounds stupid – to go 5-0. You never can assume anything but we were hoping he would get a point.
Besides him, Sean O’Hair came up huge to beat Ernie, who’s a world class player. Sean was a guy we had a hunch about and he came up big today.”