The unforgiving Royal Melbourne turf proved no match for Tiger Woods and the American team as they clenched the coveted Presidents Cup on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
It was the second time straight that Woods would earn the title, a welcome feat after what many perceived as a lackluster performance earlier in the week. Woods’ shot from out of a deep bunker on the 15th hole put away Australian Aaron Baddeley and gave the Americans the point they needed to win.
Woods closed out Baddeley, 4 and 3, and the celebration was on. The only thing left was for Steve Stricker in the anchor match to beat Y.E. Yang for the final score, 19-15.
"I was hoping it wasn't going to come down to us," Woods said. I was hoping that Stricks and I could take a victory lap back here. But we didn't get off to a good start early. I was telling Joey (LaCava) on the range, 'It's probably going to come down to the last four matches.' We needed to get our point, so we went out there and played really well today and put a lot of heat on Badds."
The Americans have won seven of the nine Presidents Cups since its inception in 1994.
U.S. captain Fred Couples, who had been criticized for recruiting Woods to the team given his knee injury that hampered play this summer and personal trouble over the past two years, said that he felt Woods this week proved to himself that he had gotten his mojo back. “Obviously, we want to win the cup, but it’s more important for me to have people realize that he can play the game," Couples said.
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