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Tiger Woods finishes a perfect Presidents Cup

Woods gets the clinching point as the U.S. defeats Internationals, 191/2-141/2.

October 12, 2009|Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods provided a fitting conclusion Sunday to a perfect week at the Presidents Cup, for him and an American team that remains perfect at home.

With a flop shot out of the trees to set up one last birdie, Woods won the point that clinched the cup and made him only the third player in the Presidents Cup to win all five matches.

His 6-and-5 victory over Y.E. Yang was a tiny token of revenge for Woods blowing a final-round lead to him in the PGA Championship this summer. Even so, it was the first time in either the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup that Woods earned the decisive point.

And he didn't even know it.

"Oh, perfect," Woods said. "All I knew was I was trying to get my point, and I was 5-up trying to make it six."

Phil Mickelson wrapped it up with a 2-and-1 victory over Retief Goosen, leaving Mickelson unbeaten (4-0-1) in the Presidents Cup for the second time in the last three contests.

The Americans won, 19 1/2 -14 1/2 , the same margin as last time against an overmatched International team.

"They are just one hell of a team," Ernie Els said. "We have to pretty much go back to the drawing board, because they are a pretty well-oiled team, and it's hard to beat that kind of team."

The United States leads 6-1-1 since the Presidents Cup began in 1994, and it improved to 5-0 on home soil.

This is the first time since 2000 that the U.S. holds the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup at the same time.

"I'm sure we tried our best all week," Australia's Geoff Ogilvy said after his 2-and-1 victory over Steve Stricker. "Coming in today, we had too much to do and the U.S. team was obviously very motivated."

British Open champion Stewart Cink, disgusted with his performance Saturday, asked to play early and he put the first point on the board by overwhelming Adam Scott.

Sean O'Hair and Anthony Kim followed with big victories of their own, and Hunter Mahan eventually won his match over Camilo Villegas, the only player to get shut out at Harding Park.

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