Melbourne: United States captain Tiger Woods lead as the Americans dominated the Sunday singles to overhaul the Internationals at Royal Melbourne and claim an eighth successive Presidents Cup.
Woods clinched a record 27th win in the event with a 3&2 victory over Abraham Ancer to fire up his team and then beamed from the sidelines as they landed crushing early blows before sealing the event with a match to spare.
Matt Kuchar rolled in the winning putt from just over five feet on the par-four 17th in the penultimate match against Louis Oosthuizen, ensuring the Americans would reach the minimum winning score of 15.5 points.
Trailing 10-8 to start the 12 singles matches, the US needed 7 1/2 points while the Internationals needed just 5 1/2. Much was at stake for both teams’ captains. It was Woods’ debut as a U.S. captain for team events — the first of what could be several — and he didn’t want to start it with a loss to the underdog Internationals.